Hot Shot Model
Project opportunities in metropolitan areas can arise when you least expect them and the Hot Shot model is designed to help you respond quickly. When a project opportunity requires expertise beyond your local capacity, Hot Shots are your answer- allowing your response and the work of the project, to be completed within the schedule of your local client.
When additional expertise is required the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER) will select from the roster of Hot Shots based on the specific expertise needed for the project and their availability to meet the project timeline and deliverables. Ideally, each Project Team is comprised of Hot Shots as well as local Extension faculty and staff assembled to address an applied research project.
The Hot Shot model makes an important distinction between projects and programs. Simply put, projects include the following criteria:
- Time bound – usually lasting 2 years or less, with a clear start and end date.
- Defined deliverables, usually including a project report.
- Defined budget that is full-cost recovery – we expect to collect full facilities and administrative costs (F&A) (aka indirect costs and overhead) on projects along with billing for wage and benefits for allocated staff time.
- Staffing (including Hot Shots) is assembled for the duration of the project, and disbanded after the project is completed.
In contrast, programs imply long-term duration with dedicated staffing and consistent programs or activities, such as Extension legacy programs 4-H and Master Gardeners.