NHAES On-boarding Series

The NHAES on-boarding series is targeted toward recently hired and early-in-career scientists whose research programs align with the missions of the Station, although all are welcome to attend individual sessions. Over a course of meetings throughout the semester, the group will focus on topics such as developing successful NHAES proposals and effective annual and final reports, graduate student and post-doctoral scientist recruitment and management, engaging with non-academic audiences and integration with Extension, leveraging NHAES funds for external grants, and working with USDA NIFA. The goal of the on-boarding series is not only to unpack the "AES blackbox," but also to create a cohort of researchers across COLSA departments and Extension.

Topic Day

NHAES overview: What is the land-grant system and its three pillars (Morrill, Hatch, and Smith-Lever acts)? What is the AES? How does the funding work? Why is our research really important? What is the Director's role? What is the role of researchers? What’s the history of the NHAES? What are the Hatch and Mcntire-Stennis programs? What is the multistate research program? What are and how do NHAES-specific funding programs work?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES

February 10, 2021

Developing an NHAES proposal and project: What is the NHAES project structure, mechanism, and timelines? What resources are available for writing the proposal? What are important factors to identify and highlight in the proposal? What are best practices for writing a successful proposal?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES
Panelists: Heidi Asbjornsen (NREN), Rich Smith (NREN), Ken Johnson (Sociology)

March 3, 2021

Developing an effective annual and final NHAES project report: What are the expectations? Why are these reports so important and how are they used? How are outcomes/deliverables different than impacts? Why is writing good reports beneficial to project directors? Best practices for writing excellent reports?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES
Panelists: Lori Gula (NHAES), Iago Hale (ANFS), Scott Ollinger (NREN)

March 24, 2021

NHAES personnel assistantship programs, recruitment, and HR management: What NHAES personnel programs are available? Best practices in applying to NHAES personnel assistantship programs? What are best recruitment strategies / timelines? What should you know from an HR aspects and procedures for hiring/supervising personnel?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES
Panelists: Christine Dupere (BSC), Stuart Grandy (NREN), Pat McCabe (Human Resources)

April 7, 2021


Engaging with non-academic audiences and integration with Extension: What is the NHAES engagement and outreach mission? What is UNH Cooperative Extension, what do they do, and how do they overlap with NHAES? What are best practices to identify, engage, and communicate with non-academic stakeholders? How to develop an in-state and in-region network of stakeholders?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES
Panelists: Lori Gula (NHAES), John Gunn (NREN/Extension), Amy Papineau (UNH Extension), Becky Sideman (ANFS/Extension)

April 21, 2021


Leveraging NHAES funds to obtain external funds: What is the AES capacity funds objective to leverage external funds? What resources are available at UNH to assist with identifying and writing external grant proposals? What resources are available for working with industry?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES
Panelists: Lynette Hentges (research development), Bill McDowell (NREN), Mark Milutinovich (large center development),

May 5, 2021


Working with USDA-NIFA and other Stations: Who is our USDA-NIFA representative? What is the structure of the USDA-NIFA and how does the NHAES fit in? What resources are available at the USDA-NIFA to leverage your capacity funds? Who is our NERA executive director? What is NERA's role? What resources does NERA provide?

Overview: Anton Bekkerman, director, NHAES
Panelists: Brent Elrod (USDA-NIFA), Rick Rhodes (NERA)

May 26, 2021


Visit NHAES facilities and meet with farm manager