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Beginning in FY 2008, the NIFA National Research Initiative (NRI) Biology of Weedy and Invasive Species in Agroecosystems Program is piloting REE NET, a new type of project opportunity that will accept research and integrated proposals that coordinate networking activities around either the research or integrated program priority. These projects should be hypothesis-based, move the field forward, or create new research directions or opportunities through increased coordination, networking, and synthesis. In addition, these projects should:

  • foster communication and promote collaboration among Research, Education, and Extension (REE) faculty with common interests across disciplinary, geographical, and organizational boundaries;
  • establish networks and collaborations between faculty at Tier 1 and 2 institutions and faculty at small, mid-size, and minority-serving institutions;
  • minimize isolation and maximize cooperation to eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts; and
  • coordinate the development of new tools and methods and generate community resources, such as databases.

Information regarding the 2008 NRI Biology of Weedy and Invasive Species in Agroecosystems RFA is available through grants.gov.


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