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One Solution: CRIS Transition Standard Report

November 2007

As a step toward integrating NIFA reporting systems, the agency released changes to the traditional CRIS reporting system at the beginning of FY 2008 (October 1, 2007).  A more standardized CRIS report is designed to familiarize grantees and project directors with an initial portion of an integrated, web-based, One Solution reporting system addressing problems identified by both grantees and agency staff.

The Work Unit Description (AD416), Classification (AD417), and Progress Report (AD421) are used for reporting on all projects funded by NIFA, with the exception of Smith-Lever 3b & c, and a few other extension programs. In addition, for the time being, SERD projects will continue to use the SERD CRIS Report rather than the CRIS Transition Standard Report.  Reporting on federal formula funds at the program level will continue through the web-based AREERA Plan of Work system.

As of October 1, 2007 the reporting categories and guidance for the CRIS AD416 (Work Unit Description) and AD421 (Accomplishment Report) have changed. No changes are planned for the CRIS AD417 (Classification) form at this time.

The revised CRIS AD421 will contain the same reporting categories and guidance for research, extension, and education projects, and will provide a more consistent format for project directors who may be reporting on multiple types of NIFA grants. The revised CRIS AD421 guidance language is consistent with the "outputs" and "outcomes" of the Generic Logic Model for NIFA Reporting (v 1.3) found at: www.nifa.usda.gov/business/reporting/part/gen_logic_model.pdf and should facilitate reporting for project directors who use this  logic model in program planning .

The revised CRIS AD416 sections include:

  • Goals/Objectives/ Expect Outputs
  • Methods
  • Non-Technical Summary

The revised CRIS AD421 sections include:

  • Outputs
  • Outcomes/Impacts
  • Publications
  • Participants
  • Target Audiences
  • Project Modifications

The revised CRIS AD421 moves the NIFA reporting system toward the language used in the Draft Format of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) found at: www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/index.jsp. The draft format of the RPPR is a uniform format for reporting performance on federally-funded research projects that was developed by the Research Business Model Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, a committee of the National Science and Technology Council, as part of the implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107). Agreement on standard reporting categories across the federal government will facilitate development of a common electronic solution for collecting information in lieu of collecting it through numerous agency-specific forms. This reporting format will most likely be required of all federal agencies that support research through grants and cooperative agreements in the near future.

The most current and detailed guidance associated with the CRIS Transition Standard Report can be viewed at: www.nifa.usda.gov/onesolution.

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