Tier Two Guidelines


Tier Two Grant

The Tier Two Grant is to support large-scale multiple-year OSCIA projects across four major focus areas: Soil Health, Nutrient Management, Seed Health, or “other” that responds to major current issues.




  1. OTTAWA-CARLETON – Environmentally Sustainable Utilization of Nitrogen on Corn
  2. COCHRANE-TEMISKAMING – Rapid Development of Farmland from Boreal Forest and an Evaluation Relative to Traditional Clearing Methods
  3. ST. CLAIR – Advancing Cover Crop Systems in Ontario – Focus on Soil Nutrients (N+P), Soil Health, Insect and Nematodes
  4. THAMES VALLEY – Roots Not Iron

Results will be continually posted here and reported on at the Annual General Meetings.

Soil Health

Seed Health

Nutrient Management



Tier Two Grant Application

Tier Two Grant Application. Unavailable until further funding allocated.

  • Proposed research projects must align with one of four themes: Soil Health, Nutrient Management, Seed Health, or Other;
  • Collaboration with other OSCIA county/district/regions on applied research projects for up to three years is required;
  • A competitive, merit-based process for project approval will be employed with up to $30,000 available per project per year. Projects that do not receive approval will not receive funding;
  • All projects must have full written proposals submitted to the provincial OSCIA office by March 31, 2015 to be considered. Any additional intake dates will be decided by the Executive Committee pending available funding;
  • Up to $70,000 per year may be available to support all Tier Two projects across the province;
  • A merit-based process developed by OSCIA will isolate the highest value projects from all proposals submitted by the intake deadline date. Scores will be earned on the success of the proposed project in:
    • Meeting OSCIA research priorities;
    • Soil health and biological interactions with soil;
    • Residue and tillage management for crop production and soil erosion prevention;
    • Economics and agronomics of emerging crop treatments and new crop development, especially related to adaptation of climate change;
    • Bio-economy impacts, such as from biomass production, residue management and biosolids application as it relates to soil management;
    • Manure and municipal bio-products such as green bin materials and biosolids.
    • Partnering with industry, government, research institutions, CCA, or other local or regional associations;
    • Cost-share level requested;
    • Cash and in-kind contributions contributed by the applicant and from other sources;

      Tier Two Annual Report Form. Click to download.

      Tier Two Annual Report Form.                    Click to download and save to computer. PDF Fillable only works when using Adobe reader.

    • Broad applicability and benefit to Ontario agriculture;
    • Demonstrated innovation
    • Reach and effectiveness of planned communication strategy;
    • Provision of letters of support;
    • The maximum score to be awarded to any individual question on the application will not be revealed prior to submission of the proposal;
    • In-depth investigations are expected with detailed annual and final reports. Projects may be multi-county/district, multi-region or full provincial in scale;
    • Intake for proposals to be received will close March 31, 2015;
    • Claims will be paid on an on-going basis with required reporting (using provided online templates), invoicing and proof of payment;
    • Collaboration with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs crop technology specialists recommended. Specialists will be encouraged to assist with developing ideas, ensuring compliance to accepted protocols, and fostering collaborations;
    • In-depth presentations on the projects will be required annually at the OSCIA Annual Meeting;
    • Eligible items include: machinery – attachments to existing machinery and/or adaptive parts to modify existing equipment for field scale demonstrations, or lease or partial purchase of new technologies (e.g. GPS) and a documented plan on how the leased/purchased item is to be disposed of/used at the end of the project; labour – over and above normal farm practice; inputs and services – over and above normal farm practices; and compensation for loss of yield;
    • Items not eligible include: routine projects such as tile drainage, reforestation, land clearing, weed trials, crop variety trials, maintenance of equipment, donations to other organizations, or funding to support on-going or existing events



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