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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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C

Web-Based Questionnaire


Web-Based Solicitation of Input for the
National Research Council Committee
on a Review of the USDA Agriculture
and Food Research Initiative


Welcome

Purpose of this Solicitation

The National Research Council has appointed the Committee on a Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to perform an independent assessment, including the quality and value of research funded by the program and the prospects for its success in meeting established goals and outcomes. The study also will examine AFRI’s role in advancing science in relation to other research and grant programs inside of USDA as well as how complementary it is to other federal R&D programs. The study committee will prepare a report of its assessment. (Please visit http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49505 for a complete study description and committee membership.)

The committee would like to solicit your input on the AFRI program whether you are familiar with or have not heard of the program. The committee is soliciting the broadest input in its review from researchers, academic and extension leaders, reviewers, and users and beneficiaries of AFRI. The committee would like input from industry about the role of public-sector agricultural research and from producers and related professional associations about the type of research the federal agencies should be supporting. Please complete the questionnaire to provide the committee with your input. This questionnaire will take approximately 10-20 minutes.

About the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

AFRI is a competitive grant program charged with “funding research, education, and extension grants and integrated research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Providing this support requires that AFRI advances fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinates opportunities to build on these discoveries. This will necessitate efforts in education and extension that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions.” (For a synopsis of the program, please visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/afri/afri_synopsis.html.)

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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Treatment of Collected Comments and Information

The information you provide in response to this questionnaire will become part of the formal input submitted to the committee for its consideration. In accordance to Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/leadership/governing-documents/federal-advisory-committee.html), any information you provide to the committee will be placed in the project’s public access record and will be made available to the public upon request. Your response will appear in the public access record the way it is submitted, including your name, affiliation and any other identifying information included in your submission.

I have read and understood the information provided above about the treatment of any information I provide in this web-based solicitation of input.*

image Yes

image No

Please provide the following information:*

Name: image

Affiliation: image

Email: image

Qualifying Question
Please select one of the following options that best describes you:*

image Research performer, educator, extension leader, or grant seeker (researcher from academic, government, non-profit, or other institutions)

image Research user from government or industry

image Agricultural or forest producer and related professional society

Research Performer
Please provide information about yourself.

Title/Position: image

Type of Institution

image 1862 Land Grant University

image 1890 Land Grant University

image 1994 Land Grant University

image Public Non-Land Grant

image Private University/College

image Private Research

image Federal

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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image Other

Area of Research

image Agronomy

image Animal science

image Crop science

image Economics

image Food science

image Nutrition

image Plant Science

image Renewable energy, natural resources and environment

image Sociology

image Soil science

image Veterinary science

image Weed science

image Other

Principal agencies/organizations (including federal and state agencies, charitable or non-profit organizations, and private corporations) that have supported your research

image National Institutes of Health (NIH)

image National Science Foundation (NSF)

image U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

image U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

image U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

image Charitable Foundation

image Private Sector

image Other

Are you a new investigator (less than 5 years of experience on faculty)?

image Yes

image No

Specify number of years since your PhD was received.

image

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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Were you familiar with the USDA National Research Initiative Program, the predecessor of AFRI?

image Yes, very familiar

image Somewhat familiar

image Not familiar at all

Are you familiar with the AFRI Program?

image Yes, very familiar

image Somewhat familiar

image Not familiar at all

Was there an AFRI request for applications directly related to your area of research, extension, or academic program in the following years? Please answer “yes”, “no”, or “not sure”.

2008: image

2009: image

2010: image

2011: image

2012: image

If not, please describe topic areas of research interest to you that are not covered.:

image

Do you believe the AFRI request for application is fair to all different types of institutions? If not, why?

image Yes

image No

image No opinion

Comments:

Have you applied to the AFRI program?

image Yes

image No

Please provide reasons for why you have not applied to AFRI, check the ones that apply.

image I am not familiar/aware of the AFRI program

image Size of grants are too small compared to grants from other agencies

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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image Effort required to prepare application is large relative to grant size

image Effort required to prepare application is large relative to the success rate

image Overhead/indirect costs provided by AFRI are smaller than other grant programs

image No RFAs are provided in my area of research

image Other

(AFRI Grant Applicants only) How easy or difficult was the grant application process compared to other grant-funding programs? Please indicate your response on a scale from 1 to 5, with “1” being very easy and “5” being very difficult. If you marked 4 or 5, please provide comments.

image 1 image 2 image 3 image 4 image 5

Comments:

(AFRI Grant Applicants only) Do you believe the AFRI panel review process is fair to all different types of institutions? If you indicated “somewhat unfair” or “extremely unfair”, please provide comments.

image Extremely fair image Somewhat fair image Indifferent image Somewhat unfair image Extremely unfair

Comments:

Have you been a recipient of AFRI grant(s)?

image Yes

image No

(For AFRI grantees only) Was the pre-award and post-award process managed effectively compared to other grant-funding programs? If you indicated “somewhat ineffectively” or “extremely ineffectively”, please provide comments.

image Extremely effectively image Somewhat effectively image Indifferent image Somewhat ineffectively image Extremely ineffectively

Comments:

(For AFRI Grantees only) Is the reporting requirement a fair and effective method to identify successful projects?

image Yes

image No

Comments:

(For AFRI grantees only) Please provide the number of students supported by the AFRI grant(s).

