Northwest Potato Research Consortium
Cooperative Effort of the Potato Commissions of ID, OR, & WA
The Northwest Potato Research Consortium goes through an annual research funding process with the following general structure. During summer an official announcement of the process and schedule is sent to cooperating institutions and scientists, and posted on this website. Concept proposals (2 pages in length) are typically due mid-October. Concept proposals are reviewed by the commission staff and research committees as appropriate, then the Consortium board (3 representatives from each commission) meets in late October to decide which projects to invite for the full proposal round. Full proposals are due in mid-December. All full proposals reviewed by the Consortium must have gone through the concept proposal stage and been invited to the full proposal round. Proposals are distributed to the Consortium board and the three commissions. In late February there is a formal research review involving presentation of each proposal by the lead scientist or a representative. Research committees from all three states are invited to attend, and all such industry personnel present at the meeting score the proposals. Immediately after this event the Consortium board meets to review the rankings of the proposals generated by the industry reviewers and collaboratively generates a list of projects and funding amounts to recommend to the boards of the three potato commissions. The funding decision-making process is not officially complete until all three potato commissions have given the Consortium manager clearance to make funding announcements to lead scientists on the projects. The earliest this clearance occurs is during the March meetings of the commissions.