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The Current Research Information System (CRIS) provides documentation and reporting
for ongoing agricultural, food science, human nutrition, and forestry research, education
and extension activities for the United States Department of
Agriculture, with a focus on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
(NIFA) grant programs. Projects are conducted or
sponsored by USDA research agencies, state agricultural experiment
stations, land-grant universities, other cooperating
state institutions, and participants in NIFA-administered
grant programs, including
Small Business Innovation Research, and
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The
Planning, Accountability, & Reporting Staff office is responsible for maintaining CRIS.
CRIS was authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1966 to document the publicly-funded activities of the USDA/State agricultural and forestry research system. The system has expanded to include a number of education, extension and integrated activities. Most CRIS data is available to the public through a number of web sites.
CRIS projects relating to human nutrition are provided annually to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for inclusion in the Human Nutrition Research and Information Management database (HNRIM). In CRIS, these projects are designated as the subfile, "HNRIMS." Updates occur annually; therefore, all human nutrition projects in CRIS may not yet be identified for inclusion in the HNRIMS subfile.
Agricultural Experiment Stations
Land Grant Institutions
Land Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University
Land Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges)
Schools of Veterinary Medicine
Competitive Grant, Small Business Innovation
Research, Cooperative Agreement, and other NIFA-funded program recipients
Agricultural and forestry
research and education encompasses a broad range
of activities including:
and use of natural resources.
of crops and livestock from pests and other
management systems for crops, livestock, poultry,
and forest product development and quality improvement.
of crop, animal, and forest products.
trade and market development.
and human nutrition, health and safety, and
community, and youth development.
and wildlife management, outdoor recreation,
and environmental quality.
education and outreach.
| A CRIS work unit documents
a defined activity at a single location. The work
focuses on a clearly definable problem, a manageable
phase of a larger problem, or a few closely related
elements of a broad-based program. Each documented
activity includes information on:
- WHAT is being done,
- WHO is doing it,
- WHERE it is being conducted,
- WHEN it is performed,
- PROGRESS achieved,
- IMPACT expected, and
- PUBLICATIONS produced.
|Why Use CRIS?
|The mission of CRIS is
to document the research and education activities
of the USDA/State agricultural research and education
system for various reporting purposes, as well as
to provide ready access to information which can
help users to:
- keep abreast of the latest developments in
agricultural and forestry research and education,
- plan future activities,
- avoid costly duplication of publicly-funded
- establish valuable contacts within the research
and education community.
- CRIS information is available to the public through the CRIS web site, the Research, Economics, and
Education Information System (REEIS) web site, NIFA program web pages, as well as other database
providers. This data collection provides descriptive information, on a project level, of research,
education, extension and integrated activities supported by federal funds. Progress information is
- Cooperating state partner institutions have full access to the data submitted by their individual
institution through the CRIS Forms Assistance site as well as the Partnership Leadership Management
Dashboard maintained by NIFA.
- A CRIS manual as well as the Manual of Classification
for Agricultural and Forestry Research, Education,
and Extension is available electronically to assist in the data entry process of CRIS reporting.
- Annual funding summary reports
are published on the CRIS web site to provide a number of data views based on the financial reports
received in CRIS.
further information, contact the CRIS staff in the Planning, Accountability, & Reporting Staff office.