Outreach and Applied Research
Proposals to the Outreach & Applied Research (OAR) grant program should focus on applied research, as well as education and outreach to promote new or newly-adapted ideas and techniques. The OAR grant program also now welcomes applications related to energy development and efficiency, including bioenergy. Additionally, OAR projects should emphasize new practical, on-farm efforts that produce measurable benefit to participating farms within the lifespan of the project, including testing theory in farm conditions and adapting technology for not-yet-tested conditions.

Funding priority goes to proposals that include farmer participation across agricultural sectors, commodities, production management systems, or regions of the state.

Eligible grant applicants include farmers, producer groups, researchers, educators, organizations, agencies and businesses. Applicants may represent nonprofit or for-profit sectors. Projects should work with New York State resident farmers and demonstrate outcomes that benefit agriculture in the state.

Grants awarded

For examples of previously funded Outreach and Applied Research projects, please visit the Projects Funded section of this website. In the Project Database, search projects by grant and select "OAR" to generate a list of previously-funded projects in this grant program.

For the 2015 grant-funding cycle, project duration was required to be between 6 months and 2 years, with requested funds not to exceed $150,000.


The deadline to apply for Outreach and Applied Research grants was November 16, 2104. For the grant funding timeline, click here.

Request for Proposals

Click here for the full 2015 OAR Request for Proposals.