The CDFA 2022 California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation and Thriving Environments Research Program (CLIM3ATE-RP) will award competitive grant(s) to California-based Institutions for research projects that address key barriers to achieving California’s climate goals, including the reduction of methane emissions to 40% below 2013 levels by 2030 as codified in SB 1383 as well as efforts to continue advancing climate smart agriculture.
Funding allocated from the Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Chapter 240) will be directed towards three impact areas 1) Verification of Methane Emissions Reduction Strategies 2) Alternative Methane Emissions Reduction Strategies and 3) Manure Recycling and Innovative Products Development
Impact Area 1 aims to verify that existing methane mitigation strategies available and supported by the State of California, specifically the CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) and Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) are accurately achieving methane reductions and are based on the best available knowledge. Verification projects should include an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of livestock methane reduction strategies on annual and project lifetime scales and measured on a per metric ton of CO2 equivalents. Projects should address a variety of alternative manure management strategies and digester configurations. Projects must measure methane emissions before and after project implementation and operation, and these results should be compared with the projections using the appropriate Benefits Calculator Tools for AMMP and DDRDP provided by the California Air Resources Board. Proposed projects should also measure criteria pollutants (I.e., Nitrous oxide, PM2.5) and other air pollutants (I.e., Ammonia). Project designs and measurement timelines should account for relevant factors, including, but not limited to, seasonal variation, operation specific practices, infrastructure design and operation, as well as measurement of factors that may influence variation in emissions measurements, such as lagoon solids and lagoon water irrigation rates. Awarded project must address both AMMP and DDRDP.
In Impact Area 2, in addition to verifying existing strategies, the CLIM3ATE research program seeks to fund projects addressing alternative methane reduction strategies including lagoon treatment, dietary modification, or other means to decrease or avoid enteric and/or manure methane emissions. This work could include, but is not limited to, research on livestock nutrition, emissions life cycle assessments and analysis of GHG emissions reductions attributed to using byproducts in feed rations, genetics, consumer and animal safety in relation to methane mitigating feed additives, feed additive impacts on quality and quantity of food products, consumer acceptance, market barriers to strategy implementation, rumen microbiome modification, or other strategies.
In Impact Area 3, efforts to address manure recycling and the development of innovative products will be solicited. Each project must contain elements in both of the following two categories: A) Physical demonstration/Research, and B) Economic analysis. projects can include but are not limited to environmental outcomes studies on California vermifiltration systems, Algae raceways, or other denitrification or nitrogen capture technologies; benefits of captured nitrogen products as standalone fertilizer; implementation of new technologies for demonstration farms; novel manure use/product development.
- Tribal Government
Entities eligible to apply include California-based University researchers and academic experts, non-profit organizations, private companies, and Federal and California Recognized Native American Indian Tribes.
Entities directly receiving grant award funds must be in California with a physical business address. The project site must be located in California. Research conducted must be considered applicable to and feasible for California dairies
Matching Funding Requirement:
Cost share, including matching funds and in-kind contributions, are not required; however, cost share is encouraged and may serve as evidence to demonstrate industry commitment to, or support for, the project. Projects providing cost share will be evaluated on a case per case basis. If cost share is included, documented evidence of having secured match funds must be provided as part of the application
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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