Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile
Institutional Profile is a concept for the Plan of Work (POW) redesign. The Institutional Profile is the name for the new, consolidated Plan of Work system. It is a new section of REEport for collecting the information needed to meet AREERA requirements, specifically POW, Annual Report of Accomplishments and Results, and Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) Supplemental forms (Multistate & Integrated financials including brief summaries).
The Institutional Profile
Eligible land-grant universities (LGUs) receiving federal funding under 4 NIFA-administered agricultural research and extension capacity grant programs are subject to AREERA reporting requirements. These research and extension programs include Hatch Act of 1887, Evans-Allen Research Program, Smith-Lever sections 3(b) and 3(c), and the Agricultural Extension at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions program.
The POW Panel of Experts made several recommendations to NIFA leadership and efforts are underway to realize the recommendations outlined in the report. The effort is a phased approach, with the release of a new POW report (Institutional Profile) in October 2018 for FY 2020 Plan of Work report submission.
The current POW system will be available for completing all FY 2018 and FY 2019 POW reporting activities. The Institutional Profile module is available for FY 2020 Plan of Work reporting activities and reporting fiscal years later than FY 2020.
The Institutional Profile system will integrate POW information with the REEport data with the goal of streamlining and optimizing reporting efficiency, when possible.
NIFA looks forward to working closely with our land-grant partners for the second phase of the POW/REEPort integration effort to include the development of an extension program initiation in the REEport system.
Status of the Plan of Work Redesign: Institutional Profile
The Institutional Profile module was made available in fall of 2018 to begin FY 2020 Plan of Work data collection due June 1, 2019. The bulk of the reporting is required by the AREERA legislation and will largely remain unaltered in both form and function. New features include a streamlined dashboard to manage AREERA reporting, streamlined reporting requirements and reduced data entry, and the addition of state-defined critical issues.
Planned Programs have been replaced with Critical Issues. NIFA made this change to comply with AREERA legislation, which mandates that institutions consult with stakeholders to identify the critical issues within their state, and then indicate how projects and programs will address these issues.
Release HistoryRelease 1.0
- Release Date: October 19, 2018
- Highlights: The new Institutional Profile, part of the POW redesign, was released to LGU partners. State-defined critical issues replaced existing planned programs in the new design.
- Release Date: March 22, 2019
- New role-based functionality allows REEport site administrators to manage POW reporting roles in the Institutional Profile.
- NIFA's Science Emphasis Areas (SEAs) associations to critical issues have been added to the POW reporting requirements.
- A REEport-related update to add new extension sites within the system was made in anticipation of future extension program initiation reporting requirements.
- Release Date: November 26, 2019
- The ability to associate critical issues with research initiation projects in REEport for AREERA research programs will be available.
- LGU Deans and Directors will be able to call back (unsubmit) their Plan of Work during the submission process through the Director's log under the Submit Status icon. This resolves the occasional instance when a submission gets "hung up" while moving the information into the NIFA review stage due to changes in the IP roles during the workflow process.
- 2021 Plan of Work will roll over automatically and be added to the IP dashboard. The data from FY 2020 will be carried forward and initially populate the Plan.
- The IP dashboard will now include contact information for the NIFA Liaison to facilitate ongoing communications with enhanced dashboard and review forms for NIFA Liaisons.
- New email notifications are being added throughout the POW process.
Please visit Plan of Work (POW)/REEport Integration: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional details on Institutional Profile and POW/REEport redesign efforts.
If you are looking for how NIFA's SEAs map to the Manual of Classification Knowledge Areas, visit the Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Science Emphasis Area (SEA) and Knowledge Area (KA) Connection resource for more information.
The Institutional Profile module is available through the NIFA Reporting Portal. For additional guidance on how to access and use the Institutional Profile module, please visit Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile User Guides.
To view the most recent Federal Register Notice announcing NIFA’s intention to extend and revise a currently approved information collection, please visit “Reporting Requirements for State Plans of Work for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds” notice on the official Federal Register site.
For more information on individual capacity grant programs and general requirements specific to these programs, please visit Capacity Grants.
For more background information and details on the overall Plan of Work and REEport Integration initiation, please visit Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration.
For questions and concerns regarding the new Plan of Work, known as Institutional Profile, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.