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CRIS Forms Instructions for: AD-416, AD-417, Assurance and AD-421

Start at the CRIS Forms Assistance homepage located at You can bookmark this page if you wish, but no subsequent pages should be bookmarked. You will need to login to be able to download these forms.

AD-416 Work Unit Description

Select Work Unit Description AD-416/417/2008

Click on your state or region
Select: Storrs Agricultural Exp Station, University of CT
Enter " password " then click on the [Proceed] button. 
Contact Lynn Grabowski (  to obtain the SAES password.

Enter your last name and [Proceed] to the work list of projects for you as the principal investigator. If you have AD-416 forms in progress, you can select this form from the project work list, choose [AD-416] to edit the form.

-- OR -- If you are initiating a new AD-416 form, select the funding type and then click the [New] button at the bottom.

If you are revising an existing project, click the [Revision] button, select the project to be revised, then [Proceed]. Contact Lynn Grabowski if you are not sure whether this project should be revised or new.

Enter the following information:

Project Number:
If you are not normally the one to assign this number, enter your last name. If you are to assign this number, enter the Work Unit/Project No., up to 20 characters without punctuation, always beginning with your institution code (e.g. LAB, WNP, etc.), and, depending on your institution's convention, may include a "-" or a "0" (e.g. VT- or IOW0).

Title: Enter the title for this project. Titles are limited to 140 characters, including spaces.

Integrated Activity: Check this box only if this project fits the definition displayed for the funding type selected.

Performing / Cooperating Departments:
Select the home department of the Principal Investigator for the Performing Department, and select up to 2 departments participating significantly in the project.

Multistate Project Number:
The Multistate Project number identifies Hatch projects that are supported by Multistate Research funds, or those formally on record as contributing to a Multistate Research project. This number combines the region (NE, NC, S, W, or NRSP) and the project number in the format: region### (for example, NE999).

Cooperating States: Indicate any other states participating in the project if this is NOT a Multistate Project.

Investigator Names: A total of twelve can be listed. List the Principal Investigator on Line 1. Lines 2 through 12 are used for co-investigators.

Project Contact: A project contact name (or office), phone #, and email address are required.

Project Type: Select the CSREES funding program if not already correctly selected.

  • This section is for Grants and Cooperative Agreements only:
    • Proposal Number: A proposal number is assigned by the granting agency. Enter the assigned proposal number found on the proposal acknowledgement letter, award letter, or Agreement Face Sheet if one is available.
    • for SERD grants, refer to instructions provided by the SERD office

Start Date: Enter date work will begin as Month, Day, Year in the format 10/01/2007.

Termination Date: Enter the estimated termination date for the project as Month, Day, Year in the format 09/30/2010.

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Provide a clear, concise statement of the goals and objectives of the project as stated in the approved application or as approved by CSREES. The goals and objectives should be specific and attainable within the duration of the project and with the available resources. If the application lists milestones/target dates for important activities or phases of the project, include this information. Include a description of the expected outputs (or deliverables) from the project. For multistate projects, enter the objective(s) exactly as defined in the multistate project outline

Describe the ways in which the project will be conducted with emphasis on the general scientific methods and any unique aspects or significant departures from usual methods. Include a description of how the results will be analyzed, evaluated, or interpreted. If applicable, describe the intervention strategy and the intended audience(s). Include a description of how the output(s) will be evaluated and/or quantified for its impact on the intended audience(s).
Do Not exceed 3200 characters (counting spaces). **

** We recommend that you paste in the text from your word processor (spell-check there), but do not include formatting such as tab, indent, bold, underline, super/subscript, nor any graphic symbols.

Non-technical Summary:
Describe the situation that creates a need for this project as well as the purpose or rationale for the project. Also include general statements describing the methods to be used, the expected outcomes/impacts, and the anticipated benefits. Provide information at a level that most citizens can understand. This nontechnical summary is designed to enhance the usefulness of the information in the database, especially to legislative and other public audiences.
Limit to 3200 characters (counting spaces).

