The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting concept proposals for projects that will begin in January 2023.
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/28/2022
Grant Size: $75,000
Grant Duration: 3 years
Proposals must focus on at least one of the priority areas listed below and may focus on research, education, and/or outreach projects to provide growers and industry with cost-effective practices to improve the efficient use of
fertilizers and minimize environmental impacts. All research projects should have strong scientific merit (e.g., statement of problem, hypothesis, experimental design, statistical analysis). Research projects must include outreach to end-users. Outreach and education projects should include an outline of the needs, approach, objectives, and
measures of impact.
Priority Funding Areas
FREP invites research, education, and outreach project proposals in three priority areas: Improving Input Management, Understanding Plant-Soil Processes, and Evaluating Loss Pathways.
- Improving input management:
- Demonstrating and/or Validating Management Practices that Optimize Nutrient and/or Irrigation Water Use
- Addressing Challenges and Barriers to Adoption of Management Practices
- Education and Outreach (Technical Education)
- Understanding Plant-soil processes:
- Filling Knowledge Gaps for Nitrogen Management in Specific Crops
- The Role of Organic Input Materials in Soil Nutrient Management
- Evaluating Loss Pathways:
- Understanding Nitrogen Movement from the Root Zone
- Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Nitrogen Losses
Grant funding of $75,000 per year for up to three years is typical for projects. Projects requesting more than $75,000 per year and lasting longer than three years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, visit California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).