Commodity Group RFPs

Request for Proposals (RFPs) from Commodity Groups

Please note: Commodity group RFPs are listed in alphabetical order by commodity group, not by due date.

Some descriptions may only be summaries. Contact the sponsor or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch for complete details. Visit the office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for other proposal and funding notices. The Grants.gov website offers one-stop shopping for information on applying for all federal grants.

Updated: 01/26/2017

 

Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan Corn Growers Association

The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) is announcing the call for research proposals for 2017.  The CMPM has a strategic plan outlining the focus for increasing economic viability of corn production in Michigan through innovative research and market development. 

Proposals are due Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.

In the interest of moving the entire industry ahead, the CMPM has worked with the Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to define the needs of the Michigan corn industry.  By working together and leveraging the talents of the two boards, both organizations flourish.

The purpose of the CMPM is to enhance the economic position of Michigan corn growers by providing for the growth and expansion of the corn industry in Michigan through foreign and domestic market development, efficient production, promotion, and research that will stimulate the demand for corn.

STRATEGIC PLAN AREAS OF INTEREST and PROPOSAL FOCUS

The corn growers of Michigan are interested in funding research and demonstration initiatives that reflect the interests of the corn industry and will return significant value to corn farmers who fund those efforts.   Regardless if projects reflect long term research or near term demonstration projects, scientific methods and appropriate data management should be planned and employed for the best end results. Projects that include partners that create multi-disciplinary interactions, leading to outcomes that reflect future farming systems are encouraged.  

Projects are sought that meet one or more of the following priorities: 

The Board is supportive of receiving proposals on a wide variety of topics. Some issues may be addressed through basic or applied research, but some may require the development of a business and marketing plan. All components necessary for success of the proposed project should be included. 

Researchers should ensure their project is a new idea that has not been previously done at another universities or research organizations and or why additional research is necessary in Michigan.

Additionally, if previous work on the project has been funded by other sources, a clear distinction needs to be shown between previously funded work and that proposed to the CMPM. If research is currently being funded by other sources, or is being sought by other sources, these sources must be disclosed.

Proposals submitted by Michigan State University or MSU Extension persons:

MSU requires a transmittal for each proposal. Researchers should submit their proposals electronically, through the MSU e-transmittal system, due 5 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 24, 2015.

For questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 517-355-0123. They will forward all MSU projects to the Corn Office.

The complete RFP, including guidelines, cover page, budget form and timeline.

Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association

The Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association would like you to consider submitting research or extension proposals on any issue relevant to the floriculture industry. Proposals can be on any aspect of production, marketing, economics, or related issues that will benefit greenhouse growers in Michigan.

MSU Researchers can submit a one to two page proposal and budget through the MSU e-transmittal system. A transmittal is required for each proposal. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

All successful recipients are expected to give a brief project summary report at the December 2017 Great Lakes Expo “MSU Research Update” in Grand Rapids.

We look forward to receiving proposals from as many of you as possible. Decisions on funding will be made by our board in early January 2017.

Direct specific questions to Dick Brainer, president, Metropolitan Flower Growers Association, at (248) 349-9070. Download the call for proposals.

Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture

The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA), a partnership between the Michigan animal agriculture industries, Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension announces a request for proposals (RFP) for funding of research and extension projects.  Please see the attached RFP for further information on policies and procedures for proposal submission.  Industry priorities for research/extension activities are included with the RFP. Proposals must be submitted through the eTransmittal system by 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2016 https://www.cga.msu.edu.

For questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 517-355-0123.

Download the 2016 Request for Proposals & Industry Priorities, and Cover Page/Budget

Michigan Apple Committee

The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) announces a call for research proposals !

MAC has an industry mission to improve the profitability of apple growing through improving production information and techniques; developing new markets and new products; and identifying consumer trends and facts. MAC wishes to support innovative research that helps achieve this mission.

In keeping with the spirit of the MAC’s mission, the Michigan Apple Research Subcommittee (MARS) established the following as its charter in early 2009:

To help the Michigan Apple Committee realize its mission by enhancing the reputation of Michigan Apples, improve their share of sales in target markets and aid the profitability and sustainability of Michigan’s apple industry.

STRATEGIC RESEARCH PRIORITIES

MARS evaluates and recommends research projects for final approval by MAC. Following are

the 2016/17 priorities of the MAC/MARS. (In priority order.) See the attached document for further details on each priority.

  • Increase demand
  • Improve quality and consistency
  • Improve production efficiency
  • Food safety

To access the complete goals and strategies of the Michigan Apple Committee’s grower funded research, please go to www.MichiganApples.com/Research.

Note: Researchers should ensure their project is a new idea that has not been previously done at another university or research organization.

