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Title: Creating Research, Extension, and Teaching Excellence for the 21st Century Create21.org


1
Creating Research, Extension, and Teaching
Excellence for the21st CenturyCreate-21.org
2
Background
  • Policy Board of Directors (PBD) of NASULGCs
    Board on Agriculture Assembly appointed a Think
    Tank
  • Work started summer 2005
  • Group expanded in membership and renamed
    CREATE-21
  • Charge from the PBD
  • Design a new USDA-university partnership as if
    we were building it today
  • Create a partnership more responsive to 21st
    Century realities

3
Fundamental Questions
  • Are we integrated and organized for the 21st
    century?
  • Are we able to move at half the speed of
    industry?
  • Are we positioned to expand the portfolio?

4
Why is change needed?
Enhanced integration of programs at all levels
through a solution-based approach
Examples Bioenergy, Obesity
5
Current Configuration
  • Under Secretary for Research, Education and
    Economics
  • Agricultural Research Service
  • Cooperative State Research, Education, and
    Extension Service
  • Economic Research Service
  • National Agricultural Library
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service

6
CSREES
  • 59 targeted areas of interest grouped in the
    following national emphasis areas
  • Agricultural food biosecurity
  • Agricultural systems
  • Animals animal products
  • Biotechnology genomics
  • Economics commerce
  • Families, youth communities
  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Natural resources environment
  • Pest management
  • Plants plant products
  • Technology engineering

7
ARS
  • Research organized into 22 national programs in
    four major areas
  • Nutrition, food safety / quality
  • 3 programs
  • Animal production and protection
  • 5 programs
  • Natural resources and sustainable agricultural
    systems
  • 8 programs
  • Crop production and protection
  • 6 programs

8
ERS
  • Five major areas of research
  • A competitive agricultural system
  • A safe food supply
  • A healthy, well-nourished population
  • Harmony between agriculture and the environment
  • An enhanced quality of life for rural Americans

9
Current Successful collaboration but
greater integration is possible
CSREES
ARS
Priorities Programs
ERS
Priorities Programs
Collaboration
Priorities Programs
Priorities Programs developed by each agency
with coordination. Programs reviewed by NAREEE
Advisory Board and other mechanisms.
10
Objectives of Proposal
  • Enhance the partnerships relevancy, adequacy,
    responsiveness, and sustainability
  • Increase integration of the partnerships
    programmatic activities
  • Improve the partnerships ability to attract
    appropriate resources to meet goals expressed by
    Congress and addressed by USDA

11
New Institute Greater integration
stakeholder input
Intramural Research Analyses (e.g. ARS ERS)
University Programs (e.g. CSREES)
Extramural Programs (e.g. NRI, Danforth Proposal)
New Institute
Priorities Programs developed through
stakeholder interaction and integrated by the
Director.
12
Expected Outcomes - 2015
  • A cohesive integrated organization that adheres
    to core values and operating principles
  • Expanded suite of multi-dimensional competitive
    funds
  • Greater integration of functions across USDA
  • Modest growth in capacity
  • Significant growth in ability of minority serving
    institutions to participate in the partnership

13
Why is change needed?
Our capacity has eroded!
14
Diminished Capacity
  • Base funding lines for research and extension at
    USDA-CSREES have not grown in 10 years

Part IISituational Analysis
15
Federal Funding Shortfall
  • Also, compared to other federal science efforts,
    CSREES base funding lines have not fared well

Part IISituational Analysis
16
Diminished Capacity
  • Funds (constant 1997 dollars) have actually
    declined from 1997 to 2005.
  • NIH 10B NSF 850 M

17
Proposal Process Elements
18
Process
  • Discussed rationale and background
  • Identified core values principles
  • Crafted proposal
  • Received preliminary PBD and NASULGC approval
  • Developing a detailed action plan and timeline,
    which includes
  • Core components of language for the Farm Bill
  • Communication and advocacy plan
  • Stakeholder and system feedback

19
Core Values
  • The revitalized USDA-university partnership will
    meet Americas current and future food,
    agriculture, natural resources, community and
    family needs through a collaborative effort that
  • Enhances the local and global competitiveness of
    U.S. food and fiber production

