Fertilizer Research and Education Program 2024

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The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) funds and facilitates research and education 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.


Each year, FREP solicits proposals for outreach, education, demonstration, and research projects that address FREP's funding priorities. Grant funding of $75,000 per year for up to three years is available in the 2024 grant cycle.

FREP invites project proposals in three priority areas:

1- Nutrient and Irrigation Technical Education

2- Improving Nutrient and Irrigation Management

A. Evaluating Challenges and Barriers to Adoption of Management Practices

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

C. Demonstrating and/or Validating Management Practices that Optimize Nutrient and/or Irrigation Water Use

D. Filling Knowledge Gaps for Nutrient and Irrigation Management

3- Evaluating Nutrient Loss Pathways

A. Understanding Nutrient Movement from the Root Zone

B. Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Nutrient Losses

Pre-proposals must focus on at least one of the priority areas. The Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP) has a two-phase annual process. Phase I is the submission and review of pre-proposals. After pre-proposals are reviewed, selected projects are invited to Phase II, the submission and review of full proposals. All projects should have strong scientific merit and research projects must include outreach to end-users. Outreach and education projects should include measures of impact.

Please review the 2024 Request for Pre-Proposals to learn more about the funding priorities and requirements. An overview of the application process is also available on the FREP grant program website. Please note, all applicants must submit their application using the 2024 Pre-Proposal Template. For questions about the application process or requirements please contact us at frep@cdfa.ca.gov.

A grant application workshop will take place via Zoom video conference 1-2 pm November 20, 2023. The workshop will highlight the application process and timeline and provide applicants with the opportunity to ask questions. You can register for the FREP Grant Application Workshop or review the recorded workshop on the FREP grant program website.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Other Legal Entity
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligibility is based on the applicant's ability to address FREP's grant funding priorities. FREP does not support proprietary product development, testing or promotions.

Eligible Geographies:

Pre-proposals may originate from outside of California, but all work must be relevant to California agriculture. Collaborating with CA partners is recommended.

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.
July 2024
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.
$1 – $225,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
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

Funding Source Notes:

Fertilizer Industry

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