Determination. The Agency will compile the results for each area of the technical report to determine how to further process an application.
(1) A project whose technical report receives a “pass” in each of the applicable technical report areas will be considered to have “technical merit” and is eligible for further consideration for funding.
(2) A project whose technical report receives a “fail” in any one technical report area will be considered to be without technical merit and is not be eligible for funding.
7 CFR § 4280.116
The Agency will determine the technical merit of all proposed projects for which Complete Applications are submitted under 4280.117, 4280.118, and 4280.119 under this subpart using the procedures specified in this section. Only projects that have been determined by the Agency to have technical merit are eligible for funding under this subpart.