MSU researchers should submit proposals electronically to Michigan State University AgBioResearch, by emailing to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by close of business on January 5, 2017. MSU e-transmittals need to be submitted for this proposal.

The attached cover sheet and budget form must be used when submitting your proposals.  All proposals must contain a budget narrative on every line item in the budget. No exceptions will be allowed. Any proposals with no budget narrative will be denied review.

 

Michigan Cherry Committee

The Michigan Cherry Committee (MCC) is requesting research proposals for FY2017. The request for proposals is being coordinated by MSU AgBioResearch. Research priorities for the MCC can be found below. However, proposals on any important topic will be accepted.

Proposal should be no greater than three (3) pages in length, and they need to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017. If you were granted funds last year and wish to continue the project, you must reapply for FY’14 funding.

  • Researchers should submit their proposals electronically, through the MSU  e-transmittal system
  • A NEW e-transmittal is required for each proposal being submitted, including continuing projects
  • New for FY17:  There is a new line item on the budget sheet for plot fees.  Please provide an estimate for reimbursement from the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.  This number is required if applicable and should not be included in the requested budget.

Funding decisions will be communicated in early March.  If you have any questions please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at (517) 355-0123.

 

Download the complete MCC request for proposals, including cover sheet, budget form and research priorities.

 

Research priorities are set by the commodity groups; however, proposals on any important topic will be accepted.

Current and Future Plant Protection Issues

    • IPM Strategies for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). 
    • Disease protection (alternatives for increasingly difficult disease resistance to SI’s and SDI’s including leaf spot, brown rot and mildew).
    • Insect protection (Plum Curculio, Cherry Fruit Fly, Mites & OBLR) via chemical and IPM efforts, basic biology & genetics.
    • MRL issues that impact the export markets.
    • Ground cover and weed management.
    • Breeding program (leaf spot, Armillaria, etc.).
    • Orchard replant issues.

Current and Future Cherry Marketing Issues

    • New and expanded uses of cherries – both sweet and tart cherries.
    • Varieties and/or production practices to discover or improve marketable traits, i.e., firmer texture, nutraceutical content, larger size, fresh market, sugar/acid balance, color etc. (high density plantings)
    • Production development (IPM / Sustainability).
    • Market research.
    • Pits and ways to reduce them in finished product.
    • Production trends world-wide.

Other Current Production Issues

    • Computerized weather station networks including new locations and new models.
    • Fruit set, growth regulators.
    • High density production & harvest management.
    • Bacterial Canker.
    • Orchard nutrient management, rootstock, photosynthesis with regard to soft fruit.
    • Irrigation efficiency.
    • Frost protection/delayed bloom.
    • Wild life management issues in tree fruit.

 

Michigan Christmas Tree Association

The Michigan Christmas Tree Association (MCTA) is making its request for proposals for 2017.

The MCTA’s research priority areas are:

  • Reducing/eliminating cone production
  • Weed Management
  • Improved Genetics
  • Pest Management
  • Nutrient Management
  • Culture
  • Alternative production systems (agro-forestry)

For a more detailed list of these priorities, please see this document.

The proposal should be no more than three pages long and should also include a cover sheet and budget sheet, which are available for download below.

Proposals should be submitted using the MSU e-transmittal system, attaching all required documents, by 5 p.m. on January 20, 2107 A transmittal is required for each proposal. Please use “Mich Christmas Tree Assn” as the sponsor on the transmittal. This helps with other reporting items.

The Michigan Christmas Tree Association Research Committee will review proposals in late December. Funding decisions will be announced in early 2017.

Questions should be directed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch at 517-355-0123 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), MCTA executive director, at 517-545-9971.

Download a copy of the complete MCTA request for proposals, including the request for proposal letter and budget sheet.

 

Michigan Crop Improvement Association

The Michigan Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) will accept research proposals that address their research priorities until November 25, 2015.  Approximately $30,000 dollars will be available to further research that leads to improved profitability for the Michigan public seed industry.  The MCIA Board of Directors at their December meeting will determine awards.  A detailed list of research priorities for each targeted field crop is attached.  Research awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

 All proposals must follow the specified format and be a maximum of two pages in length excluding the budget attachment (12 point font with a minimum of 1” margins). They need to be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

  • Non-MSU researchers should provide an electronic copy of each proposal to Mary Weinzweig at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • MSU researchers should submit their proposals electronically, through the MSU e-transmittal systemAn e-transmittal is required for each proposal.

Questions should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 517-355-0123 or Randy Judd at 517-335-7438 at the MCIA.

Download the complete MCIA request for proposals, which includes detailed format specifications, a budget sheet and research priorities.

