Cooperative Research title
Research Funding Opportunities

Process for submission of Research Proposals for Cooperative Research

Who is eligible for funding through Cooperative Research?
Essentials of a Project Proposal
Where and when are proposals submitted?

Other funding opportunities


Who is eligible to apply for funding through Cooperative Research?

Research proposals may be submitted by faculty from any discipline on campus as long as it is approved by the Research Director and supports the USDA plan-of-work.  Approval within your college must be obtained through normal administrative channels.  The current plan-of-work for Cooperative Research is available on Lincoln University College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences webpage. Funding is contingent upon availability of funds.

Essentials of a Project Proposal – (This is Appendix F of the administrative Manual for Evans)

A project proposal must include the following headings:

Title.  A brief description of the subject of the research.  The title, as clearly as possible, should reflect the objectives and scope of the project.

Justification.  Present (1) the importance of the problem to agriculture and rural life of the State or region; (2) reasons for doing the work (such as the needs the project will fill) and doing it at this time; and (3) ways in which public welfare or scientific knowledge will be advanced.

Previous Work and Present Outlook.  A brief summary of the previous research (citing important publications); status of current research; and the additional knowledge needed which the project is expected to provide.  (Literature citations may be listed at the end of the project outline.)

Objectives.  A clear, complete, and logically arranged statement of the specific results to be achieved by the project.

Procedure.  A statement of the essential working plans and methods to be used in attaining each of the stated objectives.  Procedures should correspond to the objectives and follow the same order.  Phases of the work to be undertaken currently should be designated.  Location of the work and the facilities and equipment needed and available should be indicated.  Wherever appropriate, the procedure should produce data suitable for statistical analysis.  The procedure should reflect careful planning and should provide flexibility for changes if changes become necessary.

Probable Duration.  An estimate of the maximum time likely to be required to complete the project and publish results.  Whenever a material change in the objectives of a project is advisable, a new or revised project outline should be prepared and submitted.  A major change in procedure might also necessitate a revision of the project outline.

Financial Support.  Estimated annual allotments (by funds) to (1) salaries, and (2) maintenance, based on analysis of requirements for labor, equipment, supplies, travel, and other operating expenses.  Or, as an alternative, the estimated total scientist-years (SY) effort proposed for the project.

Personnel.  The leader(s) and other technical workers assigned.

Institutional Units Involved.  Each subject-matter unit in the agricultural experiment station and other units of the institution contributing essential services or facilities.  The responsibilities of each should be indicated.  If there is an advisory, coordinating, or directing committee for the project, the official title of the committee should be listed.

Cooperation.  A statement listing the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other station, institutions, or agencies expected to cooperated formally or informally on the projects.  If project is part of a Regional Project, list Regional Research Project Number.

Non Duplication of Effort - Search the CRIS database to determine if there is duplication of effort.  If the proposal submitted appears similar to one that is in the database, explain why your proposal is unique.  The CRIS database is located at

Where and when are proposals submitted?

Research proposals are submitted to the Associate Research Director or the Research Director.  It is recommended that the proposal be reviewed by faculty within the program area for scientific merit (Current programs areas are:  Animal Science which includes aquaculture and ruminant production, Plant Science, Environmental Science and Human Nutrition) and by the media center director for grammatical errors prior to submission.  The Associate Research Director will review the proposal to determine if it supports the goals of the unit and will submit the proposal to three scientists (not on the Lincoln University campus) for review.  Reviewers send comments to the Associate or the Research Director and the comments sent to the faculty member that submitted the proposal (the reviewers will remain anonymous to the investigator).  The faculty member reviews the comments and revises the proposal or provides a rebuttal to the Associate Director.  Once the Associate Director and Director determine that the reviewers comments have been adequately addressed, then a hard copy is submitted to the Director and the faculty member will be provided a password to enter the data on the AD-416 form located at

If the proposed research project involves experimentation with animals, human subjects or recombinant DNA, contact the Chair of the appropriate campus committee to obtain approval prior to electronic submission to the above listed web site.

Deadline dates for submission to the Associate Director for Cooperative Research is April 1 of the year that funding is first requested.  Funding will typically begin in October of the same year, but this may vary.