available to award an additional six continuation/special consideration awards. With these awards, the funding for Research Program Grants came to an end.
Because of the extensive review process, the Markey Trustees were less concerned about the supervision of grantee awards. Continuation of funding in subsequent years was dependent upon the receipt of an annual progress report, but the level of monitoring and evaluation was minimal. All Markey Research Program Grants awardees received second- and additional-year funding following receipt of an annual report. The Trustees allowed a great deal of flexibility in the timing of distribution of funds, and budget lines could be moved without returning for Trust approval. Many grantees were able to extend the period of funding beyond the initial tenure of the grant. This changing nature of program emphasis and lack of an evaluation plan make it difficult to assess the impact of the program.