20
Core Values
  • Promotes scientific and educational excellence
  • Values and supports a diversity of institutions
    (as measured by size, type, and mission)
  • Links research, education, and extension efforts
    across state lines through a nationally-coordinate
    d system

21
Core Values
  • Encourages active, broad-based stakeholder
    engagement and responds to stakeholder priorities
    through flexible application of resources
  • Supports relevant, needs-driven priorities in
    research, education, and extension as well as
    discovery-driven programs

22
Core Values
  • Equips future practitioners and scientists
    through a truly integrated program of research,
    education, and extension
  • Provides sufficient physical and intellectual
    resources to respond effectively to local,
    regional, tribal, and national needs

23
Objectives of Proposal
  • Enhance the partnerships relevancy, adequacy,
    responsiveness, and sustainability
  • Increase integration of the partnerships
    programmatic activities
  • Improve the partnerships ability to attract
    appropriate resources to meet goals expressed by
    Congress and addressed by USDA

24
Elements of the Proposal
  • National Institute for Food, Agriculture, and
    Natural Resources (title under discussion)
  • Independent agency under the administrative
    leadership of the Secretary of Agriculture
  • Incorporates current elements of USDAs research,
    education, and extension activities
  • Designed to find solutions to critical food,
    agriculture, natural resource, and community
    problems

25
Elements of the Proposal
  • Led by distinguished Director
  • Appointed by the President, approved by the
    Senate for a six-year term
  • Under administrative leadership of Secretary of
    Agriculture
  • Guided by stakeholders (e.g. a national advisory
    board) to ensure robust and meaningful input at
    national, tribal, state, and local levels

26
Elements of the Proposal
  • Comprised of
  • Intramural programs
  • Extramural programs
  • Land-grant and university programs (Teaching,
    Extension Research from a global and local
    perspective)
  • Director charged with integrating into a cohesive
    organization adhering to core values and
    operating principles
  • Integrated approach at the national, tribal,
    state, and local levels

Part IVThe Proposal
27
New Institute Greater integration
stakeholder input
Institute Director Stakeholders
Intramural Research Analyses
University Programs
Extramural Programs
National Priorities / Solution-Based Approach
28
Enhanced Integration
  • Structured such that intramural and extramural
    activities complemented by state and local
    support
  • Authorized to conduct intramural research and
    analyses

Part IVThe Proposal
29
Enhanced Integration
  • Authorized to provide grants and agreements for
    extramural research, education engagement
  • Awarded competitively and peer-reviewed
  • Competitive research awards (e.g. NRI)
  • Similar to the Danforth (NIFA) proposal
  • Competitive integrated awards (e.g. IFAFS,
    Section 406)
  • Competitive educational awards (e.g. Challenge
    Grant or NSF models)

Part IVThe Proposal
30
Enhanced Integration
  • Authorized to provide continuing support for
    agriculture and natural resources research,
    extension, and teaching in land-grant and related
    universities
  • Hatch
  • Smith-Lever
  • Evans-Allen
  • 1890 Extension
  • McIntire-Stennis
  • Tribal colleges / 1994
  • Hispanic and minority-serving
  • American Association of State Colleges of
    Agriculture and Renewable Resources

31
Enhanced Contract
  • Seamless and efficient
  • Funding and reporting based on problem areas
  • Required match with non-federal funds
  • Integrated between extension and research
  • Leveraged and coordinated across state lines
  • Funding distributed through a proposal model
  • Eliminate plan of work

Part IVThe Proposal
32
Outcomes
  • Integrated research, analysis, education and
    engagement that is dedicated to the creation of a
    safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber
    system, as well as strong communities, families,
    and youth.

33
Deliverables
  • Increased relevancy, adequacy, responsiveness and
    sustainability
  • Solution-based approach
  • Spokesperson that transcends politics
  • Enhanced integration at all levels
  • Enhanced ability to focus resources
  • Enhanced impact and thus stakeholder support
  • Improved funding climate
  • Enhanced capacity especially minority serving
    institutions

34
Next Steps
  • Develop details of proposal mechanism for
    distributing funds
  • Determine problem / solution areas
  • Develop language for Farm Bill
  • Throughout the process continue to seek
    feedback from stakeholders and the system

35
Creating Research, Extension, and Teaching
Excellence for the21st CenturyQuestions and
Discussion
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