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Intermountain REC calls for proposals

Aerial view of Intermountain Research and Extension Center looking at Tulelake from drone.

The Intermountain Research and Extension Center is soliciting proposals from researchers for new and continuing research projects in 2022-23.

IREC is a 140-acre research facility located at 4,000 feet elevation near the Oregon border. The center specializes in crops grown in Northeast California including potato, small grain, onion, peppermint, forage grasses and alfalfa; however, most cool season field and vegetable crops can be accommodated and grown at the center.

Research topics of interest include variety development, integrated pest management, irrigation management, plant nutrition and agriculture-wildlife interactions. Available facilities and equipment at the center include a greenhouse, controlled postharvest facility, drying ovens, an automated potato grading line, a mini-still for essential oil extraction, clean and dirty laboratory space, specialized small-plot pressurized irrigation equipment, research-adapted small plot planters and harvesters, and a full line of commercial farm equipment for field and vegetable crop production. 

IREC also has a multi-purpose conference and laboratory building for extension events with high-speed internet connection, Wi-Fi and audio-visual equipment for video conferencing. Technical assistance is available for all farming practices, field instrumentation and equipment operation, data collection and data entry and analysis.

The center's Research Advisory Committee will evaluate proposed research for scientific merit and regional need. Approved projects will be eligible for center-provided support, which includes land, labor, technical assistance, equipment and facilities.

Questions about the research proposal process or about research opportunities here at IREC should be directed to Rob Wilson, IREC director, or Darrin Culp, IREC superintendent at (530) 667-5117.

Proposals may be submitted into the REC Manage System via the IREC website at IREC Proposal Submission beginning Feb. 8, 2022. Proposals are due no later than March 14, 2022.

Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 4:56 PM

Climate and health seed grants available

The UC Center for Climate, Health and Equity is announcing an open call for research proposals that address a range of priorities at the intersection of climate change and human health.

The center seeks to harness the expertise and leadership of the health sector to drive ambitious climate action that safeguards health and promotes health equity. The Center leads research, education, and policy activities to generate and scale climate-health solutions. This includes preparing health professionals to provide climate-responsive care; expanding the evidence base on the intersection of climate, health, and equity; building sustainable health systems; working with communities to design, implement, and evaluate new approaches to climate adaptation and mitigation that promote health equity; and supporting strong climate and health policies.

The Climate and Health Seed Grant Program was created to support interdisciplinary research projects across the UC system that advance our understanding of the human health impacts of climate change and the climate solutions that advance health equity. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on climate and health equity.

Selected proposals will receive one-time, non-renewable funding of up to $10,000 for faculty and fellows, and up to $5,000 for students, during the period March 2022 – March 2023.


  • Letter of intent due by Jan. 15, 2022
  • Full proposals invited by Jan. 31, 2022
  • Full proposal submission by Feb. 28, 2022
  • Funded proposals announced by March 15, 2022
  • Project period March 31, 2022 – March 30, 2023
  • Final report due March 30, 2023 

For more information on application and submission requirements, please read the full request for applications here.


Posted on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM

SAREP offers small grants

Cover crop study funded by SAREP last year. Photo by Vivian Wauters

The 2022/23 SAREP Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Small Grants Program is accepting applications until 12 noon PST, Feb. 15, 2022.

SAREP invites proposals for small grants to fund pilot projects and research projects that support California's farmers, ranchers and land stewards and/or rural, urban, and Tribal communities to plan, implement or evaluate sustainable agriculture or food systems strategies.

Program Priority Areas

UC SAREP will fund projects that fall within two priority areas:

1. Support California's farmers, ranchers and land stewards of all scales in identifying, piloting and transitioning to

  • environmentally regenerative approaches to producing crops and livestock (including but not limited to soil health, organic and agroecological practices, integrated pest management, crop diversification);
  • pathways for realizing economic return from ecologically-sound crop management practices and fair labor practices;
  • marketing and distribution strategies that support diversified, decentralized, and locally self-organized supply chains;
  • strategies that promote producer-to-producer networking and producer-to-supply chain networking

2. Support California's rural, urban, and Tribal communities to identify, implement and evaluate strategies to

  • expand access to healthy, sustainably produced, culturally appropriate foods;
  • ensure worker well-being across the food chain;
  • minimize the community and environmental costs of food production and distribution;
  • strengthen connections between consumers and producers;
  • establish and strengthen producer-to-producer connections and producer-to-supply chain connections 

Priority will be given to projects that benefit socially disadvantaged communities and/or socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. We strongly encourage projects that are led by individuals and/or community-based organizations from these groups.

