The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's documentation and reporting system for ongoing agricultural, food and nutrition, and forestry research and education. CRIS contains more than 30,000 descriptions of current, publicly-supported research and education activities. This work is sponsored or conducted by USDA research agencies, state Agricultural Experiment Stations, state land-grant colleges and universities, state schools of forestry, cooperating schools of veterinary medicine, and USDA grant recipients.
NIFA's Current Research Information System (CRIS) database contains information on thousands of NIFA-funded cooperative projects, including projects on:
genetics (classical, quantitative, and molecular),
plant genetic resources.
Searching the CRIS Database
To search the CRIS database, visit http://cris.nifa.usda.gov/. From the left navigation bar, select "Search CRIS Now." Here you will find the three search areas: Full Text, Individual Data Fields, and Classification Codes. After choosing the appropriate search area and completing the search field always remember to click "Search" (do not press enter, this will result in a redirection to a help screen), you will then see records retrieved and the number of projects appear. Clicking on the "Display Results" button then retrieves the projects, using the search criteria and displays them on your browser.
The CRIS Manual of Classification is also found on the left navigation bar and is used to classify all records documented in the Current Research Information System. The classification codes are also used for retrieval purposes. The Research Problem Area (RPA) was renamed Knowledge Area (KA) in October 2005; this change will be reflected in a later edition of the manual.
Full Text Search
In the top three entry boxes, "Full Text Terms," etc., you may enter whatever terms or keywords you choose to characterize the projects you wish to see. The text fields that are searched for your words or phrases are: Title, Objectives, Approach, Non-Technical Summary, Keywords, Progress, and Impact.
Individual Data Fields Search
The lower half of the search screen contains entry boxes corresponding to individual data fields or groups of fields of the CRIS database. You may wish to use only this section of the screen to search for projects by State/Country, Agency, Investigator, Project Type, and Status, etc. Fill out as many boxes as you wish, then click on any of the "Search" buttons.
CRIS Classification Codes Search
CRIS codes are used to search the CRIS database. Codes include research problem area (this will eventually will be changed to knowledge area), subject of investigation, and field of science. Keywords can also be used in CRIS searches, however codes are often easier to use.
The composite fields allow one to search alphanumeric codes in any of five different classification fields. The fields included are the three primary classifications (RPA/KA, Field of Science, Subject of Investigation), and the NIFA Strategic Goals and Objectives.
The complete list of classification codes for CRIS RPAs/KAs is identified in the CRIS Manual of Classification. The manual also lists the subject code for each crop and identifies the field of science codes.
Every CRIS project contains at least one code from each of the primary classifications and Strategic Goals. An example of each type of classification code is shown in the following table. Remember to use a space in between the letter and number in order to have an accurate search.
Field of Science
Subject of Investigation
The following are some of the CRIS RPA/KA codes to develop searches in areas relating to plant breeding, genetics, and genomics.
Forest and Range Resources
123. Management and Sustainability of Forest Resources
124. Urban Forestry
201. Plant Genome, Genetics, and Genetic Mechanisms
202. Plant Genetic Resources
203. Plant Biological Efficiency and Abiotic Stresses Affecting Plants
204. Plant Product Quality and Utility (Preharvest)
205. Plant Management Systems
206. Basic Plant Biology
211. Insects, Mites, and Other Arthropods Affecting Plants
212. Pathogens and Nematodes Affecting Plants
213. Weeds Affecting Plants
214. Vertebrates, Mollusks, and Other Pests Affecting Plants
215. Biological Control of Pests Affecting Plants
216. Integrated Pest Management Systems
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