Call for STEEP Proposals
STEEP RFP 2005
2005 Call for Progress Reports
The request for STEEP proposals (RFP) will be sent to Directors of Agricultural Experiment Stations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington during early July for distribution to university faculty and USDA-ARS scientists. Proposals are due back to the State Experiment Station Directors by September 28, 2005. The STEEP RFP also will be posted on the STEEP website in early July. Note that the deadline for proposals is earlier this year in order to accommodate the November proposal review meeting.
The PNW STEEP program expects to be funded for the current Federal fiscal year (FY2006) by a special $550,000 to $650,000 research grant in the USDA-CSREES budget. Both individual and team (two or more investigator that actively participate in the proposed work and receive funding) project proposals are welcome. Project proposals should clearly state how the proposed research addresses soil, air, and/or water quality as it relates to PNW dry land and irrigated small grain cereal-based cropping systems. Individual projects will be funded for a maximum of three years at a maximum of $25,000 per year. Team projects also will be funded for a maximum of three years with a maximum funding level of $150,000 for the duration of the study. Proposals that address near, medium and long-term high-risk issues associated with the general STEEP objectives will be considered. Where possible, researchers are encouraged to cooperate with existing projects. Collaborative, multi-state projects are encouraged. Proposals to develop an educational brochure and/or publish information on the STEEP web site that broadens the understanding of STEEP and conservation tillage by non-agricultural industry, adult audiences are encouraged. This includes educational or informational benefits of STEEP related research and conservation tillage practices on reduced wind and water soil erosion, and on improved environmental quality.