The purpose of Hatch Act funding is to conduct agricultural research programs at State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Insular Areas. The specific purpose of Hatch Multi-State Research Fund funding is to conduct research by institutions within a State and by institutions in multiple States to solve problems that concern more than one State. At Washington State University, the Multi-State Research portfolio is managed by the CAHNRS Office of Research (COR) and Extension.
Faculty participation in Multi-State research projects and Education/Extension Research Committees is critical to finding solutions to important problems that concern more than one state. CAHNRS provides limited travel funding to current Multi-State research, CC, DC, ERA, and NRSP participants for approved meetings and activities.
The approval process for Multi-State travel is as follows:
- The traveler must be a current member in good standing of an approved Hatch Multi-State project or committee. To receive funding, all NIMSS and NIFA NRS forms for Hatch/Hatch Multi-State projects must be current at the time of application for Multi-State travel funding.
- One faculty member per approved project will be eligible for funding per year. This includes Hatch Multi-State projects, National Research Support Project (NRSP), Coordinating Committee (CC), Development Committee (DC), or Education/Extension and Research Activity Committee (ERA) for travel to an authorized annual meeting per year. The meeting must be authorized by the Administrative Advisor of the project or committee on the web-based National Information Management Support System (NIMSS) before travel requests will be considered. A simple email announcement of the meeting distributed by the meeting committee will not suffice as authorization.
- The faculty member will work with their department and their assigned CAHNRS Business Center support staff to prepare the Spend Authorization.
- Travel funds under this program are limited to $1,200.00 per participant. If the traveler holds appointments in both the COR and Extension, funding will be split according to the traveler’s appointment percentages. If the traveler holds appointments between COR and Academic Programs in CAHNRS, the COR will pay for the combined percentages for travel.
- After the meeting, the faculty member will work with their Department and/or assigned CAHNRS Business Center to complete the expense report within 10 days.
Note to COR and EXTENSION travelers: Please remember to tell the person doing the travel paperwork that the trip is for Multi-State. Please note that when traveling outside the country or domestically, U.S. carriers must be used per USDA requirements.
If you want to join a Multi-State project…
Fill out Appendix E (pdf) The Appendix E gives the Administrative Adviser (AA) notice on how to contact you, the CRIS Research areas you wish to work on, and the project objectives to which your research is best suited.
After your Chair/Director has signed off on Appendix E, forward it to Ellen Yeates in the CAHNRS Office of Research (COR) in order for the Assoc. Dean, Asst. Director, and/or Extension Director to sign off on it. This signature allows Multi-State funds to be released on your behalf if you are the one traveling to the Multi-State project. We will forward this electronically to NIMSS, which sends it to your AA for whichever project you have chosen.