A Hatch or other formula funded project is fundamentally a "plan of work" for the Virginia Agriculture Experiment Station, serving as an umbrella for all research activities. Any faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a research appointment of 20 percent or more is required to develop a Hatch project, or to participate in a McIntire-Stennis or Animal Health and Disease research program. Faculty who have previously had a Hatch project may be allowed to substitute a multistate Research Hatch for an individual project.

The Hatch program supports basic research related to the broadest aspects of agricultural problems. The program encompasses areas ranging from soil and water conservation, food safety, biotechnology and aquaculture, to animal and crop production. An individual Hatch project allows the faculty member to focus on clearly defined research and appropriate outreach.

See the resources below for information about project preparation and submission procedures.