 

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Horticulture Fund

The Michigan Legislature created the Horticulture Fund through a revision of the Insect Pests and Plant Diseases Act. The fund’s mission is “to provide for research projects, to develop and improve training programs, and to develop outreach materials for the purposes of safeguarding plants and plant products from unwanted plant pests.”

We are requesting research proposals for FY17 for the MDARD Horticulture Fund. The request for proposals will be coordinated by MSU AgBioResearch. Research priorities are set by the commodity groups and can be found on the AgBioResearch website.

Researchers should submit their proposals electronically, through the MSU e-transmittal system. A transmittal is required for each proposal.

Each proposal should be no greater than four (4) pages in length. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Please distribute this request for proposals to all interested MSU staff. Funding decisions will be communicated in early May. If you have any questions, please contact MSU AgBioResearch’s .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 517-355-0123.

Download a copy of the complete Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Horticulture Fund request for proposal, including the cover and budget sheets, reporting requirements and research priorities.

 

Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council RFP

Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council

Due to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by July 29, 2016

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council (MGWIC) is hereby issuing a call for proposals for projects to commence January 1, 2017. Included in the attached information are the Council’s research priorities (for General, Viticulture and Enology, and Marketing related projects), the requested proposal format, budget form, and anticipated reporting requirements for FY16 grant agreements. The Viticulture and Enology Research and Education Committee’s anticipated budget for 2017 awards is $100,000 and priority will be given to continuing projects from FY 16. Proposals related to the Council’s overarching mission or promotion objectives will be directed to the full Council or the Promotion Committee, depending on the subject area.

Potential applicants for these research grants are welcome to contact Sherri Goodreau .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions about the Council’s funding of research projects.

An e-transmittal is required for each proposal being submitted. Researchers should submit their proposals electronically through the MSU e-transmittal system to the AgBioResearch office.

Download a copy of the complete RFP and applicationResearch Priorities 2016

 

Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association

 

Michigan Potato Industry Commission

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) request for proposals is an ongoing activity of the MPIC with the intent of assisting Michigan potato growers with production and storage practices.

Proposals must be signed by the researcher and his/her department chair. A transmittal is required for each proposal. Proposals are due to MSU AgBioResearch by 5 p.m. on December 16,  2016. Researchers should submit their proposals electronically through the MSU e-transmittal system.

Direct questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch at 517-355-0123.

The MPIC Research Committee will meet January 19, 2017. Researchers are asked to combine 2016 season research reporting session and 2017 potato research project presentations into one 30-minute presentation. If you need special time considerations please call 517-253-7370 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Researchers will need approximately 20 copies of their 2016 crop year research reports for the meeting.

Download the RFP document and 2017 Research Priorities.

 

Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee is accepting proposals for research and market development projects that meet the group’s priority areas, including those in the areas of weed management, disease/insect control and the agronomics of soybean production. (Priority areas are detailed in the downloadable document at the end of this RFP.) This proposal process includes both a continuation of FY 16 projects that received a contingent multi-year grant and new projects for FY 17.

A transmittal is required for each proposal. Proposals are due to MSU AgBioResearch by 5 p.m. on December 1, 2016. Researchers should submit their proposals electronically through the MSU e-transmittal system.

Direct questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch at 517-355-0123.

Download the RFP,

 

Michigan State Horticultural Society

The Michigan State Horticultural Society (MSHS) has issued its call for research proposals for FY2017.

The request for proposals will be coordinated by MSU AgBioResearch.

MSHS research priorities can be found on the Project GREEEN website. However, proposals on any important topic will be accepted.

An e-transmittal is required for each proposal being submitted. Researchers should submit their proposals electronically through the MSU e-transmittal system to the AgBioResearch office.

Each proposal should be no longer than three pages. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017. Researchers who were granted funds last year and wish to continue the project must reapply for FY17 funding.

Please direct questions via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch or call 517-355-0123.

Download the complete MSHS cover sheet and budget.

Michigan Sugar Beet Research

The Michigan Sugar Company is offering competitive grant research money for sugar beet research. The amount available will not be determined until harvest is completed.

Funding up to $15,000 per proposal may be granted, but requests may not exceed $20,000 per researcher for multiple and/or shared research projects. Matching funds are encouraged. Last year funding requests exceeded funds available.

At this time we are asking for one page Pre-Proposals to be submitted electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at MSU AgBioResearch by December 19, 2016. Multiple year projects are contingent upon research progress and updates should be submitted when reapplying with 2016 pre-proposals. 

For MSU faculty who are asked to submit a full proposal, do so by submitting the proposal through the MSU e-transmittal system . The transmittal is required with full proposals only and should be submitted to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch.

