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Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants Crieria

Funds for NGOs
Last date 8th Feb 2016

Activities: Agriculture,Others


The following criteria will be used to evaluate research proposals:

  • Presents clear objectives demonstrating that the project will foster the improvement and/or widespread adoption of organic farming practices, and specifies measurable outcomes that will indicate successful achievement of the objectives.
  • Addresses a high priority organic farming issue, including production, social, or economic problems, and takes a holistic rather than an input-substitution approach to solving production problems.
  •  Demonstrates meaningful farmer involvement in identifying the problem addressed by the project and in carrying out the project; provides compensation for farmer participation as appropriate.
  • Is designed with clear goals and objectives to provide information, tools, and/or methods that will be relevant, useful, and accessible to farmers.
  • Documents uniqueness of project with a thorough literature review.
  • Uses a scientifically sound methodology appropriate to meeting project objectives.
  • Presents a strong education and outreach plan describing how the results will be disseminated to the farming community and potential impacts.
  • Proposal is well-written and clear; follows the requirements in the Request for Proposals including page limits and font size; demonstrates the conceptual adequacy of the project, and presents a realistic timeline for each of the project's activities.
  • Describes the qualifications and skills of the applicants and all cooperators demonstrating that they are qualified to ensure the success of the project.
  • Presents a well-justified and detailed budget appropriate to carrying out the project's objectives, showing any matching funds applied for or already secured.
 
IF YOUR PROJECT IS FUNDED

OFRF requires that successful applicants sign a grant contract before initial payment of the grant award. OFRF will retain 10 percent of the total grant award until completion of the project, timely submission of a final report by the grantee, and a satisfactory evaluation of the project by OFRF. Evaluation involves analyzing whether or not the original project objectives were met, not the success or failure of a project. Annual reports are due on the anniversary of the project start date, and a final report is required within three months of project completion.

Suggested references:

OFRF's previously-funded projects. This will give the applicant a sense of the type of projects the Board has an interest in funding and help avoid duplicating previously funded work.

OFRF's Guide to Conducting On-farm Research, which may be useful in determining project objectives and experimental design.

OFRF's Guide to Conducting a Literature Review

If you have additional questions, you may contact the OFRF Research Grants Division by phone at 831.426.6606 or e-mail grants@ofrf.org.
 
 

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