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1. Does the proposal describe a research question or issue that has current relevance or importance to an identified area of agricultural research? (Assess if the proposal identifies a research study worth doing. If so, the purpose of the study should be spelled out, its relevance or importance to the field and its potential contribution to agricultural sciences and the university.)

2. Does the proposal describe how the proposed research supports the aims of the NC A&T Agricultural Research program?

3. The proposal describes how the project will improve or build upon previous work conducted by the PI, co PIs, and/or other SAES researchers.

4. The need for the project is established through review and discussion of relevant research, the practice literature, and other sources of research support evidence (i.e., pilot studies, unpublished work).

5. The project’s aim(s) represent goals that are sufficiently distinct from any recent reported work by other researchers investigating the same or similar project topic.

6. The proposal includes research question(s)/hypotheses that will be addressed through experimental or non-experimental comparison, or by assay or other analysis.

7. The proposal provides a clear description of the research design and/or a plan for how the aims of the study will be achieved.

8. The proposal provides a clear description and explanation of the intention to conduct pilot and/or preliminary data collection and/or to develop data collection procedures prior to full stage testing of research questions or hypotheses.

9. The proposal provides a clear description of the sampling plan for how subjects/ participants/samples will be selected for comparison and/or analysis.

10. The proposal provides a clear description of the data collection measures and procedures that will be followed.

11. The proposal provides a clear description of how the data will be analyzed for purposes of addressing the research question(s)/hypotheses.

12. The proposal includes a time line that provides sufficient detail of planned objectives and a reasonable time frame for achieving each objective and the major tasks of each objective.

13. The proposal provides a clear description of the outcomes the PI(s) expect(s) the project to achieve.

14. The proposal identifies the source and/or the connection to all essential instrumentation, equipment, personnel, and other support that is needed for the successful conduct of the project.

15. The proposal identifies the roles and responsibilities of all essential personnel and partners on the project.

16. The proposal provides sufficient explanation of budget items and amounts.

17. The proposal identifies and describes specific contributions on the project expected from scientists and/or others not identified as co-PIs or from within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

18. The proposal identifies and describes specific contributions of NCA&T or other Cooperative Extension personnel identified either as co-PIs, collaborators, or consultants on the project.

19. The proposal identifies and describes specific student research activities.

20. The proposal identifies specific learning objectives for students employed as student research assistants.

21. The proposal includes a clear description of the likely beneficiaries of the findings of the project.

22. The proposal provides a clear description of how the expected outcomes will be translated for use by stakeholders.

23. The proposal includes a Logic Model that conforms to the model outline provided by NIFA: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/about/strat_plan_logic_models.html

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