Elizabeth Ley

Elizabeth Ley has been a part of the research community for over 30 years and is familiar with how the availability of grant funding plays a key role in meeting institutional objectives. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Botany, she joined the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland as a field botanist, dependent on grant funding. While at the USDA/ARS U.S. National Arboretum for 22 years, she relied on outside grants to fund projects and staff. As the Gardens Unit Leader, she worked collaboratively with other Federal and private organizations to move the goals of the horticultural research and outreach communities forward. During her first seven years at NIFA she supported the grant programs for integrated pest management and other plant production efforts, interacting with individuals during the application, review, and award processes. Over the last three years, Elizabeth has helped lead the agency's efforts to improve the technological tools that support the grants management business processes. She is a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt. Elizabeth will discuss the USDA's ezFedGrants system that is now available to applicants emphasizing the way NIFA is currently using the system, and touch on future planned developments.