Research Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to 12/12

The deadline for research proposals has been extended to Monday, December 12th. All guidelines remain the same and are available below. We are excited about the proposals we've received to date, and are looking forward to another year of funding important organic research. Please contact 831-426-6606 with any questions. Thank you.
OFRF grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2016. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in early spring 2017.
OFRF offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities. Proposals must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation and must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches. Project proposals will be reviewed and awarded by the OFRF Board of Directors, most of whom are certified organic producers.
Based on the OFRF report, 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, this year’s priority areas for research projects are listed below.
  • Small grain production, especially related to creating a diverse rotational system.
  • Soil health.
  • Social science research, including understanding challenges and providing solutions for new organic farmers and ranchers and producers transitioning to organic systems.
  • Animal production, especially breeding for organic systems, disease management and pasture management. 
“We received feedback from over 1,000 organic farmers across the U.S. for the 2016 NORA report,” said Diana Jerkins, Research Program Director at OFRF. “We encourage applicants to read the report for additional background on the challenges facing today’s organic farmers, and the research required to help solve those challenges.”
View the RFP.