Kansas State University supports competitive peer review as the primary and best means to distribute federal research funds. As such, K-State will only seek Congressionally Directed funding if the following criteria are met.
1. In order to be considered for Congressionally Directed Funding, a proposal must be in the strategic interest of the College or Department, the University, the region, the State of Kansas and/or the Nation. The purpose is to grow the research enterprise, or to expand the University’s outreach to the community, or to meet a specific identified need of the University, region, state or nation.
2. All proposals must be reviewed and approved by the Vice President, Dean or Director to determine whether the proposal has sufficient academic and/or scientific merit and whether they have met the criteria laid out in number 1.
3. In the case of research proposals, the Vice President, Dean or Director should review any potential competitive federal funds which might be available to support the research project proposed. The policy of Kansas State University is to seek congressionally directed requests which may not be eligible for competitive funding or may have received competitive funding previously and are no longer eligible but are a significant research project.
4. Once approved and submitted by the Vice President, Dean or Director, the proposal must then be approved by the University’s Federal Relations Committee. At times, proposals may be submitted to an independent review panel to determine the viability of the submitted proposal. The decision to proceed will be determined by a balancing of the merits of the proposal submitted, the strategic importance of the proposal, the relative merit of all other proposals submitted for that funding year, and a determination of the political opportunities as they exist at that moment.
5. The final slate of proposals will then be submitted to the President for final approval.
6. Once approved by the President, the slate of proposals will be submitted to the Congressional Delegation by the Director of Governmental Relations.