The purpose of your review is to provide the Associate Dean for Research of School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SAES) assistance with making a judgment about the appropriateness and quality of the attached proposal for receiving Evans-Allen funding. This funding is intended to provide research scholars initial and/or continuing funds to support a research study or program that addresses one of the School’s research initiatives, is consistent with the goals of NIFA, and represents a potential contribution to agricultural science or related disciplines.
As a reviewer you are being asked to provide your honest professional assessment of the proposal on a range of evaluation attributes including its scholarship, potential for measurable impact, advancement of knowledge related to agricultural science, and practicality of being successfully completed by the identified research team, identified resources (equipment and expertise beyond the research team), and time frame.
The value of your assessment will be based on a complete and honest review of the attributes identified in the review. Please keep in mind that high ratings of a proposal that does not meet the aims or quality requirements of Evans-Allen funding will likely contribute little to the achievement of the research initiatives of SAES or advance the development of the PI (s)’ research agenda and scholarship. Conversely, low ratings may not necessarily mean that a proposal lacks merit for consideration for funding. Such ratings may help the PI(s) address weaknesses in the proposal that result in a much stronger and more impactful project.
Please complete the attached form by reading each evaluation statement and assigning a rating representing your estimation of completeness (Large to No(ne) Extent) that the material in the proposal addresses each of the identified proposal component categories. Also, in order to assist both the Associate Dean and the PI(s) we ask that you provide comments indicating some basis for your rating. These comments will not be identified as coming from you but may be excerpted to be shared with the PI(s) as feedback and suggestions for revision or other changes.
Ratings of the proposal and comments on its quality and merit are very important. You represent a significant peer to the PI(s) and your knowledge of the field and research experience can provide exceptional guidance regarding the merits of the proposal. Please know that the content of your evaluation will be taken very seriously and will play a large part in determining if the proposal should be considered for funding. Your time and participation in this review process is greatly appreciated.