Research Process

NGWI strives to set an industry-driven research agenda, seeking to drive collaboration on game-changing national research projects and priorities, focusing on projects that no one grape industry segment could effectively undertake on its own.

How We Work

NGWI pulls together the right people to develop and explore ideas, then implement and extend findings into practice. Each year, NGWI Research Theme Committees identify research priorities and distributed to relevant researchers, who are invited to develop research proposals to address them. Our Theme Committee review all proposals submitted, and make a recommendation whether to sponsor, sponsor and fund, or support the project, as outlined below. The NGWI Research Committee reviews all recommendations, and moves them forward to the NGWI Board for final approval.

As projects are ratified, NGWI aligns the research community and industry to ensure robust project objectives and desired outcomes are baked into project proposals. We help to seek project funding, whether through the Department of Agriculture’s intramural (ARS) or extramural funding (NIFA) entities, universities, cooperative extension programs or private industry partners. And we stay engaged to ensure objectives and outcomes are met.

NGWI Project Support Designations

NGWI sponsored projects
This top designation is awarded to projects meeting core NGWI theme areas, and is based on the strength of application. Mu
lti-institutional, trans-disciplinary projects are typically favored.

  • The NGWI Theme Committee Chair will approach a specific researcher (Principal Investigator or PI) regarding his/her topic.
  • A project team is developed, either by PI alone, in cooperation with the Theme Committee chair, or NGWI management. NGWI members may also self-identify for participation in any given project.
  • NGWI management works with the PI, coordinating meeting schedules, reading draft proposals to assure that all requirements are met, and working to secure matching contributions for the project.
  • NGWI coordinates letters of support and commitment of resources for the PI, and participates in the project’s Advisory Committee.
  • NGWI helps publicize updates on project progress and highlights achievements of individual researchers.
  • NGWI’s Extension & Outreach Committee aids in the extension of findings.

NGWI sponsored and funded projects
This designation describes projects for which grant applications were not successful and no alternative funding sources were available. In this case, NGWI provides full funding for the project. These projects proceed following the process described above.

NGWI supported projects
This second tier designation is used for regional projects, projects with industry-specific outcomes with regional application, or projects that address relevant but not core NGWI theme areas. Here, NGWI may supply a letter of support (a valuable document for grant applications) or commit a staff or board member to serve on a project advisory committee. These projects are t
ypically developed independently by the researcher, and may be brought to the attention of the organization by members of our board. 

For a complete overview of the NGWI Research Process, click here.