The Fertilizer Advisory Committee will hold their annual meeting in Bozeman February 11 & 12, 2019 and will hear progress reports from FY 2019 funded projects, and consider proposals for FY 2020 funding. The FY 2019 progress reporting and FY 2020 proposal review process will be managed jointly by the MSU Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and the MAES Associate Director's office as the program transitions to the Associate Director's office in FY 2020. For questions, please email Anton Bekkerman anton.bekkerman@montana.edu.

Project proposal deadline: Tuesday, January 15th

As a reminder, the intent of the research funding is to "to improve Montana’s economy by providing farmers and ranchers the most accurate information possible about fertilizer use and soil management for greatest profits consistent with environmental protections on the many varied soil and climatic conditions of the state.”  Researchers should keep this in mind as they prepare a proposal.

Instructions for a required proposal format are as follows:

  • Not to exceed six pages in length. 
  • Please include "Proposal" at the top of the title page.
  • An OSP Proposal Clearance Form is not required. 

 Include:

  1. Project name
  2. Principal investigators and cooperators
  3. Introduction and justification
  4. Objectives
  5. Materials and methods
  6. Expected results
  7. Relevance to Montana agriculture
  8. Proposed budget (see table below)
  9. Budget justification 
  10. Reference (minimal) 

Budget: 

  • Please use the budget table format below (and add rows as needed). Please provide budget splits between PIs and departments on your budget table. Reminder: Funds for these proposals are not available until July 1, 2019 and must be spent by June 30, 2020.  
    Project Proposal
    Budget Item   Amount Requested Budget splits/PIs and Depts.
    Salary    
    Benefits    
    Supplies    
    Publication Charges    
    Travel    
    Contracted Services    
    Total Requested    
    Multi-year est. # of yrs    
    Multi-year est. budget    

  When completed, please submit your MFAC proposal in PDF format here: