The Administrative Manual for Hatch funding specifies that “The scope of agricultural research which may be conducted under the Hatch Act … includes research on all aspects of agriculture, including: soil and water conservation and use; plant and animal production, protection, and health; processing, distributing, safety, marketing, and utilization of food and agricultural products; forestry, including range management and range products, multiple use of forest and rangelands, and urban forestry; aquaculture; home economics and family life; human nutrition; rural and community development; sustainable agriculture; molecular biology; and biotechnology. Research may be conducted on problems of local, state, regional, or national concern.”
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.
McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Awards
The scope of research which may be conducted under the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act includes investigations relating to the reforestation and management of land for the production of timber and other related products of the forest; management of forest and related watershed lands to improve conditions of water flow and to protect resources against floods and erosion; management of forest and related rangeland for production of forage for domestic livestock and game as well as improvement of food and habitat for wildlife; management of forest lands for outdoor recreation and the protection of the forest and its resources against fire, insects, diseases, or other destructive agents; utilization of wood and other forest products; development of sound policies for the management of forest lands and the harvesting and marketing of forest products; and such other studies as may be necessary to obtain the fullest and most effective use of forest resources.
Graduate Research Assistant Awards
The NHAES Graduate Research Assistantships Program will cover 12-month half-time (both AY and summer) stipend plus tuition and health insurance costs for two (2) years, to cover students who work directly on NHAES research projects. The students must actually work at least an average of 20 hours per week on the NHAES project to comply with federal time and effort reporting regulations. Funding of doctoral students will receive preferential consideration. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure that the balance of student program costs until the student graduates, including stipend/tuition/health fees and sufficient operations funding, are covered through sources outside COLSA and NHAES. Teaching assistantships and other internal sources do not qualify, as one key goal is to stimulate graduate student support through extramural funding.
Postdoctoral Scientist Awards
The NHAES Postdoctoral Scientists Support Program will provide up to two years funding for a single individual per award (i.e., not for time- or FTE-portions of multiple individuals), at a maximum rate of $48,000 salary plus 24.9 percent fringe. Operations, travel and other support must come from the faculty mentor’s NHAES and/or appropriate extramurally-funded projects. The postdoctoral scientist must actually work full time on the NHAES project to comply with federal time and effort reporting regulations. If you know the name of the intended postdoc, be sure to specify it in the proposal, as that will allow the advertising/search requirement for the position to be waived.