Resources for Researchers

eFields Tools for On-Farm Research

eFields is Ohio State Extension's on-farm research program. Resources are available to growers, county educators, or others with an interest in designing and performing on-farm research trials. Learn more or read past trial reports at

Ohio State Research Facilities

Organic Research Facilities at Ohio State
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
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. 

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)
Up $20,000,000

Organic Transitions (ORG)
Up to $500,000

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
Up to $20,000
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
$5,000 - $50,000

Sustainability Grants

These regional grants welcome organic topics.

North Central S.A.R.E.
A variety of grants are available, including Graduate Student, Farmer Rancher, Research and Education, Professional Development Program, Youth Educator, and Partnership grants. Please check the above website for accurate deadlines and more details. 

Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture
Administered by Ohio State’s Agroecostystem Management Program.
Must include on-farm research and involve at least one Ohio State research staff member.

Integrated Pest Management Center Grants
The North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center funds working group grants and critical issues grants to address information, resource, and research needs of regional importance.

National Sustainability Grants

AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Applications to the 2021 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program must focus on systems approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agricultural system within the context of the longterm goal of increasing American agricultural production by 40% with a reduction in environmental footprint by 50% by 2050.