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1Introduction to NIFA Mark Poth Sustainable Bioenergy Division Director firstname.lastname@example.org
2Center for International Programs 4 NIFA InstitutesInstitute of food production & sustainabilityInstitute of food safety & nutritionInstitute of bioenergy, climate, & environmentInstitute for youth, family, communities1 CenterCenter for International Programs
3NIFA Director (Acting) Institute of Food Production and SustainabilityDivision of Animal SystemsDivision of Plant Systems - ProtectionDivision of Plant Systems - ProductionDivision of Agricultural SystemsInstitute of Bioenergy, Climate, and EnvironmentDivision of BioenergyDivision of Global Climate ChangeDivision of Environmental SystemsInstitute of Food Safety and NutritionDivision of NutritionDivision of Food SafetyInstitute of Youth, Family, and CommunityDivision of Community and EducationDivision of Youth and 4-HDivision of Family and Consumer SciencesOffice of Grants and Financial ManagementAwards Management DivisionPolicy and Oversight DivisionFinancial Operations DivisionOffice of Information TechnologyApplications DivisionOperations and Administrative Systems DivisionInformation Policy, Planning, and Training DivisionEqual Opportunity StaffBudget StaffCommunications StaffPlanning, Accountability, & Reporting StaffCenter for International ProgramsNIFADirector (Acting)Chavonda Jacobs-Young
4National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) established by the 2008 Farm Bill Research enables us to develop the knowledge needed to solve many of the issues facing our nationEducation strengthens schools and universities to train the next generation of scientists, educators, producers, and citizensExtension brings the knowledge gained through research and education to the people who need it most – in the United States and around the world
5Tom VilsackSecretary, USDADr. Cathie WotekiUnder Secretary Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, and the Department's Chief ScientistDr. Chavonda Jacobs-YoungActing Director, NIFA
7Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Authorized for appropriation of $700 million for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012FY 2010 funding = $262 millionFY 2011 funding = $264 millionIndirect costs capped at 22%No less than 30% of funds will be made available for integrated programs
8Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Of funds allocated for research:No less than 40% made available for applied researchNo less than 60% made available for fundamental researchNo less than 30% for multi-disciplinary teamsNo less than 2% for equipment grants
9Agriculture and Food Research Initiative FY 2011/2012 Challenge Area RFAsChildhood Obesity PreventionClimate ChangeGlobal Food SecurityFood SafetySustainable Bioenergy
10Agriculture and Food Research Initiative FY 2011/12 Challenge Area RFAsSignificant focus on achieving measurable outcomesOffers funding for research, education, extension, and integrated projectsMost grants made as continuation awardsRange of award sizes; some as large at $2 million per year
11Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational Program RFAPlant Health and Production and Plant ProductsAnimal Health and Production and Animal ProductsFood Safety, Nutrition, and HealthRenewable Energy, Natural Resources, and EnvironmentAgriculture Systems and TechnologyAgriculture Economics and Rural Communities
12Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational Program RFABuilding a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challengesOffers funding for research projects onlyGrants generally $500,000 or less each in total
13Agriculture and Food Research Initiative NIFA Fellowships Program RFAOffering individual fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students – NIFA FellowsProjects to focus on the broad Challenge AreasPre-doctoral fellowships: $75,000 for two years of support (stipend, tuition, fees, fringe, travel)Post-doctoral fellowships: $130,000 for two years of support (primarily salary; also supplies, travel, etc.)
14Project Types and Eligibility Research Projects – basic and applied, multidisciplinaryEducation ProjectsExtension ProjectsThe broader AFRI Eligibility applies to these single-function project types
15AFRI Eligibility State agricultural experiment stations Colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher)University research foundationsOther research institutions and organizationsFederal agencies and national laboratoriesPrivate organizations or corporationsU.S. Citizens, nationals, or permanent residentsEligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations
16Project Types and Eligibility Integrated Projects – integration of research, education and extension (at least two of three, or all three when specified in the RFA)The 406 or Integrated Eligibility applies to this multi-functional project type
17406 or Integrated Eligibility Colleges and universities1994 Land-Grant InstitutionsHispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities
18Grant Types Standard Grant Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) GrantConference GrantFood and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grant
19FASE GrantsImprove research, education, and extension capabilities of:institutions in EPSCoR statesfaculty from small, mid-sized, and minority-serving institutions (with limited success)single or co-investigators beginning research, education, or extension careerspre-doctoral students and post-doctoral scientists
21An Overview of Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Programs
22IntegratedResearchEducationExtensionTo bring the three functions of the agricultural knowledge system around a problem area or issuePlease discuss that programs have different requirements of how many of the functions need to be included to be considered integrated. Some programs require that only two of the three functions are required, where as others require all three functions.
