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.