The South Coast Research & Extension Center (South Coast REC) is accepting proposals for new and continuing research and extension projects for the project year of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Located on 200 acres in Orange County, South Coast REC research and extension projects and programs focus on a variety of agriculture and natural resource topics including: variety development, crop and landscape pest management, repository for germplasm collections (citrus, avocado, persimmon, and cherimoya), irrigation management, plant nutrition, and long-term impacts of changing rainfall patterns on native ecosystems. As reclaimed water is the main irrigation source provided to the Center by the local water district, researchers have the opportunity to assist in the development of management strategies for the use of a water source that will become increasingly more important to the long-term sustainability of agriculture and urban
The Center provides labor, equipment, research facilities, and technical and management support at a reduced recharge rate to UC academics. For example, the current recharge rate is charged on an hourly basis of $14.75. Our goal is to minimize a significant increase in this rate from year to year. Proposals from non-UC organizations will be considered if resources are available but the full cost rate will be charged. Researchers are also directly charged for irrigation costs which are currently $1.46 per 748 gallons of water (1 CCF).
Proposals may be submitted into the REC Manage System via the South Coast REC Website (screc.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal), final submission date for the 2016-2017 project year is February 1, 2017.
The Center’s Research Advisory Committee will evaluate the proposed research and extension for scientific merit and regional appropriateness. Researchers will be notified by email.