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2017 Fall ESS/AES/ARD Meeting and Workshop

  • September 25-28, 2017
  • Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA
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2017 APLU Annual Meeting

2018 Joint CARET/AHS Meeting

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  • April 2-4, 2018
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Contact Information

North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NCRA)

Dr. Jeff Jacobsen, Executive Director
jjacobsn (at)
446 West Circle, Room 109H
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-7965

Christina Hamilton, Assistant Director
(NIMSS and Multistate Project Contact)
christina.hamilton (at)
205E Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2349
Fax: (608) 265-4528


The MRC has the responsibility to make a recommendation to the NCRA membership regarding the renewal and continuation of projects within the multistate research fund portfolio. NCRA has established a protocol of using the NCA committees as peer reviewers and requiring that the AA of a project also serve as a peer reviewer. To facilitate the review of projects by MRC, the MRC has developed these guidelines.

Prior to the MRC meeting:

Lead Reviewer: A member of the MRC will be assigned the lead reviewer of each project submitted to MRC for approval as a new project, renewed project or mid-term reviewed project. The NCRA Office will make the assignments.

Review Form: The lead reviewer will access information on the project through NIMSS. To facilitate the review, the lead reviewer should use the same form used by the AA and NCA committees in reviewing the project. He/She can use NIMSS' review form as guides/framework in initial review.  These forms are NOT to be submitted – only printed off as a guide for organizing the lead reviewer’s analysis, which can be a free-form paragraph, listing detailed revisions requested if any are needed. This review statement should be sent to the NCRA office in advance of the MRC meeting by the deadline set for that year (usually around mid-March).

Appendix H

NC-research projects

Appendix I

Midterm reviews of NC-research projects

Appendix J-1

New/renewal NCCC projects

Appendix J-2

New/renewal NCERA projects

Appendix K Midterm review of NCCC/NCERA projects

Analysis of the Project: The lead reviewer should comment on criteria in all sections of the review form. The comments should take into account and respond to all issues raised in the reviews by the AA and NCA committee(s) that reviewed the project.

During the MRC meeting:

The lead reviewer of each project methodically uses the appropriate appendix to guide the discussion of each project for which he/she is responsible and briefly discuss the review they completed.

The lead reviewer should be prepared to make a recommendation to the MRC to: (1) accept the project as submitted, (2) accept the project in principle but ask the project team to resubmit the proposal after considering the suggested changes proposed by the MRC, AA or NCA committee(s). Minor revisions can be approved by the MRC lead reviewer, while major revisions need to be approved by the MRC and NCRA at the summer NCRA business meeting, (3) reject the project proposal, or (4) reject the project proposal but approve continuation as an NCDC.

The MRC presents an overall recommendation it to the NC Directors for discussion and formal approval.

After the MRC meeting:

The NC Assistant Director/NIMSS system admin enters the approved MRC reviews into NIMSS and shares them with the project/proposal members. Any revisions must be completed by the project members by the due date set. The revised proposal/project is shared with the lead reviewer for approval.