CRIS Reports

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CRIS (Current Research Information System) is the USDA’s reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research and extension projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry.

Why are CRIS Reports Necessary?

Since UW-Madison is a Land-Grant University and receives Federal Formula Grants, CALS is required to report all research funding, regardless of the source, via CRIS.

Funding sources that must be reported include, but are not limited to, Federal, Non-Federal, State, and unrestricted sources.

ALL research projects in CALS must be inventoried under a CRIS number.

Completing CRIS ReportsBack to Top

New Projects (AD416 Reports)

Projects are established in CRIS by completing an AD416 report. AD416 reports are required for new Hatch, Hatch Multistate, Animal Health, McIntire-Stennis, and NIFA awards.

When AD416 reports are needed, Casey Hillmer will facilitate initial setup, and will contact the PI with instructions for completing AD416 information in CRIS.

Ongoing Projects (AD421 Reports)

After a CRIS project is set up using report AD416, annual (AD421) reports are required. Annual (AD-421) CRIS reports are due in January of each year.

PIs will be notified of the due date and provided with instructions for completing the AD-421 report.

Formula Grants are vital to the CALS research mission; failure to file timely CRIS reports puts our continued receipt of these funds at risk. Please make every effort to complete the reports quickly and accurately.

If you need assistance, please see the CRIS Forms Assistance Website or contact Casey Hillmer at

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