2.

 

VALUE OF FOOD, FIBER, AND NATURAL-RESOURCES RESEARCH

 

21

   

 Economic Contributions,

 

22

   

 Rates of Return from Food and Fiber Research,

 

23

   

 Impacts of Advances in Life Sciences,

 

25

   

 Public-Sector and Private-Sector Research Funding,

 

26

3.

 

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM

 

29

   

 Quality and Value,

 

30

   

 Measuring the Quality and Value of NRI-Supported Research,

 

31

   

 Novelty and Significance of Research,

 

35

   

 Fairness,

 

36

   

 The NRI Peer Review Process,

 

36

   

 Evaluation of NRI Peer Review Process,

 

38

   

 Relevance and Responsiveness,

 

39

   

 Summary Findings,

 

40

4.

 

ROLE AND SCOPE OF THE NRI PROGRAM

 

41

   

 Scientific Objectives,

 

42

   

 Applied versus Fundamental Research,

 

42

   

 Multidisciplinary Research,

 

59

   

 Training and Education,

 

45

   

 Developing Future Scientists,

 

45

   

 Strengthening Academic Institutions in the Food and Fiber System,

 

46

   

 Enhancing Public Understanding,

 

47

   

 Complementarity,

 

48

   

 Other USDA-Funded Research Programs,

 

48

   

 Intramural Research,

 

48

   

 Formula Funds,

 

49

   

 Special Grants,

 

49

   

 Other Competitive Grants in USDA,

 

50

   

 Complementarity of NRI in USDA,

 

51

   

 Other Federal Programs,

 

52

   

 National Science Foundation,

 

52

   

 National Institutes of Health,

 

53

   

 Department of Energy,

 

53

   

 Interagency Programs,

 

54

   

 Complementarity of NRI with other Federal Programs,

 

55

   

 Industry and the NRI,

 

56

   

 Summary Findings,

 

56

   

 Scientific Objectives,

 

56

   

 Training and Education,

 

56

   

 Complementarity,

 

57



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