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Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and Mexico Individuals
to Advance Knowledge of Organic Agriculture

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Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and Mexico individuals to conduct scientific research related to organic agriculture and food systems. Projects must involve ranchers or farmers in the design and implementation of the project. Research must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches. Priority is given to early career and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) applicants.

Applicants should articulate how the proposed research project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems, as well as ways in which organic farmers or ranchers can utilize proposed results in their operations. OFRF encourages grants that address the resiliency of organic systems to challenges like climate change and/or have economic and social considerations to complement on-farm research. 

Research projects must include strong educational and outreach components and contain measurable outcomes. Projects should include expected impacts due to the results or outcomes of the projects.

Priority Areas

  1. Soil Health: Research that advances soil health and fertility, such as cover cropping, increasing soil organic matter, and reducing tillage to sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and build resilience to climate change stressors.
  2. Weed, Pest, Disease Management: Research on innovative and systems-level approaches to weed, pest, and disease management that conserve and promote biodiversity, minimize the need for external inputs, and enhance carbon sequestration. 
  3. Resilient Cultivars: Research on breeding and development of new crop cultivars resilient to climate disruption, such as cultivars with increased water and nutrient efficiency, or stress and disease resistance.
  4. Livestock and Poultry: Research that enhances climate resilience for poultry and livestock production, advanced practices for grazing management and greenhouse gas reduction, and organic crop-livestock interactions.
  5. Social Science:
    • a) Research on barriers and best practices to transition to organic farming systems.
    • b) Research that supports underserved organic farmers and ranchers address the climate challenge.
  6. Resilience: Research on innovative practices or systems-approaches to address critical emerging issues related to climate, environmental, economic, or social challenges with the goal of improving resilience on organic farms and ranches.

Grant funding may be used for:

  • Single use materials needed for the research activities including, but not limited to, compost, seeds, etc.
  • Labor and other expenses for recording, analyzing, documenting, and disseminating results
  • Purchase of equipment under $1,000 including but not limited to, fencing, tractor attachments, livestock, etc. that is needed for the research project. If you need to exceed this limit to conduct your project, please provide clear justification in your budget.
  • Rental of large equipment necessary to the project
  • Stipends for farmer/rancher cooperators; student labor
  • Mileage for field travel (reimbursed at a rate no greater than the U.S. General Services Administration’s rate on the date of application, currently $0.56 per mile).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177459

Estimated Size of Grant:

OFRF will fund projects for up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

OFRF cannot guarantee funding for any project beyond a single year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is open to applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. OFRF does not fund projects outside of these countries.

Primary applicants or Co-PIs must identify as a farmer, rancher, or early career researcher. Early career researchers for this grant are defined as: pre-tenure faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and/or researchers that have received their MS or PhD within the past seven years (graduation year 2014). OFRF strongly encourages submission from Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) applicants. Farmers and ranchers often find that working with a professional researcher is helpful for designing and conducting a research project, and OFRF encourages applications from such partnerships.

Grant funding does not cover:

- General overhead and operational costs
- Faculty salaries
- Student tuition
- Farm labor not related to research activities
- Other farm expenses not related to the proposed research activities
- Permanent equipment over $1,000
- International travel
- Travel to professional meetings (grower/producer meetings and conferences for dissemination allowed)
- Publication fees for scientific journals

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are due Friday, August 20th, 2021 by 5:00 pm PT.

Successful applicants will be notified in fall 2021 and asked to submit a full proposal. Selected projects will be notified no later than April 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have additional questions, you may contact the OFRF Research Grants Division by phone at 831.426.6606 or e-mail at

Organic Farming Research Foundation
P.O. Box 440
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Physical address
303 Potrero Street, Suite 29-203
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Grant Coverage Areas:

USA, Canada, and Mexico

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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