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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

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Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 11:59 PM PST


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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 working organic farms or ranches.

OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students and 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.

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 education and outreach components and contain measurable outcomes, yet projects that are purely outreach will not be considered. 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. OFRF supports research that is relevant to and takes place in certified organic systems. OFRF does not normally fund studies that compare conventional with organic systems as a primary objective.

Priority Areas:
1. Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing , crop rotations, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.

2. Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.

3. Management of emerging insect and disease issues.

4. Livestock health. Topics of particular interest include livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass-based livestock production.

OFRF generally will provide funding for:
-Labor and other expenses for recording, analyzing, documenting, and disseminating results;
-Rental of equipment necessary to the project;
-Stipends for farmer/rancher cooperators;
-Mileage for field travel (reimbursed at a rate no greater than the U.S. General Services Administration's rate on the date of application, currently $0.56 per mile).

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. Submission of a new proposal is required for OFRF to consider continued funding in subsequent years.

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.

Ordinarily, OFRF will not provide funding for:
-Faculty salaries
-Student tuition
-Farm labor not related to research activities
-Other farm expenses not related to the proposed research activities
-Permanent equipment
-International travel
-Travel to professional meetings or publication in scientific journals

OFRF does not provide funding to start or expand a commercial enterprise.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2017. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in spring 2018.

Program Guidelines:

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

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

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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.