Guidelines

  • Proposed research projects must align with one of four themes: Soil Health, Nutrient Management, Seed Health, or Other;
  • Collaboration is required with other county/district/regions on applied research projects for up to three years;
  • All projects must have full written proposals submitted to the provincial OSCIA office by February 28, 2018 to be considered. Any additional intake dates will be decided by the Executive Committee pending available funding;
  • 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:
  1. 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/or biosolids application as it relates to soil management;
    • Manure and municipal bio-products such as green bin materials and biosolids.
  2. Partnering with industry, government, research institutions, Certified Crop Advisors, or other local or regional associations;
  3. Cost-share level requested;
  4. Cash and in-kind contributions contributed by the applicant and from other sources;
  5. Broad applicability and benefit to Ontario agriculture;
  6. Demonstrated innovation;
  7. Reach and effectiveness of planned communication strategy;
  8. Provision of letters of support;
  9. Other supporting documented plan that will promote sustainable farming practices
  • In-depth investigations are expected with detailed annual and final reports. To be considered for funding, projects must be multi-county/district, multi-region or fully provincial in scale;
  • Claims will be paid on an on-going basis throughout the three-year period with required reporting, invoicing, and proof of payment. The grant claim must include a listing of expenditures including copies of each invoice with proof of payment. Acceptable proof of payment includes: the invoice marked “paid” with full signature of the supplier, copies of cancelled cheques, or a copy of bank statement(s) showing the cheques have cleared.
  • At the request of successful participants, up to 50% of the approved annual grant may be advanced;
  • Collaboration with OMAFRA crop technology specialists is strongly recommended. Specialists will be encouraged to assist with developing ideas, ensuring compliance to accepted protocols, and fostering collaborations;
  • Any promotional and reporting documents must include the following statement “This project was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs”;
  • In-depth presentations on the projects will be required annually at the OSCIA Annual Conference; and stories may be prepared and featured in regional newsletters, Country Guide magazine, and other farm publications upon request.

Eligible items include:

  • Machinery, attachments to existing machinery, and/or adaptive parts to modify existing equipment for field scale demonstrations;
  • Lease or partial purchase of new technologies and a documented plan on how the leased/purchased item is to be disposed of/used at the end of the project;
  • Labor that is over and above normal farm practices;
  • Inputs and services that are over and above normal farm practices;
  • 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;
  • Funding to support on-going or existing events.

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