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Research Project: CAREER: Lessons Learned from Five Years of Investment by USDA-NIFA into Climate Change and Agroecosystems

Location: Soil, Water & Air Resources Research

Project Number: 5030-11610-005-64-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 1, 2016
End Date: Jan 31, 2020

Objective:
1) Summarize a diversity of different outputs from NIFA funding, including peer-reviewed research articles, extension publications, and educational curriculum, and address how these outputs did or did not address trends that have been identified by other major organizations. (2) Assess outcomes from NIFA funding, including (a) the uptake of knowledge of stakeholders including farmers, other researchers, K-12 students, and university students, (b) the inclusion of NIFA funded findings in national climate initiatives, and (c) greater access to other federal funds. (3) Determine critical gaps both in topical areas by research, extension and education needs and geographic areas that have not been addressed by NIFA programs. (4) Evaluate the effectiveness of interagency collaborations and identify opportunities for future collaborations. (5) Articulate strengths and weaknesses of USDA-NIFA's portfolio of projects and suggest paths forward to ensure the greatest impact within the broader context of climate change.

Approach:
Analysis of funded projects will be undertaken to quantify the effect of these projects on providing knowledge for stakeholders and producers. These will be quantified through surveys of funded research projects. These funded projects will be evaluated for their application of findings to stakeholders, action agencies, and climate assessments and the ability of the projects to address critical gaps.