W106: Multistate Research Coordination, Western Region

(Multistate Research Project)

Status: Active

W106: Multistate Research Coordination, Western Region

Duration: 10/01/1998 to 09/30/2029

Administrative Advisor(s):


NIFA Reps:


Statement of Issues and Justification

Coordination of activities among participating states and between multi-state research and integrated research and extension projects requires certain administrative services and support. For example, interstate travel of State Agricultural Experiment Station scientists and administrative advisers is essential for them to attend ad hoc technical committee meetings, coordinating committee meetings, conferences, and work groups. These activities and the associated expenses must be accounted for through some reporting mechanism. This project will facilitate multi-state research, and integrated research and extension activities, and permit the accounting of the related expenditures. This project will permit better administration of the Multi-State Research Fund and help to facilitate collaboration and cooperative activities on selected priority topics identified through a regional framework of planned activities.

Related, Current and Previous Work

Objectives

  1. To facilitate the planning and coordination of Multistate Research, Multistate Coordinating Committees, and Multistate Integrated Research and Extension activities.
  2. To simplify accounting and disbursement of travel funds at each participating State Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES) for multistate planning and coordination.

Methods

An allotment of the MRF will be made to the Western Directors Office and at each participating station using appropriate forms to pay the necessary expenses of the directors serving as administrative advisers, members of technical committees, participating scientists, and other persons authorized by the designated administrative advisers at their Stations desiring to participate in meetings, including working groups and conferences. These meetings will be for the purpose of conferring on, coordinating and furthering research on specific problems of concern to two or more states. Administrative Advisers and Station Directors shall be guided by the policies at their own stations regarding travel and other expenses to be authorized.

Measurement of Progress and Results

Outputs

  • Cooperative research studies and integrated research and extension activities targeted to specific agricultural problems of concern to two or more states facilitated.
  • Progress of activities monitored and reported annually along with an accounting of related expenditures.

Outcomes or Projected Impacts

  • Improved efficiency in the planning and coordinated use of Multi-state Research Funds.
  • Better collaboration among states and partners.

Milestones

Projected Participation

View Appendix E: Participation

Outreach Plan

Organization/Governance

Directors of the Western Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors will constitute the W-106 Technical Committee. The Chair of the Association will serve as the Chair of the Technical Committee. As a policy, the Executive Director of the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD) will serve as Administrative Adviser of the Technical Committee. A report on the purpose and accomplishment shall be included in the annual progress report of the coordination project. The Chair of WAAESD with the assistance of the Executive Director shall be responsible for assembling this report.

Literature Cited

Attachments

Land Grant Participating States/Institutions

AK, AS, AZ, CA, CO, FM, HI, ID, MP, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

Non Land Grant Participating States/Institutions

National Program Leader, Pacific West Area
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