The USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRICGP) will
be supporting a new competitive awards program for Agricultural Systems
research in fiscal year 1994. The NRICGP seeks innovative systems research
that integrates knowledge of individual system elements into a larger
framework for use in analyzing or developing improved agricultural practices.
The proposed research should contribute valuable knowledge for solutions to
problems that may be applied towards achieving either of the following:
1. Identification and adoption of integrated, resource efficient, and
economical agricultural systems that simultaneously maintain
productivity and profitability, and safeguard the environment and human
2. Identification of agricultural systems and policies that strengthen and
revitalize rural communities and regions.
Critiques from reviewers with expertise in specific subject areas will be
critical to the proposal review process.
The NRICGP is seeking potential reviewers for this new program. Serving in
this capacity will not limit your own submission of a proposal to the
program. Your response to the enclosed questionnaire will assist in the
identification of potential reviewers for the Agricultural Systems Program.
Please note that other programs in the NRICGP office may send you a similar
request. Your response to each request will ensure that the information will
be available to each program.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your efforts in the peer
review process. It is only through such commitment that the highest standards
of proposal evaluation are maintained.
Thank you very much.
Edward Kaleikau, PhD Peter Johnson, DVM, PhD
Program Director Program Director
Phone: (202) 401-1901 Phone: (202) 401-6303
FAX: (202) 401-6488 FAX: (202) 205-3641
Investigators wishing to submit a proposal must obtain an Application Kit and
the NRICGP solicitation (Program Description and Guidelines for Proposal
Preparation and Submission) Part 1 and Part 2 which contain the required forms
for a proposal and instructions for its preparation. These materials may be
obtained by writing or phoning the following office: NRICGP Proposal Service
Branch, Awards Management Division, CSRS-USDA, Ag Box 2245, Washington, DC
20250-2245; telephone (202) 401-5048. These materials may also be requested
via INTERNET by sending a message with your name, mailing address (not your e-
mail), phone number, and list materials that you are requesting to p-
firstname.lastname@example.org The materials will then be mailed to you (not e-mailed) as
quickly as possible. To be considered for funding through the AGRICULTURAL
SYSTEMS program during 1994, proposals must be postmarked by February 22,
If you are interested in being a reviewer for the Agricultural Systems Program
or can recommend someone, please answer the questions listed below and mail
it to :
Agricultural Systems Program
Ag Box 2241
Washington, D.C. 20250-2241
City, State, Zip:
Are you willing to provide written reviews of one to two proposals during
March - June 1994? _____(yes) ______(no)
If yes, please send an abbreviated copy of your curriculum vitae.
If not, will you review for us in the future? ___(yes) ___(no)
Indicate your areas of expertise below. Be as specific as possible.
Please list the name, address, and phone number of scientists that you would
recommend as reviewers in your area(s):