Background

Based on our current policy, faculty member with 20 percent or more research appointment supported by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES) are required to develop and maintain a Hatch or Hatch multistate research project. Hatch research projects encompass research activities that are carried out by one or more individuals at a single state agricultural experiment station, such as VAES. 

In contrast, multistate research projects involve cooperative, jointly planned multidisciplinary efforts on high priority topics of concern to several states, in collaboration with the USDA-NIFA and possibly other agencies. The main purpose of multistate research projects is to promote interdisciplinary work, investigate problems that are too complex for a single state, and stimulate exchange of ideas and collaboration among scientists. Several faculty members currently have individual Hatch projects but also participate in one or more multistate projects.

Policy

Existing Faculty

To promote multidisciplinary collaboration, the VAES policy allows the existing faculty members to count their multistate research as their individual Hatch research projects. In other words, those faculty members who are already actively involved in multistate projects are not required to have individual Hatch project. Those who wish to maintain individual Hatch projects can still continue to do so.

New Faculty

Faculty joining Virginia Tech after July 1, 2013 who have not previously had an approved Hatch or McIntire-Stennis project through VAES, will be required to develop an initial Hatch or McIntire-Stennis project.

Criteria 

This policy applies to all faculty members who are involved in a multistate research project with clearly defined objective(s) and contributions to the project. It does not apply to Development Committees (SDC), Coordinating Committees (ACC), Education/Extension and Research Activities (SERA) or Advisory Committees (SAC). Under normal circumstances, no more than four faculty will be allowed to use the same multistate Research or Hatch project instead of individual Hatch projects. 

There are many different categories of multistate projects. To substitute for an individual Hatch project or to be eligible for travel grants, a project must be a Research project.

Travel Grants

All faculty members who are official participants of an  approved multistate research project with clearly defined objectives for their contribution are eligible to receive up to $1,000 in travel grants to participate in those multistate research project meetings. These travel grants will be awarded based on availability of funds. Priority will be given to those who chair a multistate project, host a multistate project meeting at Virginia Tech, make a presentation, develop collaborations or network for external grants applications.

Award Request

Funding request for travel to multistate project meetings should be submitted by e-mail to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences associate dean for research and director of VAES. Requests should include the following information:

  • Multistate project number and title
  • Amount of funds requested
  • Name, location and dates of the conference/meeting
  • Brief (no more than 2-3 lines) information on the purpose of the travel, describing the role of the applicant at the meeting

Upon approval/disapproval of the funding request, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant and copied to the applicant's department head and CALS budget director's office.