Hatch-Multistate projects are an important option and may be folded into standard Hatch proposals. Faculty participation in Hatch Multistate Research Projects is an excellent way to enhance collaboration with disciplinary peers from other states, and is also a requirement of the NHAES’s acceptance of USDA Hatch funds. These funds can only be used for cooperative research involving two or more State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES). The formal multistate research program facilitates collaborative research on high-priority topics among the SAES in partnership with the USDA, other research institutions and agencies, and the Cooperative Extension Service. Opportunities and problem solving activities that concern more than one state, but which are beyond the scope of a single SAES, can thereby be approached in a more efficient and comprehensive manner.
Of particular potential interest to faculty participants should be the opportunity, which arises during annual meetings of the multistate project, to work with, learn about, and get to know national peers who have explicit interest in similar topical areas. Many of these colleagues will likely populate competitive grant review panels and serve in other important roles related to UNH faculty career activities or as potential professional references (e.g., tenure and promotion), etc. Therefore there is significant professional value and opportunity in developing relationships and routinely sharing research activities and results with scientific peer networks through these multistate research projects.
Research project funding cycles are based on the federal fiscal year of October 1 through September 30. Approved standard Hatch (with or without a multistate component) projects will generally have a funding cycle of three years. At the federal level, multistate projects are approved for five years; however, NHAES project directors must undergo internal NHAES review, including submitting a proposal before joining a multistate project and three years thereafter. Specific projects and/or investigators may be approved for up to a five-year funding cycle when they are identified by the NHAES Internal Review Committee and Director’s Office as representing consistently strong levels of productivity, impacts, and leveraging of resources. There is no maximum limit to the overall length of time for which funded investigators may maintain a consecutive or intermittent series of funded projects, if they are continually approved through the competitive review and evaluation process.
For more information, please see the NHAES Research Projects Manual.