Desert Ag Small Grants "Seed Funding" Program Request for Applications (RFA)

The YCEDA Desert Ag Small Grants "Seed Funding" Program is one of several ways that YCEDA supports research and technology development and implementation.  For more information on other opportunities read the “Why work with YCEDA” document and consult with YCEDA staff.

This funding program provides funding to support preliminary research for a future grant program application or proof-of-concept of a new agricultural application for new or existing technology. Each quarter, $10,000 of new funding is available for projects that may run for up to one year. Funds are expected to be made available to applicants by the end of the quarter following proposal application.

Proposal evaluation will begin on the first day of each quarter (Jan., April, July & Oct.). Proposals submitted to by 11:59 pm MST on the last day of each quarter will be evaluated the following quarter (e.g. proposals submitted between Jan. 1st and March 31st will be evaluated in April).

Proposals will be reviewed first by an ad hoc scientific advisory committee followed by a stakeholder review panel. The stakeholder panel will make the funding decisions. YCEDA staff are available to advise on project development and industry collaboration. Please note that YCEDA staff will not make funding recommendations or decisions. Unsuccessful proposals may be resubmitted if reviewer feedback is addressed.

Proposals must be submitted to using the YCEDA “Application for Seed Funding” form.

Project requirements:

  • Only one project per principal investigator will be accepted each quarter.
  • Submission of at least one stakeholder letter of support.
  • A one-page final report will be submitted thirty days after project completion.
  • The project or technology must directly benefit the desert agriculture industry.

Research priorities identified by YCEDA Donors:

  • Food Safety
  • Ag Tech Innovations
  • Irrigation Management
  • Soil Health
  • Pest and Disease Management

For questions and proposal submission contact: