The New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association is requesting proposals for 2015 corn research and education. Proposals must be received no later than 4 pm on February 28, 2015 at:
PO Box 605
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 or
Emailed proposals formatted as a PDF are encouraged and should be sent to Julia Robbins, Julia@nycornsoy.com.
Funding decisions are expected to be made on or around March 30, 2015. Typical awards are expected to be $10,000 per project or less. NYCGSA reserves the right to negotiate award/contract funding with successful applicants.
The available funds for 2015 research and education projects will be awarded with funds from New York state. There is a limited amount of funding available, so this process will be competitive. In addition, funds will be awarded on a reimbursement basis. Grantees should be prepared for a lag time in receiving reimbursement, as the funding must first come from the state.
Eligible researchers/ investigators may include scientists from colleges and universities or agri-businesses, cooperative extension agents, independent consultants and farmers. Collaboration between academic institutions, businesses and farmers is encouraged.
Please use the following format for your proposal:
1. Project title
2. Investigator(s) name, contact information, and affiliation (contact information should include, phone, address, email).
3. Specific research or education objectives
4. Brief discussion of the expected benefits of the research or education to soybean producers.
5. Identify the goal(s) of the project, and list the “key performance indicators” that will be used to measure the success of the project. *
6. Concise description of the experimental or educational approach with procedures to be used, and explanation of how the proposed research or education relates to any past research or showing that no previous research has been done (reference key research publications as appropriate).
7. Detailed line-item budget including any other sources (current or pending) of funding for this same research. Attach supporting data for any proposed expenditures in excess of $10,000. Principal investigator or educator salary and non-expendable equipment are not eligible for funding. NYCSGA will not pay overhead and direct costs.
8. Brief description of investigator or educator qualifications for the proposed research.
9. Signature of authorized representative & date.
*A set of quantifiable measures used to gauge or compare performance in terms of meeting strategic and operational goals.
Note: If on farm field trials or other farmer engagement is part of the research proposal, then please include letters of collaboration from participating farmers.
While NYCSGA will consider multi-year proposals, funding awards/ contracts will only be made for one year at a time given that the Board’s source of funds depends on renewed funding from the state. This also allows the Board to consider the effectiveness of any previous research or education expenditures on the proposed or similar research projects and of the researcher on this or other projects.
The following is a summary of New York’s highest priority corn-related research needs. We encourage you to consider this list as guidance when submitting your proposals. All proposals must clearly show the benefits for corn farmers.
2015 New York State Corn Research & Education Priorities:
- Plant population/nitrogen rate interaction
- Pop-up and 2×2 effects on test weight/yield/forage quality
- Adapt-N model with variable rate
- Late season fungicide application with corn silage
- Population in corn silage
- Stabilized vs Unstabilized Anhydrous and Rates
- Stabilized vs Un-stabilized Anhydrous Ammonia Placement Trial
- Planting depth
*These are NYCSGA’s top priorities in 2015. NYCSGA has developed descriptions for these projects. Researchers interested in pursuing these projects should consult the project description developed by and available through NYCSGA and submit a proposal in full, as described on page 1.
Remember – this is not an exclusive list. If you have an idea for a project that is not listed here but has the potential to benefit New York corn farmers, you are invited to enter a full proposal.
New in 2015: Applicants will be required to present their proposal for funding to the NYCSGA Research Committee on March 25 at Monroe Tractor in Henrietta, NY. Applicants should prepare a 10-15 minute presentation. More information TBD.
NYCSGA will require that researchers or educators who are successful in receiving NYCSGA funding for their work will acknowledge NYCSGA support in any publication reporting findings of the NYCSGA sponsored research. Projects awarded funding by NYCSGA must demonstrate a direct benefit to corn farmers. In addition, NYCSGA requires electronic copies of the final research reports, any publications of the findings, and a research abstract, all of which NYCSGA may use in describing the project and its findings in any NYCSGA publication or the website.
For more information, please call Julia Robbins, NYCSGA Executive Director at 315-583-5296, email Julia@nycornsoy.com.