Project Initiation

Initiation process for a new Hatch (Regular), McIntire-Stennis or Animal Health Project:

After your project proposal has been peer-reviewed and approved, you will be asked to complete a project initiation. Complete the initiation form online via REEport. You may use this template, which includes instructions, to develop your project initiation and then copy and paste the information into the online form. TEMPLATE_REEport project initiation form.docx

Helpful guidance can be found in these documents:

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Once you have completed the initiation form online, click "submit" for review by Research Programs Office.

Once the completed initiation form is reviewed and approved by the Research Programs Office, the project proposal and project initiation are submitted to USDA for their review and approval.