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SCRI Seeks Industry Relevance Reviewers

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) is seeking representatives from the specialty crop industry to serve as reviewers of industry relevance for SCRI applications submitted to NIFA. The specialty crop industry requested a separate relevancy review, and Congress included this requirement in the 2014 Farm Bill. The additional review ensures that proposals submitted for scientific merit review are focused on topics that are current and relevant to industry needs. NIFA is seeking help from the specialty crop industry to help us accomplish this review. 

What is required:

  • Read and evaluate up to 15 Stakeholder Relevance Statements (SRS) and submit reviews in NIFA’s online Peer Review System. There is no need to travel to participate. 
  • Participate in a review panel conference call of approximately one hour to agree on ranking of proposals with each topic group.
  • The estimated time commitment is between 10 and 15 hours.


Typically December and January of each year.
To volunteer, contact one of the following NIFA staff members:
 Please note: Those who are part of a team submitting a proposal to SCRI this year cannot serve on the relevancy review team. If you are interested in participating in future years, contact the staff members listed above, and you will be added to a database of potential reviewers.
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