Summary: GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATIONS
POLICY NUMBER 8
INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION IN
REGIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
1. Regional research supported by the Hatch Act is a joint effort for the region directed
toward the solution of definite problems of important concern to agriculture. Two
characteristics distinguish it from other types of research:
A. The research focuses on a specific and important problem of concern to two or
B. The research is planned and conducted as a concerted team effort in which the
participating scientists are mutually responsible for accomplishing undertakings.
2. In Georgia, as in all other states, a portion of our Hatch funds is designated as Regional
Research Funds (RRF) and can be used only for formal regional research undertakings.
3. Participation in a regional research project does not imply or assure that the participant
will receive additional new funds for the regional research undertaking. In almost all
instances, RRF that are placed in the appropriate department for support of regional
projects replace regular Hatch or State funds, so that total fund support for the
departmental research program remains the same. The regional research undertaking is,
in effect, a substitution for other research work, or is complementary to ongoing projects.
Although it is desirable from the GAES viewpoint to have designated RRF in