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2020 South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council Request for Pre-Proposals

The South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council (SD NREC) is looking for researchers to submit proposals for 2020. Proposals for the research funding must be submitted no later than Aug. 16 and the funding cycle for the projects will be from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020. 

The SD NREC was established by the 2016 SD Legislature to oversee the use of funds accumulated by the State of South Dakota through an increase in the fertilizer inspection fee. The funds are to be used for fertilizer- nutrient- and water quality-related research and education purposes. 

Proposals should be prepared on an annual basis (12 month). Multi-year proposals are permitted but will be reviewed and approved on an annual basis. Research must be done in South Dakota. Out-of-state researchers are encouraged to collaborate with researchers in South Dakota. 

The SD NREC hereby requests: 

  • Researchers to submit two-page pre-proposals no later than August 16.
  • SD NREC will select projects for full proposals by September 13 and submission instructions will be provided to those advancing in the competition shortly thereafter.
  • Full proposals will be due no later than October 18.
  • SD NREC may invite researchers to give a brief proposal presentation in early December.
  • Full proposals will be selected and investigators notified by mid-December.

Topics of Interest: 

  • Research and update NPK fertilizer recommendations in:
    • no-till crop production systems for corn, soybeans and small grains.
    • reduced or conventional tillage crop production systems for corn, soybeans, and small grains.
  • Research the need for micronutrients and sulfur for corn, soybeans and wheat.
  • Research the use of nitrogen stabilizers for corn and small grains in no-till and reduced tillage crop production situations.
  • Research and update the various fertilizer application placement techniques for: 
    • phosphorus and compare the effectiveness of each placement on crop response for corn, soybeans and small grains.
    • nitrogen and compare the effectiveness of each placement on crop response for corn and small grains.
    • Research the effect of soil type and tile drainage on water quality.

Pre-proposal Format (two-page maximum, PDF)

Title: Should convey the focus of the project, and potentially the location(s).

Principal Investigator and Collaborators: Include affiliation of the PI and co-PI(s). Include email address and cell phone for the PI. 

Summary: A brief summary indicating the justification, objectives, planned deliverables.

Goal and Objectives: List the overall project goal and specific objective. 

Justification Statement: Why this work is needed and the new advances and information expected to be contributed by the project. Also describe the anticipated economic and environmental benefits of your research to producers and the public. 

Work Plan: Summarize the methods to be applied to achieve the objectives of the proposed project. Also include a description of your plans to communicate results to stakeholders and the public. 

Timeline: Provide a brief description of the anticipated timetable for the project.

Project Budget: Provide estimates for annual and total budget. Note: The pre-proposal budget does not need to be detailed. A detailed budget will be requested in the full proposal competition. 

Pre-proposal Submission 

Submit proposals at Register with the site using the box on the left-hand side that is designated “log in for other users” or enter your log in credentials if you are a returning external user. Under “Funding Competitions” near the bottom of the page, you will see a blue link on the left-hand side with the Title “2020 South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council Pre-proposals” – click on this. 


Question or comments should be addressed to Angela Loftesness at or