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					                  University of California
              Agriculture & Natural Resources

                         FY 2008-2009
                     ANR Core Issue Grants
                     Request for Proposals
                                  July 23, 2007

                                 Important Dates:

Proposals due…………………….………………………......October 1, 2007
Award Letters...................................................…...January 2008
Funds available……….…………………………....……...…March 2008
 Funds spent by:
   Tier I – 14 month projects…………………..…..….April 30, 2009
   Tier II – 26 month projects…………………….…...April 30, 2010
Interim reports due (Tier II projects only)………..June 1, 2009
Final Reports due:
   14 month projects……….…….………….…………...June 1, 2009
   26 month projects………….……………………….....June 1, 2010
                       UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

                         UC-ANR Core Issue Grants Program
                              Request for Proposals

                     Complete and submit all proposals on line at
                             Deadline: October 1, 2007

The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is
soliciting proposals for the FY 2008-2009 ANR Core Issue Grants. This grants program
is intended to foster collaborative efforts of Agricultural Experiment Station (AES)
faculty, Cooperative Extension (CE) specialists and CE advisors to address ANR high
priority core issues and target opportunities identified below OR a critical emerging
issue that is not reflected in the current Core Issues.

Preference will be given to proposals outlining projects that utilize a multi-disciplinary,
systems approach and a balance of activities and roles across the research-extension
continuum. In addition, extra consideration will be given to proposals that will leverage
funding and /or will contribute to multi state research and extension efforts.

This year Core Issue Grants will be awarded for either:
    Tier I – Projects requesting up to $40,000 for 14 months. Project team must
       include ANR campus-based (AES and/or CE) and county-based CE academics;
    Tier II – Projects requesting up to $80,000 for 26 months. Project team must
       include ANR campus-based AES and county-based CE academics and may
       include CE specialists.

At least 60% of Core Issue Grant (CIG) funds will be awarded to projects proposing
collaboration between AES faculty and CE advisors.

Leadership for CIG proposals can come from ANR centers, statewide programs,
workgroups, or individuals. Principal Investigators (PIs) must hold an academic
appointment in ANR, either campus or county-based. If there are multiple PIs, then at
least one PI must have an ANR appointment.

Funding may be requested for one-time projects, re-direction of existing individual
academic programs, or “seed money” for longer term efforts, in which case, proposals
should include plans for securing continued external funding or institutionalization of the
project’s program component.

All proposals must be submitted by October 1, 2007 in the web-based system systems
at Funding decisions will be communicated in January 2008.

                          UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

Proposal priority areas
Proposed activities/projects should address target opportunities for ANR in the high
priority core issues identified below OR a new emerging issue not in the ANR Core
Issues identified in this Call. The proposal should align with the guiding principles
identified in ANR Core Issues and Target Opportunities, 2005 and the process used to
identify these priorities and the ANR mission and core values.

Proposals for research/outreach projects are solicited in the following core issue and
target opportunity areas listed in alphabetical order by core issue below:

 Core Issue    Significant issue for California…                         Target Opportunities

Air Quality   The negative impacts of air                     Developing and/or evaluating management
              pollutants on humans, plants and                 practices for reducing air quality impacts from
              animals.                                         agriculture.
                                                              Developing and/or evaluating accurate and
                                                               economically-feasible air quality monitoring
Biosecurity   Agriculture in California, including all        Developing risk-based methods of prevention,
              food production, distribution, and               detection, response, and recovery from
              marketing systems, is extremely                  intentional or accidental invasion of pathogens,
              vulnerable to accidental or                      pests, or toxins in the food production systems
              intentional invasions of pathogens,              at the farm level, during transportation,
              pests, and toxins.                               marketing, and processing, and at the retail and
                                                               consumer levels.
                                                              Delivering effective extension education to
                                                               targeted sectors of agriculture on prevention,
                                                               detection, response, and recovery from
                                                               biological invasion of food systems.
Childhood     The number of overweight children               Understanding food choices and their impact on
Obesity       has almost tripled since 1970 in                 childhood obesity.
              California; the development of                  Developing and/or evaluating techniques for
              associated serious, life-long health,            effectively promoting behavior change to reduce
              economic and social problems are                 childhood obesity.
              significantly increasing with this
Food Safety   Ensuring the safety of the food                 Developing and/or evaluating effective pre-
              supply, as food borne illnesses can              harvest and at-harvest production/processing
              result in lost productivity, increased           practices to ensure a safe food supply.
              medical expenses and loss of life.              Developing effective approaches to
                                                               control/destroy food-borne pathogens on-farm.
Invasive      The negative impact of invasive               Improving understanding of the basic biology or
Species       species on agricultural, natural, and          economic impact of invasive species affecting
              urban systems.                                 California.
                                                            Developing and/or evaluating strategies to
                                                             mitigate the impact and/or control the spread of
                                                             invasive species.
Pest          The negative impact of key pest               Developing and/or evaluating sustainable
Management    species on plant and animals                   management strategies for weed species in
              systems in agricultural, natural, and          agricultural, natural and urban environments.
              urban environments.                           Developing and/or evaluating biological and
                                                             cultural management strategies for a variety of
                                                             pest species to contribute to integrated and
                                                             sustainable pest management.