We are interested in projects that build the capacity of farming and food systems businesses and organizations to become reflective, adaptive learning organizations that can respond effectively to ecological, economic, and social change and disruption.

Proposal categories

Proposals are requested for three types of projects:

  • Planning Grants
  • Education and Outreach Grants
  • Applied Research Grants

Information about each category and examples of previously funded projects, can be found at  

Who can apply

Eligible applicants include farm or food system businesses operating in California, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations operating in California, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, and California public and private institutions of higher education.

Applicants must demonstrate meaningful collaboration and involvement of stakeholders in the design and execution of the project. Priority is also given to projects that foster cross-collaborations between multiple types of applicants, contributing to a unified approach in addressing core areas of concern.

For more information and requirements, please visit the SAREP Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Small Grants Program webpage or contact Rachael Callahan at


Posted on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 3:48 PM

Lindcove REC calls for research proposals

Lindcove Research & Extension Center (LREC), located in the foothills of Tulare County, has land, labor and facilities available for 2021-22 research projects. The Research Advisory Committee reviews proposals and projects are evaluated based on scientific merit and regional need. While LREC is primarily a citrus research center, avocado, walnut and olive trees are also grown there and other crops are welcome. 

Field 81E has .45 acres of open ground available for planting.

Citrus orchards available for research:

  • Cutter Valencia on C35 rootstock (Field 21), 4.10 acres, planted 1992
  • Washington Navel on Troyer rootstock (Field 93), 4.5 acres, planted 1983
  • Valencia strains on mixed rootstock (Field 11S), 2.5 acres, planted 1993
  • Mixed Clementines on Carrizo rootstock (Field 73N), 1.72 acres, planted 2004
  • Lemons on unknown rootstock (Field 82E), 1.15 acres

Facilities and support staff

The electronic fruit grading system in the packline provides individual fruit data including weight, size, volume, number, scarring, texture, Brix and color. The packline also has a high-pressure fruit washer, waxer and dryer. Three cold storage rooms that hold 60 fruit bins each, walk-in cold boxes, and de-greening rooms have the capability for ethylene gassing. 

The Fruit Quality Evaluation Laboratory is capable of evaluating rind thickness, granulation, texture, puff and crease, juice weights, Brix, sugar/acid ratio and the California standard. A staff research associate located at the center is available to provide field and laboratory data collection.

Proposal process

Proposals are due May 28, 2021. To submit a proposal, go to the UC LREC website, click on the “research” tab, then the “submitting a proposal” tab, then the “proposal management” tab. Detailed instructions of how to submit a proposal can be downloaded using the “User Guide” link on the RAC project management page. 

If you have any questions regarding research, contact Ashraf El-Kereamy, director, at (559) 592-2408 Ext 1154 or

If you have any questions regarding land, labor or facilities, contact Kurt Schmidt, superintendent at (559) 592-2408 Ext 1153 or

For information on submission of proposals, contact Jasmin Del Toro, business officer, at (559) 592-2408 Ext 1151 or

Posted on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Sierra Foothill REC seeks proposals

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, as well as related agricultural and natural resource themes important to California.

Basic resources and facilities to support research include 5,000 acres of northern Sierra foothill oak woodland–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 is available to support animal production, animal health and grazing research. SFREC maintains a dry lab for sample processing, a dormitory as well as large and small conference rooms.

The Center's Research Advisory Committee will evaluate proposed research for scientific merit and regional need. Approved projects will be eligible for center-provided support, which includes land, labor, technical assistance, equipment and facilities.

Proposals may be submitted through the REC Manage System via the SFREC website at

For further information regarding research opportunities, contact Dustin Flavell, SFREC interim director at (530) 639-8803 or, or visit


Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:16 PM

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