NREC GRANT PROGRAM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Background

The purpose of the South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) grant program is to solicit and publish research of science based nutrient management practices specific to South Dakota to enable producers to effectively manage their resources.  

Individual awards are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by, the NREC and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated either directly or by reference to the following.  The principal investigator is responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions included in the following document:  SD NREC Grant Program Terms and Conditions
 

2020 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Cycle

The funding cycle for projects begins July 1 of each year.  Proposals should be prepared on an annual basis (July 1-June 30) and will be provided an automatic 6 month extension through December to allow for fall field work (no additional funding).  Multi-year proposals are permitted, but will be reviewed and approved on an annual basis.

2019 Timeframe:

  • June 15:  NREC request for pre-proposals:  Researchers are to submit 2-page proposals no later than August 16, 2019.

  • September:  NREC will select projects for full proposals by September 13, 2019

  • October:  Full proposals due no later than October 18, 2019

  • December:  NREC evaluation of full proposals (the council may ask for presentations as they see fit), and selection of  final awards with investigators notified by mid-December 2019.

Topics of Interest

The following topics are provided as examples.  Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals on these or any other nutrient research area.

  • Research and update NPK fertilizer recommendations in:

    • No-till crop production systems for corn, soybeans and small grains

    • Reduced or conventional tillage crop production systems for corn, soybeans and small grains

  • Research the need for micronutrients and sulfur for corn, soybeans and small grains.

  • Research the use of nitrogen stabilizers for corn and small grains in no-till and reduced tillage crop production situations
  • ​Research and update the various fertilizer application placement techniques for:

    • Phosphorus and compare the effectiveness of each placement on crop response for corn,  soybeans and small grains​​

    • Nitrogen and compare the effectiveness of each placement on crop response for corn and small grains

  • Research the effect of soil type and tile drainage on water quality​

Pre-Proposal 

Preposals should be no longer than two pages, and be in a pdf format, with the following information:

Title:  Convey the focus of the project, as well as the potential location(s)

PI and Collaborators Include names and affiliations; and the contact information for the PI including the email address and mobile phone number.

Summary Include justification, objectives, planned deliverables, impacts, and proposed budget.  Please use non-technical language.

Goals and Objectives:  Indicate the overall goal and specific objectives.

Justification Statement:  Please indicate why this research is needed, as well as the new advances and information expected to be contributed by the project.  Also describe the anticipated economic and environmental benefits to producers and the public.

Work Plan:  Summarize the methods to be applied to achieve the objectives of the project, and include a description of plans to communicate the results to stakeholders and the public.

Timeline:  Describe the timetable for the project.

Project Budget:  Provide estimates for the annual budget as well as the total budget if the project spans more than one year.  The budget does not need to be detailed in the pre-proposal.

Submission

For those at SDSU, submit via InfoReady after logging-in with your regular SDSU credentials. For those off campus, go to https://sdstate.infoready4.com/#. Register into the site using the box on the left hand side that is designated “log in for other users.”  


Under “Funding Competitions” near the bottom of the page, you will see a blue link on the left hand side with the Title “South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council 2020 Call for Preproposal” – click on that.  


If you have not used InfoReady already:
You must log in, click on your name (in red - in the upper right hand side) & set up your User Profile.  


Those who are invited to submit a full proposal will receive submission details at that time.

Questions/Comments

For pre-proposal details click here https://sdstate.infoready4.com/#.  For questions or comments, contact the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU, (605) 688-4149 or sdsu.agexperimentstation@sdstate.edu