                             UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

Sustainability   Maintaining an economically and           Developing and/or evaluating effective strategies
and Viability    environmentally sustainable system         to ensure the ecological sustainability of California
of Agriculture   for production of food, fiber, and         agriculture that focus on the opportunities and
                 ornamentals.                               challenges associated with:
                                                               o Transition to organic production techniques,
                                                               o New crops and breeds,
                                                               o Biotechnology.
                                                           Developing and/or evaluating effective
                                                            management and marketing systems to ensure
                                                            the economic viability of California agriculture.
Sustainable      The sustainability of ecosystems that     Developing and/or evaluating the effectiveness of
Use of           provide products, recreation and           management practices that promote ecological
Natural          habitat.                                   sustainability.
Resources                                                  Developing and/or evaluating the effects of
                                                            management practices that promote economic
                                                            opportunity in sustainable natural resource
Youth            California youth need support             Developing and evaluating effective practices to
Development      systems and opportunities to be            improve citizenship, leadership, and life skills
                 prepared to provide leadership and         development of California youth.
                 participate effectively in an             Developing and/or evaluating effective practices to
                 increasingly complex society.              improve agricultural, environmental and/or science
                                                            literacy of California youth.
Water            The availability of high quality water    Developing and evaluating management practices
Quality          for all beneficial uses.                   for reducing microbes, pathogens, sediment,
                                                            pesticides and nutrients from irrigated agriculture
                                                            and dairies.
                                                           Developing and evaluating accurate and
                                                            economically-feasible water quality monitoring

Format for proposals
All proposals must be submitted via the web based system at
The system operates best on Internet Explorer on Windows.

         Individual user names and passwords are identified when you log onto the ANR
          Core Issue Grants web site and initiate the proposal submission process.
         Proposal may be drafted using MS Word or other word processing application
          and then“cut and pasted” into the web based system.
         Formatted text including bold, italics, and bullets can be “cut and pasted” into the
          web based system only by using Internet Explorer on Windows systems.
         Proposals should be no more than 10 pages in length (exclusive of CVs,
          literature cited, project team membership list and other attachments).

   Only proposals that meet these criteria will be reviewed.

                                          UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

        Proposal Overview and Abstract:
        Proposals should include the following information:
            Project title
            Abstract of 150 words or less including a summary of project purpose, objectives,
              approach/methodology and expected outcomes. If the proposal is funded, the
              abstract will be published on the ANR web site.
            Core issues and target opportunities that will be addressed in the project. Select
              from the list provided in the web-based system. If your proposal will be
              addressing a new emerging issue not in the ANR Core Issues identified in this
              Call, select “Other” and enter the issue.
            Indication of whether proposal is for
                 o Tier I – Projects requesting up to $40,000 for 14 months. Project team
                     must include ANR campus-based (AES and/or CE) and county-based CE
                     academics; or,
                 o Tier II – Projects requesting up to $80,000 for 26 months. Project team
                     must include ANR campus-based AES and county-based CE academics
                     and may include CE specialists.
            Type of project being proposed:
                 o Research only project.
                 o Educational/outreach only project.
                 o Combination research and educational/outreach project.

        If this project is being proposed by a workgroup or is a continuation of an existing
        workgroup project, list the workgroup name or indicate if no workgroup is involved.

        Project Team: List the names, titles, roles, locations and e-mail addresses of all
        investigators involved in the project below. Include brief description of the specific
        activities/contributions each project team member is expected to provide for this project.
        Attach one-page curriculum vitae for each collaborator, his/her five most relevant
        publications in addition to all UC Delivers stories: (Note: only MS Word attachments
        may be submitted)

Principal Investigator(s): List contact PI first. At least one PI must be UC-ANR academic. Note co-PIs and               % Appointment
major cooperators. Be sure that all PIs and cooperators have reviewed the proposal and will play a significant role in
the project.
PI     Co-PI     Coop-       Name           Title & Role/Function           Campus       E-mail            Telephone     CE    IR   OR
                 erator                     in Project                      or           address           number