Ph.D.: image

Masters: image

Undergraduates: image

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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Other: image

Have you been a reviewer for any AFRI proposals?

image Yes

image No

Did you participate in:

image Virtual grant review panel

image Face-to-face panel

Do you believe the panel review process was effective? If you indicated “somewhat ineffective” or “extremely ineffective”, please provide comments on why it was ineffective.

image Extremely effective image Somewhat effective image Indifferent image Somewhat ineffective image Extremely ineffective

Comments:

Do you believe that it is necessary to integrate agricultural research, extension, and education?

image Yes

image No

Comments:

In your opinion, how well does AFRI facilitate the integration of research, extension, and education? If you indicated “poorly” or “very poorly”, please provide comments on why AFRI was not facilitating the integration of research, extension, and education well.

image Extremely well

image Somewhat well

image Satisfactory

image Poorly

image Very poorly

Comments:

Which one of the statements below best represents your opinion:

image AFRI should fund fewer, high-dollar and longer-term grants

image AFRI should fund more, lower-dollar grants

image No opinion

image Other: image

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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How important is the AFRI program for you? Please indicate your response on a scale from 1 to 5, with “1” being very important and “5” being not important at all.

image 1 image 2 image 3 image 4 image 5

Other comments that you would like to provide that are not covered by this earlier in this questionnaire.

images/

Research User
Please indicate your views of public-sector agricultural research. Please provide comments.

image Very important image Somewhat important image No opinion image Somewhat unimportant image Very unimportant

Comments:

Are you familiar with the AFRI program?

image Yes, very familiar

image Somewhat familiar

image Not familiar at all (please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/afri/afri_synopsis.html to learn about the program.)

Are there research areas in the AFRI program that duplicate those pursued in your industry?

image Yes - Please list the areas

image No - Please describe why

image No opinion

Comments:

Are there fundamental (basic) research areas that the industry or government needs and that are not covered by the AFRI program areas?

image Yes - Please describe the program areas

image No

image No opinion

Comments:

Are there areas of applied research that the industry or government needs that are not covered by the AFRI program areas?

image Yes - Please describe the program areas

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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image No

image No opinion

Comments:

Do you believe AFRI funded research is relevant to the industry and government’s needs? If you answered yes, please provide examples.

image Yes

image No - Please describe why

image No opinion

Comments:

How important is the AFRI program for you? Please indicate your response on a scale from 1 to 5, with “1” being very important and “5” being not important at all.

image 1 image 2 image 3 image 4 image 5

Would it be valuable for your industry or government agency to know about AFRI’s grants and activities?

image Yes

image No

image No opinion

For industry respondents, please indicate your type of work and field of interest.

image

Other comments that you would like to provide that are not covered by this earlier in this questionnaire.

images

Producers and Related
Please indicate your views of public sector agricultural research. Please provide comments.

image Very important image Somewhat important image No opinion image Somewhat unimportant image Very unimportant

Comments:

Are you familiar with the AFRI program?

image Yes, very familiar

image Somewhat familiar

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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image Not familiar at all (please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/afri/afri_synopsis.html to learn about the program.)

Do you believe that AFRI-funded research is relevant to producers’ needs?

image Yes - Please provide examples

image No - Please describe why not

image No opinion

Comments:

Has your farming or ranching operation benefited from any past research (not limited to AFRI)?

image Yes- Please provide examples of areas where research has been helpful

image No

Comments:

Do you believe that public (government-funded) research is necessary, or is private (industry-funded) research sufficient for your needs? Please select one of the following responses:

image Both public-sector (government) and private-sector (industry) research are relevant for my needs

image Public-sector (government) research is more relevant for my needs than private-sector (industry) research

image Private-sector (industry) research is more relevant for my needs than public-sector (government) research

image Neither public nor private sector research has been relevant for my needs.

Please describe areas of future research topics and areas that can be helpful for addressing your current concerns.

images

Given that agriculture will continue changing, what are some of the greatest challenges that you believe you will face 10-20 years from now? How can science or technology help you handle these challenges?

images

Thank You!

Thank you for taking our survey. Your response is very important to us.


Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Web-Based Questionnaire." National Research Council. 2014. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18652.
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The United States embarked on bold polices to enhance its food and agricultural system during the last half of the 19th century, investing first in the education of people and soon thereafter in research and discovery programs aimed at acquiring new knowledge needed to address the complex challenges of feeding a growing and hungry nation. Those policies, sustained over 125 years, have produced the most productive and efficient agricultural and food system in history.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the primary agency responsible for supporting innovations and advances in food and agriculture. USDA funds are allocated to support research through several mechanisms, including the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). In 2008, Congress replaced USDA's National Research Initiative with AFRI, creating USDA's flagship competitive research grants program, and the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, known as the Farm Bill, outlined the structure of the new program. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture assesses the effectiveness of AFRI in meeting the goals laid out by Congress and its success in advancing innovations and competitiveness in the U.S. food and agriculture system.

Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture evaluates the value, relevance, quality, fairness, and flexibility of AFRI. This report also considers funding policies and mechanisms and identifies measures of the effectiveness and efficiency of AFRI's operation. The study examines AFRI's role in advancing science in relation to other research and grant programs inside of USDA as well as how complementary it is to other federal research and development programs. The findings and conclusions of this report will help AFRI improve its functions and effectiveness in meeting its goals and outcomes.

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