The following steps are required for the submission and approval of the Evans-Allen Projects funded through UMES Agricultural Experiment Station.
Upon approval of the pre-proposal, the full proposal should be developed and submitted electronically to the Experiment Station Director for external review. Click here to see guidelines for the proposal. A hard copy should also be sent to the Experiment Station Director. The external reviewers will send their recommendations to the Experiment Station Director. The Director will share the comments with the PI and if needed, ask the PI to revise and resubmit the proposal electronically to the Experiment Station Director.
Completion of CRIS Forms
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The PI must complete the CRIS forms (AD-416, AD-417, CSREES-662, CSREES-1234) when the proposal is submitted to the Experiment Station Director. The PI must log on to the CRIS database using the password provided by A. Shaw. A temporary project number is used by the PI to submit the AD-417 form. The temporary project number is always MDX-(PI's Last Name). AD-419 form can be completed once the AD-417 form has been saved. Upon approval, the Experiment Station Director or designee will assign a Project Number and electronically submit the pdf version of the proposal and form to CRIS.
The following criteria will be used to review the proposal.
Is the project aligned with Experiment Station Research Priorities?
Indication that the researcher is attempting to build/enhance research programs, not maintaining status quo
Quality and scientific soundness
Indication from attached biannual accountability forms that the investigator has been productive and is not repeating the same research in the new proposal
Indication that external research funds have been sought or are being sought; formula funds can not be considered as the sole source of research funding
Involvement of stakeholders as the proposal was developed
Description of how the project will result in measurable impacts i.e. advancing knowledge, enhancing the education of our students, and outreach activities
Proposed collaborations with other scientists and sharing of resources
The Principal Investigator will be informed of the outcome of the review . If necessary, the PI will make the revisions and email electronic version to the Experiment Station Director.
Review by USDA
The Experiment Station Director will submit the electronic version to CRIS. Upon Recipt, the proposal will be reviewed by CSREES and the Experiment Station Director informed of the decision.
Project Starting Date
The Experiment Station Director will inform The PI of the starting date. The PI is authorized to use the Evans-Allen funds for the project once the project has been approved and a budget number assigned to the project.