Appendix B
Survey on the US Department of Agriculture’s National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program

1. Are you familiar with the NRI program?

a)

Yes, very familiar

_____

 

b)

Somewhat familiar

_____

 

c)

Not familiar

_____

(Please answer Question 8 and any others you consider appropriate.)

Comments:

2. In your view, has the program contributed to the mission of generating fundamental and applied research, and future scientists for agriculture?

a)

Yes _____ for the most part.

b)

Yes _____ but less than I expected.

c)

No _____ its promise remains largely unfulfilled.

Comments; Examples:



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National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber, and Natural-Resources Research Appendix B Survey on the US Department of Agriculture’s National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program 1. Are you familiar with the NRI program? a) Yes, very familiar _____   b) Somewhat familiar _____   c) Not familiar _____ (Please answer Question 8 and any others you consider appropriate.) Comments: 2. In your view, has the program contributed to the mission of generating fundamental and applied research, and future scientists for agriculture? a) Yes _____ for the most part. b) Yes _____ but less than I expected. c) No _____ its promise remains largely unfulfilled. Comments; Examples:

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National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber, and Natural-Resources Research 3. Is the NRI peer review process fair? a) Yes _____ b) No _____ Comments: 4. As a NRI grant recipient/applicant, how did this affect your career? (If this question does not apply to you, but you know someone whose career is or has been affected, please fill in the following.)     Greatly Some Very Little a) Promotion impact _____ _____ _____ b) Tenure impact _____ _____ _____ c) Publication(s) _____ _____ _____ d) Patent(s) _____ _____ _____ e) Career development of undergrad. students _____ _____ _____ f) Career development of your graduate students _____ _____ _____ g) Career development of your post-doctoral fellows _____ _____ _____ h) Ability to pursue independent (curiosity-driven) research _____ _____ _____ Other (comments): 5. Has the NRI enabled you or your institution/company to obtain other funds (leveraging)? a) Yes _____ b) No _____ Comments; Examples: 6. Has the NRI contributed to development of human resources in food and agriculture? a) Yes _____ b) No _____ Comments; Examples

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National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber, and Natural-Resources Research 7. Has the NRI program resulted in any major benefits to the U.S. food and agriculture system? a) Yes _____ b) No _____ Comments; Examples: 8. Are the areas of congressionally mandated funding appropriate? These areas are: plant systems; animal systems; nutrition, food quality and health; natural resources and the environment; processes for adding value and new products; and markets, trade and policy. a) Yes_____ b) No _____ (Please explain in the comments area) c) What two areas of research are most important to you, in order of priority (1=highest)? Comments: 9. If the NRI received a significant increase in appropriations, how should the additional funds be used? Rank the following (1=highest; 5 = lowest). a) Expand into new areas _____ b) Increase size of awards _____ c) Increase duration of awards _____ d) Increase number of submission dates per year _____ e) Other _____

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National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber, and Natural-Resources Research 10. Should the NRI continue? Mark all that apply.     Very Much Some-what Not Much a) Is the NRI continuance important to you _____ _____ _____ b) Is the NRI continuance important to your institution _____ _____ _____ c) Is the NRI’s continuance important for the U.S.? _____ _____ _____ d) Is the NRI an important part of the USDA research portfolio? _____ _____ _____ e) Is the overhead rate (now 19%) acceptable? a deterrent? (please circle one and then respond) _____ _____ _____ 11. How would you improve the NRI? Mark all that apply. a) Change program areas Yes _____ No _____ b) Change application process Yes _____ No _____ c) Change review process Yes _____ No _____ If “yes”, please elaborate and give examples: