CA Dry Bean Advisory Board RFP due by Friday, February 5, 2021

Dec 21, 2020

Dear Colleagues,  

The California Dry Bean Advisory Board is requesting applied research proposals for 2021. This commodity-based research request is sponsored by the California Dry Bean Marketing Order, under the guidance of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Board has supported applied research by University programs for many years.

Attached, please find the grant application as well as a list of applied research priorities developed by the Dry Bean Advisory Board for 2021.These priorities reflect current issues and would complement the breeding research program. Pest and weed control continue to be issues within the industry. With the concerns over nitrogen use and future monitoring there is some interest in nitrogen studies. There is interest in deep rooted pinquito beans for dry farming along the coastal regions.  The California Dry Bean Advisory Board is also interested in Food Science specifically in food technology and product innovation research using California beans. This is a growing priority for the Board and will receive special attention.

For current information on dry bean production in California as well as past reports funded by the board, see the Dry Bean webpage on the Agronomy Research and Information Center site at http://beans.ucanr.org/. You can search and view funded research reports at http://beans.ucanr.edu/Publications_Database/.

Proposals are due by Friday, February 5, 2021. Please submit grant applications and final reports electronically to: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, mmleinfeldermiles@ucanr.edu.

Progress reports for projects funded by the dry bean industry in 2020 will also be due Friday, February 5, 2021. The final report will be uploaded in the UC ANR Dry Bean publication database referenced above.  Attached is an example progress report. 

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Michelle Leinfelder-Miles or Nick Clark, neclark@ucanr.edu.

Thank you.

Kathleen Nolan, Director, ANR Office of Contracts & Grants (OCG)