7 U.S. Code § 390a - Review process
Each proposal for an agricultural research facility shall be submitted to the Secretary for review. The Secretary shall review the proposals in the order in which the proposals are received.
In consultation with the congressional agriculture committees, the Secretary shall establish an application process for the submission of proposals for agricultural research facilities.
With respect to each proposal for an agricultural research facility submitted under subsection (a), the Secretary shall determine whether the proposal meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (2).
The proposal shall certify the availability of at least a 50 percent non-Federal share of the cost of the facility. The non-Federal share shall be paid in cash and may include funding from private sources or from units of State or local government.
The proposal shall demonstrate how the agricultural research facility would be complementary to, and not duplicative of, facilities of colleges, universities, and nonprofit institutions, and facilities of the Agricultural Research Service, within the State and region.
The Secretary shall ensure that each research activity conducted by a facility of the Agricultural Research Service serves a national or multistate need.
A prior section 390a, Pub. L. 88–74, § 2, July 22, 1963, 77 Stat. 90; Pub. L. 95–113, title XIV, § 1416(3), Sept. 29, 1977, 91 Stat. 996; Pub. L. 99–198, title XIV, § 1411(b), Dec. 23, 1985, 99 Stat. 1547, related to congressional declaration of purpose, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 104–127.