To: Soybean Researchers & Farmer Educators
From: Julia Robbins, Executive Director
New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association
Date: January 18, 2013
Subject: Request for 2013 Research Proposals— DUE March 1, 2013
The New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association is requesting proposals for 2013 soybean research and education. Proposals must be received no later than 4 pm on March 1, 2013 at:
PO Box 605
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Funding decisions are expected to be made on or around March 30, 2013. Typical awards are expected to be $10,000 per project or less. NYCGSA reserves the right to negotiate award/contract funding with successful applicants.
The available funds for 2013 research projects will be awarded with funds collected from NYCSGA’s National Soybean Checkoff assessments, and will be based on actual and anticipated collection of Checkoff assessments received in New York State.
Eligible researchers/ investigators may include scientists from colleges and universities or agri-businesses, cooperative extension agents, independent consultants and farmers. Collaboration between academic institutions, businesses and farmers is encouraged.
Please use the following format for your proposal:
1. Project title
2. Investigator(s) name, contact information, and affiliation (contact information should include, phone, address, email).
3. Specific research or education objectives
4. Brief discussion of the expected benefits of the research or education to soybean producers.
5. Concise description of the experimental or educational approach with procedures to be used, and explanation of how the proposed research or education relates to any past research or showing that no previous research has been done (reference key research publications as appropriate).
6. Detailed line-item budget including any other sources (current or pending) of funding for this same research. Attach supporting data for any proposed expenditures in excess of $10,000. Principal investigator or educator salary and non-expendable equipment are not eligible for funding. NYCSGA will not pay overhead and direct costs.
7. Brief description of investigator or educator qualifications for the proposed research.
8. Signature of authorized representative & date.
Note: If on farm field trials or other farmer engagement is part of the research proposal, then please include letters of collaboration from participating farmers.
While NYCSGA will consider multi-year proposals, funding awards/ contracts will only be made for one year at a time given that the Board’s source of funds varies by annual soybean sales and Checkoff assessment collections. This also allows the Board to consider the effectiveness of any previous research or education expenditures on the proposed or similar research projects and of the researcher on this or other projects. Payments of research grant awards will be made as follows: 40 % when project is approved and contract is returned to NYCSGA, 40% upon submission of progress report, and 10% upon submission of final report.
The following is a summary of New York’s highest priority soybean-related research needs. We encourage you to consider this list as guidance when submitting your proposals. All proposals must clearly show the benefits for soybean farmers.
2013 New York State Soybean Research Priorities, in no particular order:
- Tillage practices and planting methods
- Row-spacing and related population rates
- Seed treatments (insecticides, fungicides and inoculants)
- Fertility and micro-nutrient management
- White mold (and other pathogens) protection and control
- Foliar feeding
- Fungicides – applied as a preventative
- New grower recruitment and information needs especially to help dairy farmers seeking to diversify
- Consumer education about modern agriculture practices
- Soybean aphid threat evaluation and insecticide delivery methods and response rates.
- Genetically altered soybeans
- New uses - food and non-food
- On-farm animal feed use (whole beans) vs. cash crops
- Feeding quality for livestock - whole cooked vs. meal - nutritional value
- International and domestic trade marketing
Remember - this is not an exclusive list. If you have an idea for a project that is not listed here but has the potential to benefit New York soybean farmers, you are invited to enter a full proposal.
NYCSGA will require that researchers or educators who are successful in receiving NYCSGA funding for their work will acknowledge NYCSGA and soybean Checkoff support in any publication reporting findings of the NYCSGA sponsored research. In addition, NYCSGA requires electronic copies of the final research reports, any publications of the findings, and a research abstract, all of which NYCSGA may use in describing the project and its findings in any NYCSGA publication or the website.