Enter one per line in the entry field. Not to exceed 29 characters per line and 345 characters total. It is important to assign appropriate keywords for automated information retrieval of project information. Generally, keywords should be limited to one- or two-word terms.

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View the displayed information carefully. Corrections or additional edits can be made by using the BACK button on your browser toolbar. After each edit, CHECK and SAVE again.

When the information is correct and complete, Confirm information. You should see a Confirmation Screen displaying all your entered text.

You may want to print a copy from this page to keep for your records.

Use the [Return] button provided (and NOT your browser's Back button) to return to an updated project selection list.

AD-417 Work Unit Description WEB Form Instructions

Entering AD-417 Classifications on the CRIS Web Forms

The most important thing to remember about the AD-417 Classification process is the purpose of assigning these codes to your project: funding reports to Congress are based on this classification. In order to summarize funding in your area of research correctly, projects must be classified appropriately. Projects must be classified according to the Manual of Classification of Forestry and Agricultural Research.

Suggestions for completing the AD-417 web forms:

Select a project and form "AD-417 Classification"

Enter the Classification by Knowledge Area (KA) (formerly RPA), Subject of Investigation, and Field of Science.

  • You can complete the Classification table one of several different ways:
    1. Using the manual, determine which options apply to this project and enter the numeric codes and percentages in the table
    2. Use the column heading links to view the list of options and enter the appropriate numeric codes and percentages in the table. You may find it helpful to print a blank form to jot down your choices.

      The column heading links will display the code lists in a new browser window, allowing you to view the code lists while you enter codes in the form. You can even copy and paste codes from the lists into the form.
    3. Use the "Classification Assistance" button to select codes from a list of check boxes. This process will generate all possible combinations from your selections and prompt you to enter appropriate percentages. It will then automatically enter the codes with percentages into the table. You must use the "Return" button provided to return to this form with the codes filled in.

      NOTE: If you use Classification Assistance do not complete the Research Effort categories until you have finished with the (blue) Classification table.

Enter the percentages for the Research Effort Category and Forestry/Animal Health Component.

  • Identify the research category as basic, applied, or developmental and assign percentages which add to 100%.
  • If the project is funded by McIntire-Stennis or Animal Health programs, the Forestry or Animal Health component will automatically be assigned 100%. You can optionally assign percentages to these categories up to 100% each for projects funded by other sources.

When complete, click the check data button.

Review and use the BACK button to make changes and corrections on the table.

When you have completed the classification and the data checking process, be sure to "save" your work with the "Save information" button.

When all required fields are complete on the AD-416 and AD-417 forms you will see a [SUBMIT TO CRIS] button. You are not finished and CRIS does not have your forms until you complete this last step!


The Assurance form is submitted at a project's inception or revision along with the AD-416-417. The assurance statement is required as policy for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human and animal subjects used in investigations. If DNA, animal or human subjects are involved, you must complete the institutional review process (have an approval date) before the project can be submitted to CRIS.

Application procedures for DNA, Animal Care, and Human Subjects Approvals may be found at the University’s Office of Research Compliance


Your research report is entered into the CRIS (Current Research Information System) database where it is available to fellow research scientists and administrators on a nationwide basis, and to the public worldwide in the CRIS searchable database

Display the CRIS Forms Assistance homepage located at:
You can bookmark this page if you wish, but no subsequent pages should be bookmarked.

Select Accomplishments Report AD-421

Click on your state, and then select: Storrs Agricultural Exp Station, University of CT

Enter " password " then Proceed. Contact Lynn Grabowski ( to obtain the password for the password.

Enter your name to display the list of projects that require reports from you as the principal investigator.

NOTE: grants that started on or after 10/01/2005 are displayed in a separate list shaded in purple -- these require a report based on the anniversary of the project start date -- the due date for each is shown separately.

