REEport Project Initiation Participants

May 28, 2013 Debra Cheung


  • Enter the names and departments of any Co-PI's for this project.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) is a unit of effort used to measure a worker's involvement in a project.  FTE is defined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the number of total hours worked divided by the maximum number of compensable hours in a full-time schedule as defined by law.

For help calculating FTE, see UC Davis Effort Calculator here: (requires UC Davis login ID to use the calculator)

Estimated FTE for the Project Duration

  • Providing an estimate of effort for a project is required by NIFA
  • Your AES Analyst in the CA&ES Dean's Office will provide FTE data for all formula projects (Hatch, Multistate, Animal Health) in your department during the annual call for Project Initiations.
  • Estimated FTE provided by the CA&ES Dean's Office is based on FTE data collected in the previous year for each AES project.

FTE for non-formula projects and competitive grants (NIFA sponsored research awards)

FTE categories 

  • Scientist: A research worker responsible for original thought, judgments, and accomplishments in independent scientific study. This includes investigation leaders and project leaders and portions of the time of supervising scientists or staff assistants who meet the preceding definition. Examples: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Scientist.
  • Professional: A professional does not qualify as a scientist under the preceding definitions but may still significantly contribute to research activities. Professionals usually hold one or more college degrees and have otherwise qualified for employments in a professional category. Generally, professionals have a high degree of research activity responsibility but do not hold principal investigator status or equivalent at the reporting institution. Examples: Department Head, Resident Director, Statistician, Analyst, Assistant Director, Dean.
  • Technical: Technical Staff are associated with research efforts in a technical capacity and do not participate in the investigative aspects of the research. Examples: Lab Assistant, Mechanic, Carpenter, Machinist, Skilled Tradesperson.
  • Administrative and Other: These are clerical and support staff who contribute to the non-technical support of the project. It is often difficult to assess an individual's clerical and labor support to any one project; they usually support groups of researchers of different projects in a broad manner, such as by ordering supplies, typing reports, managing bill payments, performing janitorial work. Examples: Secretary, Typist, Repairman, Janitor, Data Entry.


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