Setting the research agenda for wood – If not now, when?
Publication Name: Wood and Fiber Science
Publication URL: https://wfs.swst.org/index.php/wfs/article/view/79/79
National research funding, a critical issue for wood scientists and the forest products industry, is undergoing significant change. The USDA spends about $1.7 billion annually on research related to the nation’s system of food, fiber, and natural re- sources, of which about $120 million (-7%) is spent on merit-based, peer-reviewed research funded by the National Research Initiative Compet- itive Grants Program (NRI).’ The balance (nearly $1.6 billion) is distributed through intramural re- search grants to USDA staff (including coops), for- mula funds to state agriculture experiment stations, and special grants for targeted initiatives.