Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program

Montana Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2018 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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Overview:

Background

The Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program exists to “protect and foster the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people of Montana” by promoting “intensive, scientific, and practical research into all phases of agricultural commodity culture, production, marketing, and the development of markets for commodities grown or produced in Montana.” MCA §80-11-502(2). Montana potato producers created the Program via an affirmative vote following the process outlined in MCA §§ 80-11-504 through 519. The Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture, which receives advice from the seven-member Montana Potato Advisory Committee.

Request For Proposals

The Montana Potato Advisory Committee invites proposals from organizations seeking funding from the Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program for demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for the Montana potato industry.

The Advisory Committee will review proposals at the first regular meeting of the year. It will recommend to the Department the projects it wishes to fund, and provide a suggested funding level. Recommended projects will be chosen based upon availability of funds, project type, industry need, and whether the project is new or ongoing. To qualify for consideration, proposals must have practical, near-term application that will stimulate an expanded Montana potato industry.

The Montana Potato Advisory Committee has established the following research priorities for the 2016-2017 funding cycle:

  • Management of potato viruses and their vectors; 
  • Stem and tuber diseases caused by fungi and bacteria (such as blackleg, scab, soft rot and ringrot); and
  • Weeds as alternate hosts for potato pathogens.

Research proposals must be innovative. To meet this burden, the applicant must demonstrate that there is not currently any relevant research available that is applicable to Montana producers. If relevant research is available, the applicant must explain how the proposed research will build upon the previous research.

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Eligibility:

  • Public and private entities, organizations, businesses, educational institutions, local governments, and individuals are eligible to submit proposals.
  • Projects that address research programs to improve the quality of seed potatoes, develop and improve control measures for diseases and pests that attack potatoes, improve potato-growing culture, dissemination of such information, or plan, and conduct publicity and sales promotion campaigns will be considered.  
  • Projects should be undertaken in Montana.
    • Proposals for projects to be conducted outside of Montana must present clear evidence that the Montana potato industry will benefit from the activity.
  • Eligible costs under the Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program may include, but are not limited to:
    • Salaries and Wages
    • Fringe Benefits
    • Consultant Services (professional, technical, operational)
    • Travel
    • Advertising and Promotion
    • Equipment (preferably leased versus direct acquisition)
    • Supplies and Materials
    • Communication (telephone, postage, printing, etc.)
    • Data Processing

Ineligibility:

  • Employees of the Montana Department of Agriculture and their immediate families, and members of the Montana Potato Advisory Committee and their immediate families are excluded from eligibility for funding under this program.
  • Immediate family includes mother, father, brother, sister, spouse and children.
  • Program funds cannot be used for the payment of institutional overhead or other indirect costs such as use of land, buildings or equipment.
  • Under no circumstances shall funds awarded pursuant to this RFP be used for lobbying or political purposes.