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Program Description

The Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Resources (SWC) uses an external peer review system to award MINI-GRANTS to scientists who have developed research plans consistent with the Consortium's goals. The mini-grants are designed to provide seed money for projects which propose novel approaches to address the problems of arid-land agriculture. These mini-grants must contain both water and a plant component, must be interdisciplinary, and must be competitive for the future acquisition of support by other granting agencies for continuation of the research. Each fiscal year, 3-4 new proposals and 3-4 renewal proposals are awarded “mini-grant” funds, following a tiered external and internal review process that includes preproposal screening.

Each proposal is evaluated on adherence to Consortium goals and objectives (see Objectives section). Proposals are also evaluated based on the areas of : 1) basic research, 2) plant and water components, 3) complimentary scientific disciplines of Principal Investigators, and 4) innovation and novelty.

The Southwest Consortium is directed by a Management and a Steering Committee. A third committee, the Scientific Committee,participates in the review process and selection of proposals for funding. Each committee is comprised of one member from each institution. Dr. John D. Kemp of New Mexico State University serves as the Director of the Southwest Consortium and as the Project Director for the USDA/CSREES primary Southwest Consortium grant. Patti Havstad is the Program Coordinator. The administrative offices for the Southwest Consortium are located at New Mexico State University, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Business Resource Office, Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 238, Box 30003, MSC 3AGB, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8003, phone: (575) 646-1154.

Scientific Committee

  • Champa Sengupta Gopalan,
    Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture,
    New Mexico State University
  • Giles Waines,
    Dept. of Botany & Plant Science,
    University of California, Riverside
  • Brian A. Larkins,
    Dept. of Plant Sciences,
    University of Arizona
  • Scott Twary,
    Bioscience Division,
    Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Position Open,
    Dept. of Plant & Soil Science,
    Texas Tech University

Steering Committee

  • John D. Kemp,
    Dept. of Entomology, Plant Pathology,& Weed Science,
    New Mexico State University
  • Jodie S. Holt, Dept. Chair,
    Dept. of Botany & Plant Science,
    University of California, Riverside
  • Robert T. Leonard, Dept. Head,
    Dept. of Plant Sciences,
    University of Arizona
  • Thomas Thompson, Dept. Chair,
    Dept. of Plant & Soil Science,
    Texas Tech University

Management Committee

  • Lowell Catlett, Dean,
    College of Agriculture and Home Economics,
    New Mexico State University
  • Thomas Baldwin, Dean,
    College of Natural and Agricultural Science,
    University of California, Riverside
  • Eugene G. Sander, Dean,
    College of Agriculture,
    University of Arizona
  • John M. Burns
    College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
    Texas Tech University