7 U.S. Code § 7613 - Relevance and merit of agricultural research, extension, and education funded by the Department
The Secretary shall establish procedures that provide for relevance and merit review of each agricultural research, extension, or education grant administered, on a competitive basis, by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
As soon as practicable after the review is conducted under subsection (b) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall consider the results of the review when formulating each request for proposals, and evaluating proposals, involving an agricultural research, extension, or education activity funded, on a competitive basis, by the Department.
In formulating a request for proposals described in paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall solicit and consider input from persons who conduct or use agricultural research, extension, or education regarding the prior year’s request for proposals.
A review panel shall be composed of individuals with scientific expertise, a majority of whom are not employees of the agency whose research is being reviewed.
To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall use scientists from colleges and universities to serve on the review panels.
The results of the panel reviews shall be submitted to the Advisory Board.
Section is comprised of section 103 of Pub. L. 105–185. Subsec. (f) of section 103 of Pub. L. 105–185 amended sections 361g, 3221, and 3222 of this title and repealed sections 346 and 3314 of this title.
2014—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 113–79, § 7301(1), substituted “Relevance and merit review of research, extension,” for “Merit review of extension” in heading.
Subsec. (a)(2)(A). Pub. L. 113–79, § 7301(2), inserted “relevance and” before “merit” and substituted “research, extension, or education” for “extension or education”.
Subsec. (a)(2)(B). Pub. L. 113–79, § 7301(3), inserted “on a continuous basis” after “procedures”.
2008—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7511(c)(30), substituted “National Institute of Food and Agriculture” for “Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service” in heading and “the National Institute of Food and Agriculture” for “the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service” in text of pars. (1) and (2)(A).
Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7301, added par. (3).
Subsec. (e)(3). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7129(c)(3), added par. (3).
Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, except as otherwise provided, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of this title.