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Project Justification and Budget:
 1. Succinct justification for the activity:
       Identify the core issues and target opportunities to be addressed, and the
         specific aspects that the project will focus on OR the emerging issue to be
       Describe the how this project will make significant contributions to
         successfully addressing these core issues and target opportunities or new
         issue. Include brief background information and review of previous and
         current related ANR and other relevant research and extension efforts -
         include URLs or attach a list of literature cited in text to proposal.
           o     If this is a new emerging issue, in addition to the information above,
                 include the justification for the pressing need for work in this area, the
                 impact of the issue on California, and how the project will address the
       Describe the capacity and comparative advantage of the proposed research
         team to address these issues and target opportunities.
 2. Description of the budget:
         a. General statement of need for ANR funding.
         b. Other support available for the project and explanation of relationship to
             current proposal.
         c. Plans for leveraging additional support.
         d. Justification for specific budget items (See budget table).
 3. Budget details for 2008 (and 2009 for Tier II requests) using the format provided.
      Consider the following points in developing budget information and requests:
          The amount of funding for the FY 2008 ANR Core Issue Grants program is
             expected to total $300,000, pending confirmation of ANR’s budget.
             Funding requests of more than $40,000 for Tier I or $80,000 for Tier II
             projects will be closely scrutinized and are unlikely to be approved.
          Funds may not be used to pay for:
                  Publications unless the proposed publication fills an essential
                      statewide need and/or offers a unique approach to the
                      dissemination of information.
                  Maintenance of web-sites.
                  Out-of-state travel or professional society meeting attendance.
                  Outside consultants without clear evidence that the consultant
                      provides the only resource capable of meeting significant needs.
          Because of nature of funds for this grant program, extension of funding will
             not be granted.
          If temporary staff will be employed for this project, identify the title and job
             responsibilities for each position, and indicate where the position will be
             housed and who will supervise the position.

                          UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

                                           Budget Summary

        Expenditure Category                 Tier I: 3/1/08-4/30/09     Justification
    (Include descriptions as appropriate     Tier II: 3/1/08-4/30/10
                  below.)                    TOTAL $ REQUESTED
  Staff Salaries

  Staff Benefits (Calculate cost of
  benefits for each salaried position
  qualifying for benefits. Check with unit
  CAO if you have questions.)
  Supplies & Expenses (List items
  needed and costs – justify at least 75%
  of the proposed items and indicate
  Travel (Estimate number of trips, cost
  of each and indicate purpose.)
  Equipment (List specific items, cost
  and justification for each item.)
  GRAND TOTAL (Totals are                    $
  automatically calculated in web-based

Project Goals and Outcomes:
   1. Overall purpose, goals and specific objectives proposed for the project (Number
      objectives and limit them to one sentence each).
   2. Potential benefits/impacts and ultimate outcomes of the proposed project,
      including how the project serves the “public good” and how the project will help
      build ANR’s capacity in critical program component(s) area.

Project Action Plan and Methodology:
   1. Approach to the project, methods to be used and time line (1-2 pages is
   2. Nature and extent of collaboration, including listing of ANR and non-ANR
      collaborators and specific roles. Include outline of proposed activities to facilitate
      meaningful interaction among project collaborators, e.g. face-to-face meetings,
      conference calls, list-serves, etc.
   3. Evaluation plan including description of the process to determine that the
      expected outcomes and impacts have been achieved. Describe the information
      to be collected, when, how and from what sources.

Project Results Dissemination Plan:
Description of how and where the results of the proposed project will be archived and
disseminated to a broader audience, and identification of key constituencies that will be
targeted for special outreach efforts.

Selected attachments may be uploaded to supplement proposals, including:
     Curriculum vitae (CV) for all project team members..

                       UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

       Annotated bibliography of literature cited in the proposal.
       Limited additional materials that you believe the peer review panels or ANR
        Program Council members will find critical in their review of the proposal.

The submission system can only accommodate MS Word files, MS Excel spreadsheets,
PowerPoint files, Adobe files and images in JPEG format.

Evaluation process and criteria
Ad hoc peer review panels are appointed by the four Program Leaders in their
respective program areas. These panels will evaluate the scientific merit of each
proposal using the following criteria. When review panel expertise is insufficient for
adequate review, comments from other UC or external reviewers may be solicited.

   1. Demonstrated understanding of the core issues and target opportunities, and the
      probability of making significant contributions to the body and application of
      knowledge in the overall solution of the issue.
   2. Research, extension outreach and evaluation components which reflect a
      “research-based outreach and outreach-informed research” paradigm.
   3. Identification of a collaborative research team spanning the ANR
      research/extension continuum with the capacity to deliver high-quality research-
      extension products.
   4. Soundness of methodology.
   5. Evidence of ability to leverage external funds and/or a reasonable plan for
      institutionalizing recommended changes.

