CDFA FREP Pre-Proposals Due December 18, 2023

Nov 6, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

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


The complete application requirements are available at the following link:

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

Thank you.

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

By Kathleen P Nolan
Author - Director