The Proposal

Executive Summary

1. Situational Analysis

2. Outline of Proposal

3. Origins of Proposal

4. USDA Integration

5. Case for Integration

6. Enhanced Funding

7. Case for Funding

8. CREATE-21 and NIFA

Related Materials

Supporting Documents

Values and Principles

Definitions

Results of BAA Vote

 

ENHANCED FUNDING

USDA research, extension, education, and international programs currently (FY 2006) receive approximately $2.676 billion per year in funding (ARS = $1.124 billion (excluding facilities); CSREES = $1.199 billion; ERS = $75 million; Forest Service R&D = $277 million).

The CREATE-21 proposal will integrate ARS, CSREES, ERS, and USFS-R&D in a new National Institute and increase funding over seven years from about $2.676 billion per year to $5.352 billion per year.

The growth will come mostly in competitive programs (70%). However, capacity programs – both for in-house (intramural) USDA laboratories/ facilities and land-grant and related universities/institutions – would also receive substantial increases (30% of the total).

Competitive funding will (after seven years) reach $2.126 billion per year, with full indirect cost recovery:

Fundamental (NIFA-like) research will constitute 55% of the total, rising eventually to $1.169 billion per year, with 20% reserved for the 1890, 1994, and small 1862 land-grant universities.

Integrated (IFAFS-like) programs will constitute the remaining 45%, rising eventually to $957 million per year with 20% also reserved for the 1890, 1994, and small 1862 land-grant universities.

Capacity funding will (after seven years) reach $2.937 billion per year:

With respect to new capacity funds, 77.5% will be distributed by the same percentage breakdown as presently occurs among the various current funding recipients.
The remaining new funds would be distributed: 17.5% for institutional enhancement at the 1890, 1994, and small 1862 land-grants, and the AASCARR institutions; and 5% retained in a “Director’s Enhancement Fund.”

If CREATE-21 is enacted and fully funded, at the end of seven years, the competitive/capacity ratio – considering both existing funds ($2.676 billion) and new funds ($2.676 billion) – would be 42% competitive and 58% capacity.

This will be a significant change from the current situation where approximately 10% is spent on competitive programs vs. 90% on capacity.

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