The application will emphasize the importance of a “good question”: something that is measurable, achievable, and will help the farmer answer a production challenge and learn more about conducting research on their farm. Farmers will be asked to describe their potential project through straightforward questions about their motivation, potential practices to test, measurements of interest, space available, potential challenges, other considerations, and how their trial fits the research priorities identified by OFRF.
An example of a completed application can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. In full transparency, see the rubric form that reviewers will use to evaluate your proposal. For inspiration, other examples of on-farm research can be found on Appendix 4 of OFRF’s Farmers Guide to Conducting On-Farm Research.
When completing your application, you will be able to save your answers and return another time to finish your submission. Please remember to save the link so that you can return to your application when you are ready to submit. You can also use this blank application to draft your answers if it’s helpful, and then write or copy-and-paste your answers in the online application when you are ready to submit.
Applications will be accepted beginning November 1st, 2023 through December 3, 2023.
The advisory committee will review proposals and notify successful applicants in January 2024. Farmer agreements will be signed prior to the start of the trial and the disbursement of funds. Those that are not selected for trials are encouraged to flesh out ideas based on the feedback received from the committee so they can apply again next year.
For help in the application process, contact OFRF’s Research & Education Engagement Coordinator, Jose Perez. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org