Hatch Projects

Hatch Projects are 5-year research plans with measurable goals and impacts designed to contribute to the broad research mission of the USDA-NIFA.  These peer-reviewed projects allow the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station (ARD-Agricultural Research Division) to support faculty salaries with federal funds, which in turn free up state resources to be used for operating, travel, personnel, and graduate research assistantship support across the Institute of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Prior to developing a Hatch project, PIs/Co-PIs should engage with their unit administrator(s) and colleagues in research planning.  We strongly recommend that faculty develop collaborative team-based Hatch Projects that have achievable goals; units must develop policies that allow funds provided by ARD (GRAs, staff-lines, operating and travel) to support approved Hatch projects.

Note:  There is also a competitive internal-grant program associated with Hatch-Multistate projects.  Hatch-Regular and Hatch-Multistate projects serve different purposes and are programmatically managed differently.

Who needs a Hatch Project?
ARD Tenure-Track faculty MUST have Hatch project
        • If faculty research aligns with mission of USDA
        • Not for faculty with biomedical research interests

Non-Tenure Track faculty with an ARD appointment are not required to have a Hatch project but are not prevented from leading or collaborating on a Hatch project.

ARD Hatch Resources
The resources below provide general guidance for the development and review of Hatch projects.