Research Grant

2018 Grant Information is now available, see How To Apply below.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is inviting research proposals for consideration. Proposals should focus on applied research important to Oregon’s dairy industry.

Approximately $75,000 is available from the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association. The research committee has established the subject matter priorities listed below.

Proposal deadline is 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2017. Late proposals will not be accepted. Awards will be announced in December, 2017. Funding will be available in January, 2018. Proposals should be for the work period January through December, 2018, though multi-year proposals will be considered if necessary for a successful project. Multi-year proposals must be resubmitted to the grant committee annually.

Dairy Research Priorities

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is interested in projects that are related to enhancing profitability and sustainability of dairy operations in Oregon through:

  1. Air quality (e.g. odor; feed storage and management; etc.)
  2. Animal welfare and employee protocols
  3. Water use/irrigation management and technologies
  4. Enhancement of quality and production of forages
  5. Animal disease and health
  6. Improved farm protocols to increase milk quality
  7. Manure management/nitrogen efficiency and management (e.g. odor; composting; etc.)
  8. Pasture management improvements
  9. Improvement in reproductive efficiency
  10. Feed efficiency

Follow the proposal format (Attachment A) and limit your proposal to four (4) pages or less for Attachment A items. Proposals exceeding four pages will automatically be eliminated. Attachments B and C must be included as part of your proposal but are not included in the four page limit. The review panel is composed primarily of dairy producers. Please write your proposal clearly in non-technical language, and cite key references.

How to Apply

Submission Deadline: 5pm on November 9, 2017

Download Application

Submit your proposal online using the steps detailed in the application.

While not required, we would appreciate an email from you indicating that
you have submitted a proposal through the web-form system. In this first year
using these new systems, this is our failsafe. Please send an email to:

Tami Kerr and Charlene Wilkinson
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Agricultural Research Foundation

Proposals awarded funding will be notified by the Agricultural Research Foundation.

Important Note: Progress reports and final reports are mandatory. Progress reports for 2018 funding will be due no later than September 1, 2018. Final reports for 2018 funding are due June 30, 2019. Researchers who do not submit reports as scheduled may not be eligible for funding for the remainder of the fiscal year in which the report is due and possible future fiscal years at the discretion of the ODFA board.

Thank you for your consideration of these requirements to facilitate the work funded by the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association. If you have questions, please contact Tami Kerr at