The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, shall make competitive grants to institutions of higher education to carry out agricultural and rural transportation research and education activities.
Research and education grants made under this section shall be used to address rural transportation and logistics needs of agricultural producers and related rural businesses, including—
(1)the transportation of biofuels; and
(2)the export of agricultural products.
(c) Selection criteria
(1) In general
The Secretary shall award grants under this section on the basis of the transportation research, education, and outreach expertise of the applicant, as determined by the Secretary.
In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to institutions of higher education for use in coordinating research and education activities with other institutions of higher education with similar agricultural and rural transportation research and education programs.
(d) Diversification of research
The Secretary shall award grants under this section in areas that are regionally diverse and broadly representative of the diversity of agricultural production and related transportation needs in the rural areas of the United States.
(e) Matching funds requirement
The Secretary shall require each recipient of a grant under this section to provide, from non-Federal sources, in cash or in kind, 50 percent of the cost of carrying out activities under the grant.
(f) Grant review
A grant shall be awarded under this section on a competitive, peer- and merit-reviewed basis in accordance with section
7613(a) of this title.
(g) No duplication
In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall ensure that activities funded under this section do not duplicate the efforts of the University Transportation Centers described in sections
5506 of title
(h) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
Section was enacted as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, and not as part of subtitle H of title XVI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 which comprises this subchapter.
“Secretary” as meaning the Secretary of Agriculture, see section
8701 of this title.
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