Program leaders have selected University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of Electronic Commerce, Anthony Gauvin, to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Rural and Community Development (CRD) panel for a second year.
Dr. Charles F. Cleland, SBIR National Program Leader, and Dr. Brent Elrod, National Program Leader for CRD notified Gauvin of his selection to the panel in a letter. The panel reviews funding proposals and will next meet in February.
“The most exciting part of participating in the panel is reconciling the thoughts and opinions of the all nine panel members into a cohesive whole that adds value to the grant submitters. At times, the debates could get animated as we had to collectively decide which of the applications would get funding; everyone has their particular bias based on their area of expertise. In the end, good choices were made and several small rural businesses got the funding they needed to commercialize a new and innovative product. It was a rewarding experience,” said Gavin.
Professor Gauvin's designated areas of expertise are community development, e-commerce, computer science, rural economic development, and rural sustainable development.
Gauvin will review a total of 10 or 11 proposals as primary, secondary or tertiary reviewer. As some proposals may only have one ad-hoc review, Gauvin's in-depth review of the proposals will be critical.
Gauvin has been a member of the UMFK faculty since 2002.