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Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Science Emphasis Area (SEA) and Knowledge Area (KA) Connection

The Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Reform Act (AREERA) requires that states submit a Plan of Work (POW), including yearly accomplishments and results, in order to receive federal funding. The goal of the POW/REEport integration initiative is to better help "tell the story" of how the land-grant university partners and NIFA are working together to advance agricultural research and extension across the nation. The initiative aims to improve data quality in Plan of Work (POW) and REEport reports while reducing duplication and burden on land-grant universities (LGU) and NIFA. 

Science Emphasis Areas (SEAs) are used by NIFA to develop, deliver and evaluate the agency's science objectives. SEAs help to ensure user-inspired research, education, and extension priorities remain the focus. As part of that integration effort, changes to the Plan of Work and REEport reporting requirements will begin with FY 2020 POW reporting. The new state-defined critical issues will be associated with NIFA SEAs to help organize and correlate state defined issues with NIFA's science priorities. At least one SEA will be associated to each critical issue in Plan of Work reports. 

The nine Science Emphasis Areas are:
  • Agroclimate Science
  • Bioeconomy, Bioenergy, and Bioproducts
  • Education and Multicultural Alliances
  • Environmental Systems
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Food Safety
  • Human Nutrition
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems
  • Youth Development
Knowledge Areas (KAs) are used to classify research projects today in REEport. NIFA has already mapped KAs to a specific Science Emphasis Area (SEA). NIFA currently uses this mapping to identify which NIFA research projects support each agency strategic goal and objective. It is important to become familiar with what Knowledge Areas within NIFA's Manual of Classification are associated to each SEA in REEport to describe your research project and extension program during the initiation process in REEport.  

This resource provides you with the Science Emphasis Area and Knowledge Area crosswalk.

Please visit REEport Integration Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile and Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages for more information on the effort. 
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