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The South Coast Research & Extension Center (South Coast REC) is soliciting proposals for new research and extension projects for the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. South Coast REC will continue to accept off-cycle proposals throughout the 2020-2021 year as long as resources are available to meet the needs of the project.

Located on 200 acres in Orange County, South Coast REC research and extension projects and programs focus on a variety of agriculture and natural resource topics including: variety development, crop and landscape pest management, irrigation management, plant disease, rootstock development, and alternative weed control methods in managed systems. As reclaimed water is the main irrigation source provided to the Center by the local water district, researchers can assist in the development of reclaimed water management strategies; an increasingly important resource for the long-term sustainability of agriculture and urban environments. The Center also continues to welcome the submission of research and extension projects addressing broader topics, such as the impacts of climate change on urban and agricultural ecosystems.

The Center provides research projects with skilled farming equipment operators, irrigators, some limited indoor research facilities (ex. plant sample processing lab), and technical and management support. Projects led by UC academics receive funding directly from UC ANR and South Coast REC to reduce the actual cost of research and extension at the Center. Proposals from non-UC organizations will be considered, if resources (space and labor) are available, the full cost rate is charged plus the non-university differential (NUD currently is set at 33.7%).

Full Cost recharge rates and UC ANR funding levels for UC-led research projects for South Coast REC for the            2020-2021 year will be published after approval on the South Coast REC website (http://screc.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal/) this Spring.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Proposals may be submitted into the REC Manage System via the South Coast REC Website (screc.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal) beginning March 1, 2020 and are due no later than April 15, 2020.

The Center’s Research Advisory Committee will evaluate the proposed research and extension for scientific merit, regional appropriateness, ability of South Coast REC to provide the requested service. Researchers will receive by email a letter of acceptance if the project is approved for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Projects not approved will receive a detailed explanation of the reason for denial from the Center Director. 

For help with submitting a proposal: Kat Hicklin, khicklin@ucanr.edu

For questions about the research proposal process/research opportunities at South Coast REC: Darren Haver, Center Director, dlhaver@ucanr.edu or Chris Martinez, Superintendent, cpmartinez@ucanr.edu.