23NIFA’s Integrated Programs The three functions should:Be interwoven throughout the life of the projectComplement and reinforce one anotherBe interdependent and necessary for the success of the projectMention that on day 2 in Plenary Session 3, there will be a presentation that will focus on Integrated Projects. The presentation will cover the definition and theory of integrated projects, characteristics of integrated projects, and description of optimal integration.
24NIFA’s Integrated Programs Agriculture and Food Research InitiativeSection 406 Integrated, Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants ProgramSpecialty Crop Research InitiativeOrganic Agriculture Research and Extension InitiativeRegional Integrated Pest ManagementInternational Science and Education Competitive Grants Program
26AFRI Integrated Programs Fundamental and applied researchEducationExtensionIntegrated research, extension, and/or educationAFRI is authorized to solicit single-function basic and applied research, education, and extension projects and multi-functional integrated projects.
27AFRI Integrated Programs Authorized for appropriation of $700 million for each of fiscal years through 2012No less than 30% will be made available for integrated programs
28AFRI Integrated Eligibility Colleges and universities,1994 land-grant institutions, and Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universitiesAFRI integrated projects use the same eligibility as 406 programs
29AFRI Grant Types Standard Grants Coordinated Agricultural Project GrantsPlanning/Coordination GrantsConference GrantsFood and Agricultural Science Enhancement Grants (FASE)Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship GrantsNew Investigator GrantsStrengthening GrantsIntegrated Projects maybe be proposed through many different grant types.
30Key Points for AFRI Integrated Projects Must include two of the three functions (research, education, and/or extension per the RFA!)Applications must contain objectives for each function in the projectMust budget sufficient resources to carry out the set of research, education, and/or extension activitiesNo more than 2/3 on a single functionKey requirements for AFRI Integrated Projects
31Key Points for AFRI Integrated Projects Applications must provide the elements of a logic model (e.g., activities, outputs, and outcomes) in narrative form or logic model chartMust include individuals on the project team with significant expertise in each component of the projectApplications must contain a clearly articulated management plan to ensure efficient functioning of the teamKey requirements for AFRI Integrated Projects
32AFRI Integrated Program Areas Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge AreaClimate Change Challenge AreaGlobal Food Security Challenge AreaFood Safety Challenge AreaSustainable Bioenergy Challenge AreaFoundational ProgramMention that in FY 2010, integrated projects were solicited in each of the five challenge areas. In FY 2011, we intend to continue to offer integrated projects in each of the five challenge areas AND limited opportunities for integrated projects in the Foundational Program.
33Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program (Section 406)
34Section 406Authorized in Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) Provides funding for integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, education, and extension activities
35Section 406 Appropriations 2000 $39.54 M M M M M M2006 $42.29 M M M M M MHopefully we’ll have more information about the Section 406 programs and their fate, but feel free to talk about their current status.
36Section 406 EligibilityColleges and universities,1994 land-grant institutions, and Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universitiesEligibility is same as AFRI Integrated Projects
37Section 406 Program Areas National Integrated Food Safety Initiative National Integrated Water Quality ProgramOrganic Transitions Program
38Section 406 Program Areas Integrated Pest Management Regional Pest Management CentersCrops at RiskRisk Avoidance & MitigationMethyl Bromide Transitions
40Specialty Crop Research Initiative Supports research and extension that takes a systems-based, trans-disciplinary approach to solving critical specialty crop issues, priorities or problems
41SCRI EligibilityFederal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State agricultural experiment stations, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities
42SCRI Program AreasProjects must address at least one of five focus areas:Plant breeding, genetics, and genomics to improve crop characteristicsIdentification and addressing threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
43SCRI Program AreasImprovement of production efficiency, productivity, and profitability over the long termNew innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripeningMethods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in production and processing of specialty crops
44Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) Supports projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products
45OREI EligibilityState agricultural experiment stations, colleges and universities, university research foundations, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, national laboratories, private organizations or corporations, individuals who are United States citizens or national, or a group consisting of two or more of these entitiesEligibility is same as 406
46OREI Program Characteristics OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning and ecosystem integrationFieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives
47OREI Program Characteristics Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producersPriority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics
48International Science and Education Program Support research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension, and teaching
50Other Competitive Programs Biotechnology Risk AssessmentRenewable Resource Extension Act -National Focus FundsRangeland ResearchBiomass Research and DevelopmentBeginning Farmers and Ranchers DevelopmentSmall Business Innovation ResearchSustainable Agricultural Research and Education
51Understanding the Review Process at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
52Overview of the Competitive Grant Proposal Process Application ProcessReview ProcessAwards and DeclinesPost-Panel Administration
53Application Process Request for Application (RFA) Posted to the NIFA websitelink to “Grants” pageRFA defines the program… do not rely on third party or web based summaries!The RFA may include several sub programs with different requirements and deadlines. Read the RFA carefully.
