In an effort to enhance the quality and relevance of research projects, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is actively recruiting industry representatives, including growers, packers, shippers, and individuals from organizations representing specialty crops, to participate in the review process for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) in 2024.
The SCRI plays a pivotal role in addressing critical needs within the specialty crop sector, ensuring that research projects align with the industry’s requirements. NIFA is inviting individuals with expertise in specialty crops to serve as relevancy reviewers. This role involves a time commitment of approximately 15-20 hours distributed over a two-month period from January to February.
Key details for interested parties include:
1. Peer Review System (PRS) Account Creation:
- Prospective reviewers are required to create an account on the Peer Review System (PRS) at https://prs.nifa.usda.gov/.
- Reviewers who have previously collaborated with NIFA are encouraged to update their profiles.
- For any access-related queries or assistance, please reach out to NIFA staff at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2. Scheduling and Expertise Indication:
- Reviewers are requested to complete a scheduling poll, indicating their availability for the review process and specifying their area of expertise. The poll can be accessed at https://forms.office.com/g/tVMrVFSLVX.
The 2024 review panels are scheduled for approximately 1.5 hours during the week of February 26th, providing a valuable opportunity for industry representatives to contribute their insights to the research initiative.
For inquiries regarding the responsibilities and duties of industry-relevant reviewers, interested individuals are encouraged to contact Valerie Mellano, SCRI Relevance Review Panel Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By actively participating in the SCRI review process, industry representatives can help shape the future of specialty crop research and ensure that it aligns with the evolving needs of the sector. Your expertise is valued and can make a significant impact on the industry’s continued growth and success.
For more information and to get involved, visit the Relevance Recruit website or reach out to NIFA staff today.
Stay tuned for further updates on the Specialty Crop Research Initiative as it continues to drive innovation and progress within the specialty crop industry.