FAQ's

  1. How can I become an official participant of a Multistate Research Project?
  2. What is a Multistate Research Project?
  3. What is the process to establish a Multistate Research Project?
  4. I have a project collaborating with researchers in other states. Does this qualify as a Multistate Research Project?
  5. Do I get any funding for participating on a Multistate Research Committee?

1. How can I become an official participant of a Multistate Research Project?

Obtain approval from your department chair, submit an Appendix E to Lynn Laws in the Research Programs Office.

 

2. What is a Multistate Research Project?

A Multistate Research Project involves cooperative, jointly planned research employing multidisciplinary approaches to solve problems of concern to multiple states or across a region. Multistate Projects are officially approved by a regional association of agricultural experiment station directors and by USDA. Multistate Projects also include National Projects involving multiple regions such as NRSP-1, NRSP-8, etc.

A Multistate Research Project can serve as an Experiment Station project [a Hatch (Multistate) Project] for research appointments in the Experiment Station.

 

3. What is the process to establish a Multistate Research Project?

In most cases, a group of principal investigators representing multiple states identifies a research area that requires collaboration among many researchers across state lines. These researchers then initiate the process of establishing a Multistate Research Project by working with their respective experiment station directors.

A project proposal is prepared and the coordinating experiment station director presents the proposal to the regional experiment station directors association for discussion and approval. Once approved by the regional experiment station directors association, the project is filed with USDA for approval. During this process, a call for participation is sent out inviting scientists to participate in the project.

When new Multistate Research Projects are being established, or terminating projects are being revised, faculty will be invited to join. E-mails will be sent to department chairs and/or faculty informing them of new projects or revisions of projects. These e-mail notices include links to more information on particular projects.

  • Information on Multistate Research Projects is available on the National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) Web site: https://www.nimss.org/
  • Experiment Station faculty who are interested in participating in a Multistate Research Project must complete an Appendix E form and submit it to Lynn Laws in the Research Programs Office. Involvement in any Multistate committee must be approved by the Experiment Station director.
  • Upon the director’s approval of faculty involvement in a Multistate Research Project and USDA approval of the project, faculty must complete Project Initiation in REEport to establish an associated Experiment Station project.

 

4. I have a project collaborating with researchers in other states. Does this qualify as a Multistate Research Project?

Not necessarily. It depends on whether your project is an active, official Multistate Research Project listed in NIMSS (see FAQ #2, above). If not, then it does not fit the requirements for a Hatch (Multistate) project.

 

5. Do I get any funding for participating on a Multistate Research Committee?

The Experiment Station will likely use federal Hatch Multistate dollars to fund part of your salary. In addition, the official Iowa representative to each committee is eligible to receive funding to help defray the costs of attending the committee's annual meeting. See the Experiment Station Multistate Travel Fund Policy for more details. Exceptions may be made to the policy on a case-by-case basis. Contact Lynn Laws (4-4544) in the Research Programs Office with questions.

 

For more information about Multistate Research Projects, contact or Lynn Laws in the Research Programs Office.