54Application Process Request for Application (RFA) Are you ready to submit?DUNS Number?Has you CCR expired?
55Application Process Request for Application (RFA) Project Directors submit Letter of Intent (LOI)When applicable – not required for all programs. HOWEVER, if required and this is missed this will preclude submission of a full applicationRequirements provided in RFASubmission at the LOI deadline in advance of proposal deadline
56Application Process Develop proposal following: Specific program goals, priorities and published deadline and guidelines provided in RFASubmit proposal electronically (www.grants.gov)Highly recommend submitting at least 72 hr before deadline (especially fro larger more complicated applications)Late applications are NOT accepted!
57During the Review Process Contact NPL if you do not receive an within 4 weeks acknowledging receipt of your proposalKeep program updated of changes in address, phone number, status of other pending proposals, and COI statusWait for notification of funding decision based on initial NPL received that also overviewed anticipated timeline (contact NPL if deadline passes !)
58Competitive Peer Review Process Reviewed and rated highly by the NRCDesigned to be scholarly & fair: Review by peers & other experts Provide written & verbal evaluationsUnderstand the review process for your specific program (research; education; extension; integrated) to prepare a competitive proposal Program-dependent evaluation factors are critical to the success of an applicationResearch vs integrated vs education etc. AFRI vs other programs
59Panel Member Selection Active in Research, Education or ExtensionBalanced to represent breadth of proposals and applicants:DisciplineGeographyInstitution Size and TypeProfessional RankGender & EthnicityContinuity: experience in the review process
60Role of Panelists Review up to 20 proposals; # depends on program Provide scientific, constructive & fair evaluationProtect confidentialityAvoid Conflict of Interest
61Protecting Confidentiality Proposal content and identity of applicantReviewer identityReviews (shared with PD only)Panel proceedings
62Avoiding Conflicts of Interest Advisors and advisees (lifetime)Collaborators and co-authors (3 years)InstitutionalAnyone who stands to materially profit from an award decisionOther personal reasons defined by the reviewer
63Avoiding Conflicts of Interest (cont.) Applies to NPL, Panel Manager, panelists and ad hoc reviewersMay not participate in any aspect of evaluationMay not participate in decision regarding budget, project scope, or project duration
64Reviewer Evaluation of Proposals Reviewers prepare written reviewsUse RFA evaluation criteriaAddress strengths and weaknessesMake suggestions for improvementReviewers provide individual summary ratingExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
65Evaluation Criteria (e.g., AFRI research proposals) Scientific meritQualifications of project personnel, adequacy of facilities, and project managementRelevance and importance of topic to US Agriculture as articulated by the program’s priorities
66Review Panel Meeting Interactive Panel discussion Panel consensus and categorizingOutstandingHigh PriorityMedium PriorityLow PriorityDo Not FundTriagePrepare panel summary
67Preparation of the Panel Summary POSITIVE AspectsNEGATIVE AspectsSYNTHESIS
68Panel Meeting: Final Day Re-rank of proposals:Re-visit all categoriesNumerical ranking - usually only proposals ranked in top ~25%
69Funding of ranked applications Budgets may be adjusted as recommended by the panelNPL and PM make decisions to fund eligible projects “below the line” from set aside funds ( AFRI Strengthening and New Investigator grants)NPL and Panel Manager prepare funding list according to panel ranking for review and approval by Division Director and Assistant Director
70Post-panel: Declined Proposals and/or letter to the PD from National Program LeaderReturn of:Written reviewsPanel summaryRelative ranking
72Post-panel NPL Approved Budget and determines recommended award amount Collects and prepares paperwork (with program staff) including assurance statements, Current Research Information System initial reportFeedback and consultation on declined proposalsReporting performance, summaries, success stories & highlights (USDA, Congress, White House - OSTP, OMB, others)Program communication including outreach & promotionMeets annually with all funded Project Directors
73Post-panelOGFMReviews all award materials (Terms and conditions, assurance statements, reviews, etc.)Reviews Budget for compliance (indirect rates, match if required, etc.)Makes payments using ASAP systemWithholds payments for inadequate progress and failure to meet terms and conditions requirementsConducts financial audits