Resources for Researchers

Ohio State Research Facilities

Organic Research Facilities at Ohio State 
researchoperations.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/wooster-ag-facilities/organic-research-land
CFAES has over 80 acres of certified organic land available to conduct organic research in Wooster and other locations throughout the state. 

Tips and Requirement for conducting organic research at Ohio State

Ohio State Grant Development Support Unit
grants.cfaes.ohio-state.edu
The GDSU offers guidance to researchers in planning, managing and submitting well-crafted grant proposals. They can also assist with locating fnding sources and manage Ohio State's internal SEEDS grant program. 

Industry Connections

Most organic research projects require, or can at least benefit from, partnerships with organic farmers. Sometimes researchers already have a group of farmers they would like to work with. If not, many regional organizaitons can provide assistance from farmers to ensure research is relevant and transferrable. 

OEFFA
As a major certifier of organic growers, Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association can assist with research projects. 
Requesting Letters of Support
Requesting Partnership on a Grant Proposal
More about OEFFA

OFRF List of Research Priorities
OFRF periodically surveys organic farmers and publishes their top research needs. Results for the nation and specific regions are published in the National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report. This report helps inform research priorities for USDA-NIFA as well.
Download the 2016 NORA report 

State and regional commodity organizations
Most commodity groups have state and regional organizations that may provide assistance with documenting needs for research and possible contact information for farmers, outreach possibilities (speaking engagements, newsletters, etc) to enhance your project. It is best to involve these groups in your project's early stages. 

Organic Research Funding Sources

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-agriculture-research-and-extension-initiative
Up $20,000,000
Deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Organic Transitions (ORG)
nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org
Up to $500,000
Deadline: February 27, 2020.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
live-ofrf.pantheonsite.io/research/grant-awards/apply-for-funding/
Up to $20,000
Letters of Intent are solicited in the summer. Selected individuals are invited to submit a full grant proposal. These grants should focus on practical research that involves and benefits farmers directly. They are a nice option for graduate students or other emerging researchers.

Organic Valley Farmers Advocating for Funding
organicvalley.coop/why-organic-valley/power-of-we/farmers-advocating-organics/
$5,000 - $50,000
Deadline: February 15, 2020

Sustainability Grants – These regional grants welcome organic topics.

North Central S.A.R.E.
northcentralsare.org/Grants/Timelines
A variety of grants are available.
Graduate Student – April
Farmer Rancher – early December
Research and Education – preproposals in October
Professional Development Program – April
Youth Educator – mid-November
Partnership – late October

Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture
amp.osu.edu/research/funding-opportulnities-warner-grants-sustainable-agriculture
Administered by Ohio State’s Agroecostystem Management Program.
The RFP is typically released in late January with a deadline in early March.
Must include on-farm research.