Russell L. Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment funding is available to University of California personnel to support problem-solving research that will benefit California range cattle producers. The goal of this program is to promote collaboration and strengthen the network among research faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists, county-based Cooperative Extension advisors and range cattle producers, and to ultimately provide practical answers to critical issues and challenges facing the industry.
It is anticipated that three or four research proposals will be awarded with a total annual budget typically not exceeding $60,000 per year. Matching funds from other sources that provide leverage will be favorably considered. Funding will also be available to support outreach and extending knowledge activities with budgets not to exceed $10,000 per project.
- Collaborative research (annual call for proposals on priority research issues)
- Collaborative workshops, conferences, symposia (requests accepted year-round)
- Research grants: January 1, 2018-December 31, xxxx (not to exceed two years)
- Outreach / extending knowledge activities: request accepted year-round (not to exceed two years)
Research priorities for 2018 call (not in order of priority):
- Managing Rangelands for Multiple Ecosystem Services
- Enhancing the Productivity and Profitability of Rangeland Cattle Operations
- Improving Cattle Health, Genetics, Productivity, and Quality
The research priorities for this call were developed and refined in consultation with UC and representatives from the range cattle industry. Priorities will be reviewed and established on a regular basis to ensure that the most critical issues facing the industry continue to be addressed.
Proposals are due Oct. 20, 2017. For more information, visit http://rangelands.ucdavis.edu/rustici-page-rfp.
The Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) is requesting proposals for new research and demonstration projects for the period Nov. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2018. Research rate for new projects will be approximately $30 per hour.
Located near Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley, Kearney has 330 acres suitable for many types of tree, vine, and row crops and environmental research.
Kearney has the most extensive specialized agricultural research facilities of any off-campus location within UC: modern greenhouse, postharvest facilities, sample handling (including cold storage and drying), sensory evaluation and associated research laboratory facilities. This year, a soil weighing lysimeter is available for plant water-use studies.
Substantial open ground, plantings of grapes, stone fruit, kiwi and alfalfa are becoming available.
Proposal forms are to be submitted electronically via the “Universal Review System” accessed through your UC ANR Portal by Oct. 2, 2017. Forms are located at http://recs.ucanr.edu/For_Researchers/Research_Proposal_Application_and_Forms.
To submit the required forms, follow these simple steps:
- Log into your portal at https://my.ucanr.edu.
- Click on “Login to Universal Review System”.
- Under “Open Systems” select “Kearney REC CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS 2017-2018”.
- Fill out the “New Proposal” form, then submit it using the “Create Proposal” button at the bottom of the page.
If you have questions about field research management, contact Dale Pattigan at (559) 646-6022 or email@example.com. For questions about the facilities, contact Laura Van der Staay at (559) 646-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other questions may be directed to Jeff Dahlberg, KARE director, at (559) 646-6060 or email@example.com. For assistance with submitting your proposal, contact Janie Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 646-6010.
To learn more about Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, visit http://www.kare.ucanr.edu/
Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is soliciting proposals for new and continuing research projects for the period July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
Hopland REC encompasses more than 5,300 acres of oak woodland, grasslands and chaparral rangeland in southeastern Mendocino County. The facility provides research opportunities in animal science, range management, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, entomology and epidemiology, pest management, viticulture and natural resources management. Some unique features of interest include the capacity to study paired watershed effects, grazed and non-grazed vernal pools, diversity of species (including the discovery of a new species of wildflower) and more.
New projects are encouraged and there may be opportunities to use existing research designs for new research questions. HREC's resources include an array of habitat types, almost 700 species of vascular plants including 11 species of oaks, a resident sheep flock and an array of mammal species including black-tailed deer, wild feral pigs and coyotes. Facilities include 12 acres of irrigated pasture and vineyard, all-season road access, lab space, high-speed Internet, a nationally acclaimed lysimeter, basic wet and dry lab facilities (currently being renovated), capacity to perform necropsies on site and a dormitory that can accommodate over 20 students.
Please refer to http://hrec.ucanr.edu for a complete description of center resources. For even more detailed descriptions of the natural resources and related features of interest, please look at our interactive storybook at HREC Story map.
Hopland REC provides outstanding staff with diverse skills to provide local labor, equipment, research facilities and technical and management support to UC academics and to personnel from cooperating non-UC organizations. Hopland REC expects to award hours of center-provided labor at minimal cost to support approved projects during this coming program year.
Hopland REC assesses an annual research project fee and a per-hour labor rate for staff assistance on all active projects. Both rates are subsidized for UC affiliates. Non-UC affiliates are charged the full rate.
To submit a proposal, please submit forms electronically, via the “Universal Review System” accessed through the UC ANR Portal by April 21, 2017.
To submit a proposal, go to http://hrec.ucanr.edu. On the left hand side under RESEARCH you will see the tab "Submitting a proposal." You will be asked for your ANR Portal login. Once you are logged in, you will see a list of proposals for the PI or Co-PI. Only submit the proposals that you are the PI for unless the PI has asked you to submit the proposal as a Co-PI.
If you have any questions, contact Amber Shrum, administrative assistant, at 707-744-1424 Ext. 101, or Kimberly Rodrigues, HREC director, at (707) 744-1424, Ext 115.
The UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) is soliciting proposals to support new and continuing research on rangeland and oak woodland ecology and management, beef cattle health, production and management, and related agricultural and natural resource themes important to California.
Academics from UC and non-UC institutions are eligible to apply for support. SFREC contributes labor to support development of experimental infrastructure, experimental manipulations, data collection, animal handling and other activities necessary to conduct field research.
Proposals are due by March 2, 2017. Proposals must be submitted through the REC Manage System via the SFREC website at http://sfrec.ucanr.edu.
Basic resources and facilities to support research include 5,000 acres of northern Sierra foothill oak woodland and annual grass rangeland as well as irrigated pastures, riparian areas and access to the Yuba River. An approximately 160-head cow-calf herd and access to up to 300 head of steers/heifers are available to support animal production, animal health and grazing research. SFREC maintains a wet/dry lab for sample processing, rooms in a house available for long-term research stays, a 16-bed dormitory and large and small conference rooms.
For further information regarding research opportunities, contact
The Intermountain Research and Extension Center is a 140-acre research facility located at 4,000 feet elevation near the Oregon border. IREC specializes in the following crops: potato, small grain, onion, peppermint, forage grasses and alfalfa. However, most cool season field and vegetable crops can be accommodated and grown on the center. Research topics of interest include variety development, integrated pest management, irrigation management, plant nutrition and agriculture-wildlife interactions.
Available IREC facilities and equipment include a greenhouse, controlled postharvest facility, drying ovens, an automated potato grading line, a mini-still for essential oil extraction, specialized small plot irrigation equipment, research-adapted small plot planters and harvesters, and a full line of commercial farm equipment for field and vegetable crop production. Technical assistance is available for all farming practices, field instrumentation and data collection.
IREC's Research Advisory Committee will evaluate proposed research for scientific merit and regional need. Approved projects will be eligible for center-provided support—land, labor, technical assistance, equipment and facilities.
Questions about the research proposal process or about research opportunities at IREC should be directed to director Rob Wilson at email@example.com or center superintendent Darrin Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (530) 667-5117.
Proposals may be submitted into the REC Manage System via the IREC website beginning Dec. 20, 2016, and are due no later than Feb. 10, 2017.