Applicant Eligibility and Proposal Deadline:
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 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.
The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15, 2017. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in spring 2018.
Based on the OFRF report, 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, this year’s priority areas for research projects are listed below. We encourage applicants to refer to the 2016 National Organic Research Agenda for more information on research priority areas that have been identified.
- Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing, crop rotations and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.
- Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.
- Management of emerging insect and disease issues.
- Livestock health. Topics of particular interest include livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass based livestock production.
For more information see the Organic Farming Research Foundation application site.