Fertilizer Research and Education Program 2022

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Closed (13 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) funds and facilitates research to advance the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use and handling of fertilizing materials. FREP serves growers, agricultural supply and service professionals, extension personnel, public agencies, consultants, and other interested parties.



FREP invites research, education, and outreach project proposals in three priority areas: Improving Input Management, Understanding Plant-Soil Processes, and Evaluating Loss Pathways.


A. Demonstrating and/or Validating Management Practices that OptimizeNutrient and/or Irrigation Water Use

B. Addressing Challenges and Barriers to Adoption of ManagementPractices

C. Education and Outreach (Technical Education)


A. Filling Knowledge Gaps for Nitrogen Management in Specific Crops

B. The Role of Organic Input Materials in Soil Nutrient Management



A. Understanding Nitrogen Movement from the Root Zone

B. Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Nitrogen Losses




Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Proposals must focus on at least one of the priority areas and may focus on research, education, and/or outreach projects related to irrigation and nitrogen management. Research projects should have strong scientific merit and include outreach to end-users.Outreach/education projects should include an outline of the needs, approach, objectives, and measures of impact. FREP does not support proprietary product development, testing or promotions.

Eligible Geographies:

Concept proposals may originate from outside California, but at least some of the work must be performed in California, and all the work must be relevant to California agriculture.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
October 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
45 days

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
1 – 8
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$0 – $225,000
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Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-900-5022, FREP@cdfa.ca.gov