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Annual NIFA Reporting Deb Hamernik Associate Dean, Agricultural Research Associate Director, NE Ag Experiment Station Jared Evert Data Management Specialist Agricultural Research Division December, 2015 Background USDA NIFA requires annual progress reports on Competitive grants (e.g., AFRI) Due on anniversary of award start date Project Director contacted by NIFA(Yes)
Capacity grants Hatch (regular)team and individual projects Hatch (multistate)if have $ from ARD McIntire-Stennis Section 1433 Animal Health Research ARD due date: December 18, 2015
How NIFA Uses The Information Accountable to Congress for public dollars Requests for new funding for research Speeches, newsletters, annual reports Annual Progress Report Content Overview Describe what you have done during the last year: Capacity Reporting Period is Oct 1-Sept 30 Progress reports must be completed in order Emphasize innovative techniques & tools Accomplishments section should stand alone List outputs
Discuss outreach activities (if any) Use adjectives, current statistics, metrics, data Do NOT use jargon, abbreviations, acronyms Write with an active voice Annual Progress Report Participants Report any FTE that worked on project Should not be tied to funding 1 FTE= 2080 working hours 1 Grad student= .50 Pool undergrads ~.10-.20 CIP count is a whole number head count Corresponds to any student FTE entered
Presentations or seminars Workshops, symposia, meetings Number of people attending a meeting Technology, tools, protocols, assays Students or postdoctoral fellows Annual Progress Report Target Audience Specific stakeholders/clientele:
Scientists Extension personnel or other educators Farmers, ranchers, producers Policy makers Consumers or the public Explain the issuemake it relevant: Who does it impact? So what? Why?
Annual Progress Report Accomplishments What Was Accomplished Under The Goals? Accomplishments = impacts & outcomes achieved as a result of the project NIFA expects this section to stand alone from other sections in the annual progress report! Annual progress reports that do not follow this format will be returned for revisions! Annual Progress Report Accomplishments Introductory paragraph: Describe the issue for a broad audience
Describe what was accomplished with public $$ and discuss results & conclusions (bottom line) Translate results into broader outcomes and impacts for the real world (i.e., the big picture) Connect to current issues/hot topics Use plain, non-technical language Use numbers that are meaningful to the public Usually describe real or true impacts instead of potential impacts Annual Progress Report Impacts State the impact(s) as a change in: Knowledge
Appropriate for basic science Short-term (<5 years) Action or Behavior Medium-term (5-10 years) Condition Economic, environmental, social Long-term (>10 years) Wont have impact in all 3 areas every year!
Annual Progress Report Examples of Impacts Change in Knowledge: Identify a new gene, protein, mechanism Increased understanding Change in Action/Behavior: Adoption of technology or management Change in diet Change in Conditions:
Increased profitability or decreased costs Improved water, soil, or air quality Healthier people or communities Annual Progress Report Accomplishments Second paragraph: Re-type each goal and objective listed on the project initiation form and describe: Major activities/experiments conducted Data collected Summary and discussion of results Key outcomes or impacts
If no activity on a goal/objective during this reporting period, can indicate no accomplishments Annual Progress Report Changes/Problems Major changes include: Major problems or delays in timeline or goals Unexpected outcomes Changes in approved protocols for use or care of animals, human subjects, and/or biohazards during the reporting period Annual Progress Report Summary
Capacity covers reporting period Oct 1-Sept 30 NIFA grants determined by start date What Was Accomplished Under These Goals should be a stand-alone section Key project outcomes or impacts Reports used by USDA and NIFA leaders, legislators, public, farmers/ranchers Justify investments of public dollars Request new funding for research Project Change Possible reasons for a Project Change Change in PI or to add a Co-PI
Change in End Date to Terminate a project early Final Reports within 90 days of Project End Date Change in goals or objectives May require additional Project Initiation info if originally Initiated thru CRIS Grandfathered projects dont have a lot of the currently requested data Incomplete fields noted in red text on Submit screen Final Report
All prior Progress Reports must be submitted Can only be filed within 90 days of end date Project Change to terminate early Covers project duration except FTE & Products FTE guidelines same as Progress reporting Report products only for last reporting period Previously submitted items are archived from past Progress Reports
Resources ARD Web Link for REEport Guides http://ard.unl.edu/usda-grant-reporting-reeport USDA-NIFA REEport portal login: http://portal.nifa.usda.gov Utilize the REEport embedded help by clicking the ? next to most data fields Questions? Deb Hamernik [email protected]
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