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.
1- IMPROVING INPUT MANAGEMENT:
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)
2. UNDERSTANDING PLANT-SOIL PROCESSES:
A. Filling Knowledge Gaps for Nitrogen Management in Specific Crops
B. The Role of Organic Input Materials in Soil Nutrient Management
3. EVALUATING LOSS PATHWAYS:
A. Understanding Nitrogen Movement from the Root Zone
B. Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Nitrogen Losses
- 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.
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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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