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Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and Mexico Individuals
to Advance Knowledge of Organic Agriculture

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and Mexico individuals to conduct research related to organic agriculture and food systems. Projects must involve ranchers or farmers in the design and implementation of the project. Research must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches.

Applicants should articulate how the proposed research project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems, as well as ways in which organic farmers or ranchers can utilize proposed results in their operations. OFRF encourages grants that address the resiliency of organic systems to challenges like climate change and/or have economic and social considerations to complement on-farm research. 

Research projects must include strong educational and outreach components and contain measurable outcomes. Projects should include expected impacts due to the results or outcomes of the projects.

This request for proposals is open to any agricultural production, social, economic, or policy-related topic of concern to organic farmers and/or ranchers.

Priority Areas: 

  1. Soil health. Topics of primary interest include carbon sequestration, reduced tillage systems, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts and improving soil health.  
    • 1 a. Impact of soil management practices and soil health on crop nutritional quality and human health.  
    • 1 b. Links between soil health and the health of plants, livestock, and/or humans.
  2. Innovative weed control.  Topics of primary interest include weed control strategies that integrate soil improvement practices.
  3. Organic Insect Pest Management. Topics of primary interest include management of emerging insect pest issues.
  4. Livestock Health. Topics of particular interest include livestock production and best practices for grass-based livestock production.
  5. Climate Change. Addressing impacts on and adaptations to climate change.
    • 5 a. Tools that can be implemented by agricultural producers to measure the impacts of organic farming practices on net greenhouse gas emissions.
    • 5 b. Best practices to help organic farmers and ranchers mitigate and adapt to the effects of  climate change.
    • 5 c. Economic incentives for organic production systems to address the impacts of climate change (e.g., ecosystem markets, price premiums for mitigation practices, etc.).
  6. Social science research on the marketing, policy, and economic barriers to successful organic production, including barriers to transition from conventional to organic.
    • 6 a. Best practices to support the transition from conventional to organic farming systems.
  7. Research on critical emerging issues related to environmental, economic, or social challenges for organic growers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177459

Estimated Size of Grant:

OFRF will fund projects for up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

OFRF cannot guarantee funding for any project beyond a single year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. OFRF does not fund projects outside of these countries.

OFRF invites proposals from all applicants. OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding.

Farmers and ranchers often find that working with a professional researcher helps to design and carry out a research project, and OFRF encourages applications from such partnerships.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) is Friday, August 16, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in fall 2019 and invited to submit a full proposal.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have additional questions, you may contact the OFRF Research Grants Division by phone at 831.426.6606 or e-mail at

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 440
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Physical address
303 Potrero Street, Suite 29-203
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Grant Coverage Areas:

USA, Canada, and Mexico

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.