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The South Coast Research & Extension Center (South Coast REC) is soliciting proposals for new research and extension projects July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. Existing projects wishing to continue will need to confirm this during this open call process by logging into the REC Proposal System and selecting the green Continue button or selecting the yellow Complete button if the project is completed.

We have attempted to reduce the redundancies in reporting by eliminating the requirement for 3-year reports and submitting a new Land, Labor, and Facilities form each year. A continuing project will only need to submit a short Annual Report for Continuing REC Project_2022 identifying accomplishments in the previous year and any significant changes to the original research proposal. We have also included some guidelines on the process, posted in the Documents tab of this Collaborative Tools, should you run into any issues.

Proposals may be submitted into the REC Proposal System via the South Coast REC Website (http://screc.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal/) beginning April 13th, 2022. The system will remain open through June 15th. Following review of new projects by the South Coast Research Advisory Committee, an off-cycle proposal submission process will be opened July 1st or earlier if possible.

Approved full cost recharge rates and UC ANR funding levels for UC-led research projects for South Coast REC for the 2022-23 are listed in the table below. Additional funding is available for researchers new to the REC or Co-PIs initiating new research where they are serving as the PI. Please contact South Coast REC Director, Darren Haver at dlhaver@ucanr.edu, for more information about eligibility and the amount of funding available. 

Type of Recharge

Full Cost

UC Affiliated PI

Direct Research Rate

$62.13

$24.51/hr.

Square Foot Rate for greenhouse, lathhouse, container, and lab space

$1.64/sq.ft./year

$1.64/sq.ft./year

Per acre Rate

$2,953.54/year

$1,198/year

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, irrigation management, plant disease, rootstock development, and alternative weed control methods in managed systems. As reclaimed water is the main irrigation source provided to the Center by the local water district, researchers can assist in the development of reclaimed water management strategies; an increasingly important resource for the long-term sustainability of agriculture and urban environments. The Center also continues to welcome the submission of research and extension projects addressing broader topics, such as the impacts of climate change on urban and agricultural ecosystems.

The Center provides research projects with skilled farming equipment operators, irrigators, some limited indoor research facilities (ex. plant sample processing lab), and technical and management support. Projects led by UC academics receive funding directly from UC ANR and South Coast REC to reduce the actual cost of research and extension at the Center. Proposals from non-UC organizations will be considered if resources (space and labor) are available, but the full cost rate is charged plus the non-university differential (NUD currently is set at 33.7%). 

For questions about research opportunities at South Coast REC or technical difficulties with the proposal process, please reach out to the following:

Darren Haver, Center Director, dlhaver@ucanr.edu 

Chris Martinez, Superintendent, cpmartinez@ucanr.edu

Kat Hicklin, Business Officer, khicklin@ucanr.edu