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Joining a Multistate Activity

The following information provides guidance on how to officially document our participation on approved multistate activities.

You need to complete an Appendix E to participate on multistate activities. 

To complete an Appendix E:

  1. Go to the National Information Management Support System (NIMSS) website.
  2. At the top of the screen log into the system to complete the process.  If you haven't previously registered, you will need to do so to continue the process, use the New User link on the top right-hand of the page.
  3. Click on the Participants section at the left-hand side of the screen.  When the menu appears, select the Draft/Edit Participant Info option.
  4. Select Draft New and click.
  5. Enter the information for your participation on this specific multistate activity.
    • Project Number:
      • Enter a project number or parts of a project name in the text box and then select a specific project from the list provided.
    • User:
      • Enter the first name of the user you would like to assign in the text box and then select a specific user from the list provided.
      • If the name is not in the User List click on the "Submit User Creation Request" button.
    • If you will be the official station representative for this project you will need to click on the box shown before the list of Objectives.
    • Objectives: 
      • You must choose at least 1 objective from the listed.
    • Research Commitments: This area is to be completed if you are putting a percentage of your research time on this project.
      • Find definitions for Scientific Year (SY), Professional Year (PY) and Technical Year (TY) by clicking the "?" help screen.
        • Once you have read the information you will need to enter your percentage of time in the area that fits your job title.
        • You must enter at least 10% in decimal form (0.10) if you are filling in this research area.
      • Research – To view the Knowledge Area (KA), Subject Investigation (SOI) and Field of Science (FOS) click on the (Find Code) next to the title.
        • If you have entered Research time you will need to enter at least one KA, SOI and FOS in this area.
        • If you are entering more than one in each area click the Add Row button.
    • Extension: This area is to be completed if you are putting a percentage of your extension time on this project.
      • FTE – This area is for the percentage you will be putting on this project.
        • You must enter at least 10% in decimal form (0.10) if you are filling in this Extension area
      • To view the Knowledge Area (KA) click on the (Find Code) next to title.
        • If you have entered Extension time you will need to enter at least one KA in this area.
        • If you are entering more than one in each area click the Add Row button.
  1. When you have finished, click the Submit button.

The information you have entered will be submitted and our office will receive an email indicating that our review and approval is needed.  If you have any questions during this process, please contact our office at aesstaff@psu.edu or 814/865-3136.

Before the Appendix E can be approved through our office and submitted in NIMSS we will need to know where your percentage of time will come from via email.