The California Department of Food and Agriculture Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is soliciting pre-proposals that will advance fertilization and irrigation practices and minimize environmental impacts of fertilizing materials.
FREP's funding priorities include: outreach, education, demonstration and research projects focused on increasing the adoption of efficient nutrient and irrigation management practices and technologies; evaluating challenges and barriers to adoption of management practices; the role of organic input materials in soil nutrient management; validating management practices that optimize nutrient and/or irrigation efficiencies; filling knowledge gaps for nutrient and irrigation management in specific crops; understanding nutrient movement from the root zone; and mitigation strategies to reduce nutrient losses. Pre-proposals submitted must align with at least one of the identified priority areas and utilize the pre-proposal template.
Further information, including timelines, templates, application criteria and priority project areas are available on the Grant Program web page at www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html
CDFA FREP Program
The complete application requirements are available at the following link: www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html
Pre-Proposals due: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 5PM (full proposals by invite only will be due in April 2024)
Proposal Amount: $75,000 per year up to 3 years. (Projects requesting more than $75,000 per year or lasting longer than three years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
Required Match: not required
Project duration: January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2027
Kathleen Nolan, Director, ANR Office of Contracts & Grants (OCG)