Michigan Vegetable Council

The Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) is requesting research proposals for FY2016. The request for proposals is being coordinated by MSU AgBioResearch (formerly MAES). Research priorities for the MVC can be found on the Project GREEEN website and are available for download below. However, proposals on any important topic will be accepted.

A maximum of $10,000 is available for projects approved by the MVC. Preference will be given to projects that leverage these funds with other sources of funding (pending or awarded). Funding commitments will be for FY2017 only.

Proposals should be submitted electronically through the MSU transmittal system to the AgBioResearch office. A transmittal is required for each proposal. Each proposal should be no longer than three pages. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on January 2, 2017.

Direct questions via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of MSU AgBioResearch.

Download the MVC Cover Sheet and budget form.

 

Michigan Wheat Program

The Michigan Wheat Program is requesting research proposals. The request for proposals is being coordinated by MSU AgBioResearch. 

Research Priorities:

  • Michigan wheat farmers need answers to both the yield and quality issues they face. Research projects are being sought that will address the many aspects of production that can help optimize yields including rotation, cover crops, nutrients, inputs, pests and disease.
  • Delivering the highest quality product to the market is a key goal of the MWP.  Research programs that will assist growers in delivering high-quality wheat will be considered for support.
  • Marketing of Michigan’s wheat crop is also vital to the growers. Projects analyzing past, current and future markets, their maturity, as well as the flow of wheat to markets and new market opportunities will be considered.
  • Other requests that will further the wheat industry and provide additional options for farmers will be considered. Any project that has a funding match will be viewed favorably, as will collaborative projects with multi-researchers, multi-partners and multi-commodities.
  • In all cases, research that can produce measurable results, as well as leveraging wheat farmer dollars will be viewed most favorably.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Michigan Wheat Program will be transitioning over to an annual RFP request. Tentatively, their goal is to issue their RFP in June with proposal review in August.  Should you require funding outside the cycle, please submit your proposal electronically through the MSU transmittal system to the AgBioResearch office. A transmittal is required for each request.

If you have questions, please contact MSU AgBioResearch at 517-355-0123.

 

Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program and Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, are soliciting proposals for research grants for 2017. Special priority will be given to projects involving the state’s three major processing crops: snap beans, tomatoes and sweet corn. However, proposals involving fresh-market crops and greenhouse vegetable crops also will be accepted. Further, in spring 2016, a survey of Pennsylvania growers was conducted to help determine their research needs.

Researchers should submit a brief, one-paragraph (half-page at most) description of their proposed research projects for review. The pre-proposal also should contain a rough estimate of the amount of funds requested. Pre-proposals must be submitted by November 7, 2016

Submit pre-proposals via e-mail (preferred method –  a receipt will be sent when the pre-proposal is received) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by U.S. mail to:

Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program
c/o William Troxell, Executive Secretary
815 Middle Road
Richfield, PA 17086-9205 
Final proposals will be due January 20, 2017.

Download the complete RFP.

PA Vegetable Grower Research Survey 16.

 

Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center

MSU AgBioResearch has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to conduct research and outreach programs at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) to enhance the profitability of agriculture, with emphasis on horticulture in southwest Michigan.

Research project proposals that address, but not limited to, the following industry-identified priorities are encouraged:

  • Reduce the cost of production while increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of Southwest Michigan agriculture.
  • Increase the effectiveness of fruit and vegetable insect, weed and disease management systems.
  • Increase the effectiveness of management systems for the nursery and landscape industry.
  • Increase the development of superior plant cultivars for the peach and blueberry industries.
  • Improve the effectiveness of vegetable, and nursery stock management systems.
  • Improve the effectiveness of agricultural management systems to maintain the economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural watersheds.
  • Facilitate the commercialization of new crops.

Submit the signed proposal as an electronic Word or pdf file by E-mail  to the address below no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017.   All proposals received will be acknowledged via E-mail to the team leader.

SWMREC Proposals

Attn: Mary Weinzweig
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
AgBioResearch
Michigan State University
109 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

Download the proposal cover sheet and budget document.

 

Western Michigan Greenhouse Association

The Western Michigan Greenhouse Association would like you to consider submitting research or extension proposals on any issue relevant to the floriculture industry.

Proposals can be on any aspect of production, marketing, economics, or related issues that will benefit greenhouse growers in Michigan.

MSU Researchers can submit a one to two page proposal and budget through the MSU e-transmittal system. A transmittal is required for each proposal. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

All successful recipients are expected to give a brief project summary report at the December, 2016 Great Lakes Expo “MSU Research Update” in Grand Rapids.

We look forward to receiving proposals from as many of you as possible. Decisions on funding will be made by our board in mid-December 2016.

Direct specific questions to Scott Stiles, President, Western Michigan Greenhouse Association, at (269) 806-8742.

 

Download the call for proposals letter.

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