researcher may have a single federal formula-funded agricultural research
project that encompasses the breadth of his or her research program. However,
when appropriate, a team of faculty may submit a joint project. An alternative
is a multistate research project that involves scientists from two or
more states who are mutually responsible for accomplishing the objectives of
the project and that has been approved by USDA-NIFA national program leaders.
Other multistate projects are approved only by
Agricultural Research directors and not by USDA-NIFA national program leaders.
These multistate projects tend to focus on networking of scientists to develop
research ideas and/or to develop Extension and other educational programs.
These multistate projects cannot be considered as replacements for Hatch, McIntire-Stennis,
or Animal Health federal formula-funded projects.
The North Central Regional Association
of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NCRA) is one of four regional
associations responsible for facilitating regional and national research.
Establishing a multistate project requires
approval of a five-year multistate research proposal. Information about proposal preparation for the North Central Region is on
the National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) website.
NIMSS is a web‐based application that participants
in multistate research projects and activities may use to submit proposals and
reports online. Interested parties, stakeholders, and cooperators can also
query the system.
A scientist interested in becoming involved in
existing multistate projects or developing a project should contact the senior associate
director of Agricultural Research, who administers the Guidelines for North Central Multistate Research (NCMR).