We are very pleased to report that NoroCORE was recently announced as a recipient of a 2017 USDA-NIFA Partnership Award! Specifically, for Innovative Programs and Projects, and we are tickled pink! (We told the Noros it was time to party, but didn’t tell them it was because we’ve been coming up with creative new ways to thwart them.)
Five Partnership Awards are given each year to teams or individuals at NIFA-supported institutions and organizations that have been in place for at least three of the past five years. The nomination came from North Carolina State University, the lead institution for the Collaborative, though NoroCORE earned this award as a team, representing the combined efforts of our colleagues at other institutions across the country.
The five award categories are: Mission Integration of Research, Education, or Extension; Multistate Efforts; Innovative Programs and Projects; Effective and Efficient Use of Resources; and Program Improvement through Global Engagement.
The Innovative Programs and Projects award is for groups who “combine resources (including disciplines) in innovative ways and/or develop an unusual response to a common problem.” Other desired traits include responding to emerging issues, engaging stakeholders in program planning or implementation, and showing positive outcomes for agriculture, the environment, communities, or people, in keeping with NIFA’s mission. We were required to demonstrate significant contributions by all team members, with ongoing efforts in the above activities.
Again, this award was only possible through the wonderful teamwork of those involved with the NoroCORE project and the array of backgrounds and experiences each member contributes. A round of applause and a pat on the back to all of our researchers, educators, colleagues, and their staff!