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Background Information On Multistate Research Projects


To enable research on high-priority topics among the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) in partnership with NIFA, other research institutions and agencies, and the Cooperative Extension System. In this way, technological opportunities and complex problem solving activities which are beyond the scope of a single SAES, can be approached in a more efficient and comprehensive way.

Legislative Authority:

The Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA)


“Not less than 25 percent [of the formula funding] shall be allotted to the States for cooperative research employing multidisciplinary approaches…to solve problems that concern more than one state.” -- AREERA Act

Organized through Regional Associations of SAES Directors:



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