After the peer review panels have reviewed the proposals, the UC-ANR Program
Council will review and rank them for funding based on:

   1. Panel assessments of scientific merit.
   2. Potential impacts on solution of the identified ANR core issues and/or ANR
      capacity building in critical program areas.
   3. Extent to which project will employ a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, or systems
      approach to engage and stimulate interactions between and among the
      agricultural, human and natural resources professionals and cooperators in ANR.
      Special consideration will also be given to proposals indicate potential for
      leveraging funds and/or will contribute to multi state extension or research efforts.
         o (Note: At least 60% of the funds will be awarded to projects that involve
             significant collaboration between campus-based AES scientists and
             county-based CE advisors.)

Final award decisions will be made by the Associate Vice President – ANR

Awards, reports and inquiries

Awards are expected to be made by the Associate Vice President in award letters in
January 2008 with funds available on March 1, 2008. All funds must be expended no

                        UC ANR Core Issues Grant Call, FY 2008-2009

later than April 30, 2009 for Tier I - 14 month projects or April 30, 2010 for Tier II – 26
month projects.

Interim reports will be required only for Tier II – 26 month projects. Interim reports of up
to two-pages in length must be submitted by June 1, 2009 on-line and include a simple
statement of progress to date and estimate of funds expended before the second year
of funding will be released.

Final reports are required upon completion of all projects (due June 1, 2009 for Tier I –
14 month projects, and June 1, 2010 for Tier II – 26 month projects). Final reports up to
three-pages in length should be submitted in the UC Delivers format and include:

   a) Headline: A brief (no more than 10 words), vivid statement that captures
      attention and gives a sense of what the project is/was all about.
   b) Project Summary: Abstract of 100 words or less.
   c) The Issue - “Who Cares and Why?”
          o Give relevant background information about the specific issue, problem or
             situation that was addressed by this research/extension project.
          o Describe how the issue has affected the local environmental, social and
             economic community. Describe the effect of the project on stakeholders.
   d) What has ANR Done?
          o Describe the inputs to the project, i.e., what did ANR invest in terms of
             staff, volunteers, time, money, materials, equipment, technology and
          o Outline the general approach or methodology that was created to address
             this issue using straightforward, non-technical terms. Identify the major
             components/steps/overall time frame.
          o Identify and describe the demographics of clientele that were engaged
             and/or served by project.
          o Describe how individual elements of the AES/CE research & extension
             continuum contributed to addressing the issue specifying roles of each
             participating AES scientist, CE specialist and/or CE advisor. Identify non-
             ANR sources of additional financial or in-kind support.
          o Outputs: Describe what was done in terms of specific educational and
             research activities such as courses, lectures, workshops, conferences,
             counseling, facilitation, assessments, product/technology development,
             media work, recruitment, training, consultations, institutes, certification
             processes, publications disseminated, etc.
   e) The Payoff (describe the appropriate level):
       Outcomes: Describe the short term learning results, e.g., increased or
          changed awareness, knowledge, attitudes, skills, opinions, aspirations,
          motivations. Describe the actual or anticipated mid-term results, e.g.,
          changed or new behavior, practice, decisions, policies, social action.
       Impacts: Describe the anticipated long-term impacts in terms of social,
          economic, environmental, civic, value-added changes.

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Principal investigators may be requested to provide updated information on project
payoffs at some future point in time to provide the basis for a story in UC Delivers (past
stories can be viewed at

Questions about priorities and possible proposals should be directed to one of the
Program Leaders listed below.

Program Leader        Address                     Phone          Fax            E-mail
Marylynn Yates        Environmental Sciences
                                                  951-827-2358   951-827-3993
Natural Resources     CNAS
& Animal              UC-Riverside
Agriculture           Riverside, CA 92521-0424

Timothy Paine                                     951-827-5835   951-827-3086
Agricultural Policy
                      UC- Riverside
& Pest
                      Riverside, CA 92521
                      UCCE Merced County
Maxwell Norton                                    209-385-7403   209-722-8856
Agricultural          2145 W. Wardrobe Ave.
Productivity          Merced, CA 95340-6496
                      Nutrition Department
Lucia Kaiser                                      530-754-9063   530-752-8966
Human Resources       CAES
                      One Shields Avenue
                      3135 Meyer Hall
                      Davis, CA 95616

                                   For administrative questions contact:
Pat Day               ANR Prog Planning &      510-987-0032    510-832-8612
                      1111 Franklin Street, 6th
                      Oakland, CA 94612

Joni Rippee           UC-ANR Associate Vice
                      President’s office          510-987-0136   510-832-8612
                      1111 Franklin Street
                      6th Floor
                      Oakland, CA 94607-
                               For technical problems or questions contact:
Karl Krist            ANR Communication
                                                530-297-4441 530-297-4438
Computer              Services
Resource              1441 Research Park Dr.
Specialist            131 Univ. Services Bldg
                      Davis CA, 95616