Research Proposal Instructions & Guidelines
The Pennsylvania Soybean Board requests proposals on an annual basis. Applications are due by January 20, 2017. Funding decisions are typically made in February. Successful applicants will be notified of funding status by mid-February.
Proposals concerning soybean production, utilization and marketing research will be considered. Please see our research priorities as well as current and prior research conducted before you develop your proposal to avoid duplication. Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals for other research that may expand profit opportunities for soybean farmers. All proposals must demonstrate a benefit to soybean farmers. Regional proposals and proposals using funding from multiple sources will receive favorable consideration.
A short video providing an overview of your proposal is required along with the full paper proposal.
For successful proposals, payment schedules are as follows: 50 percent of the project budget will be paid upon a fully executed Funding Agreement, 40 percent upon receipt of an interim/progress report due August 1, and the remaining 10 percent will be paid upon receipt of a written report on the year’s progress or results.
The Pennsylvania Soybean Board also will require that the researcher acknowledge the Board’s support in any publication reporting findings of Board-sponsored research. The Pennsylvania Soybean Board requests copies of all such publications for our files. A short research abstract will be required for Pennsylvania Soybean Board use (typically in our annual report to farmers and on our website). Additionally, a video summarizing your research project at the end of the contract is required.
Please use the PSB Sponsorship Request Form and FY 2017 Request for Research Proposals provided on this website. Please reference the 2017 Research Funding Guidelines and Policy. If you are unable to download the application, please e-mail our office or call (717) 651-5922.
Please complete these forms fully and use clear, concise language. Explain any scientific terms as may be necessary. Investigators should seek to provide descriptive, clear and concise material as briefly stated as possible and practical.
BE SURE TO SIGN and date proposals. When time is an issue, proposals may be submitted without authorized signatures, but signed copies must follow.
On the Grant Application, under Period of Proposed Project Dates, please note if you are submitting a new or continuing project, and if continuing, which year (for example, Year 2 of 3).