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NCRA 2017 Spring Meeting

  • April 3-5, 2017
  • Courtyard by Marriott Riverwalk San Antonio, TX
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Joint COPs Session 2017

Summer Mini Land-grant Meeting 2017

  • July 23-25, 2017
  • FourPoints by Sheraton, 1600 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette, IN
  • More info coming soon

2017 Fall ESS/AES/ARD Meeting and Workshop

  • September 25-28, 2017
  • Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA
  • More details TBA

Contact Information

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

Dr. Jeff Jacobsen, Executive Director
jjacobsn (at)
446 West Circle, Room 408
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

Recommended procedure for serving as an MRC lead reviewer

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 uses NIMSS Special Forms Appendices 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:

Appendix H-1

NC/NRSP projects

Appendix I

Midterm reviews of NC/NRSP projects

Appendix J-1

NCR projects

Appendix K

Midterm review of NCR projects

For NCT projects, a review form need not be used to guide the discussion of the MRC.  Rather, the lead reviewer can provide his/her recommendation in free form

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 creates a brief statement describing the review and recommendation.

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). The project will be reconsidered by the MRC and NCRA at the Summer meeting, (3) reject the project proposal, or (4) reject the project proposal but approve continuation as an NCT.

The MRC presents and 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.