Select a project by clicking on the The reporting form will be displayed with blue underlined links to additional information about each field to be entered.

Enter the following information:

Choose the appropriate report, either:

  • Annual Report: If the termination date has not passed and the project was active during the current reporting year
  • Final Report: Only if the termination date has passed and the project will not be extended beyond the date shown

Report outputs completed during the reporting period that contribute to the goals and objectives of the project (do not include publications here, they are to be reported separately in the block below). Do not include findings or conclusions that have been reached; these are to be reported separately as changes in knowledge in the outcomes section. Include a description of how the results have been disseminated to communities of interest or how the product is being shared. If this is a final report, give a brief summary of the most significant outputs and dissemination activities for the entire life of the project.

Outcomes / Impacts:
Describe how findings, results, techniques, or other products that were developed or extended from the project generated or contributed to an outcome/impact. Describe the results of the project evaluation. Indicate how resources and activities helped to produce project outputs and achieve project outcomes and impacts.

The Outputs and Outcomes/Impacts narratives are required and each limited to 3200 characters (spaces are counted too), Only keyboard characters are allowed. Do not use degree symbols, math symbols, Greek letters, italics, boldface, super- or sub-scripts, or underlines. Please substitute suitable words and alternate characters. Consider entering and spell-checking the text in your favorite wordprocessor (then paste it into the Web form), but do NOT include tabs or indents nor any other text formatting or graphic characters.

Publications that relate to your CRIS projects should be included. List significant publications issued during the reporting period. On a final report, only include publications not previously submitted on an annual report. There is no limit to the number of publications.
Wu, J., Ullrich, R.C. and Novotny, C.P. 2006. Regions in the Z5 mating gene of Schizophyllum commune involved in Y-Z binding and recognition. Mol. Gen. Genet. 252:739-745.

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Provide information about individuals who worked on the project. If applicable, provide information about partner organizations, collaborators, and contacts. Also describe opportunities for training or professional development that were provided by the project.

Target Audiences
Provide information on target audiences for efforts designed to cause a change in knowledge, actions, or conditions.

Project Modifications
Describe major changes in approach and reason(s) for these major changes. If applicable, provide special and/or additional reporting requirements specified in the award Terms and Conditions.

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View the displayed information carefully. Corrections or additional edits can be made by using the BACK button on your browser toolbar. After each edit, CHECK and SAVE again.

When the information is correct and complete, Confirm Report. You should see a Confirmation Screen displaying all your entered text.

When you are completely finished with the report and do not need to edit it further, select the Report Complete button. Once you select this button, you will not be able to edit the report again.  You MUST "press" this button to indicate when the report is complete. Your report cannot be submitted to CRIS until you mark it complete.  Please notify Lynn Grabowski (lynn/, when you complete the report.  Also print a final copy and submit to your department head for review and approval.  Once the department approved report is returned to SAES, the report will be submitted to CRIS.

If you have more than one project, use the Return to Select Project button in order to select another project and follow the same steps as outlined previously.

For assistance with CRIS forms please contact Lynn Grabowski (

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Natural Resources and the Environment:

Beth A. Lawrence, $85,786, Increasing Biodiversity and Habitat Complexity in Invaded Wetlands., EPA/Loyola University Chicago

Anita Morzillo, $253,054, Attitudes Toward Black Bears and their Management in CT, DOI/US Fish and Wildlife Service/CT Dept of Energy and Eniv.Protection

Nutritional Sciences:

Christopher Blesso, $17,057, Anti-inflammatory and Hypolipidemic Effects of Egg Sphingomyelin for the Prevention of AtherosclerosisL A pilot study, American Egg Board


Paulo Verardi, $413,291, Rapid Development of Replication-controlled Vaccinia Virus Vectors for Vaccines and Therapeutics with Single or Double Safety Features, DHHS/NIH

Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

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