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The goal of this grant program is to engage a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of WSU faculty in projects that further the development, understanding, and use of biologically intensive and/or organic principles, practices, and technologies to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in Washington state.

As part of the legislative funding for BIOAg, a competitive grants program was created to stimulate research, extension and education investments by WSU scientists. In addition, BIOAg funding is used to meet three objectives: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment critical gaps in existing areas of knowledge, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.

Biologically Intensive = farming practices and systems that rely on biological processes which are renewable, non-polluting, and mutually beneficial to both farmers and society.

Funded projects from prior years including progress reports and outcomes can be accessed in the CSANR Grants Database.

Resulting publications are cataloged in the CSANR Publications Library.


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The BIOAg program at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources is now accepting proposals for FY22.

The goal of the BIOAg solicitation is to engage WSU faculty to advance the development, understanding, and use of biologically-intensive, organic and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. BIOAg funding can be requested for three purposes: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment existing research to address critical gaps, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.

In FY22, special consideration will be given for proposals focused on equity and/or the social dimension of sustainability. This includes, but is not limited to, proposals that address how biologically intensive, organic, and sustainable agriculture strategies may impact people from under-represented communities, long-term social costs (e.g., true cost accounting), or how to increase engagement of minority or under-represented communities (e.g., farmworker, low income, other) in research and extension programs. The RFP is available on our BIOAg Grant Program page.


Key Deadlines

Letters of intent are requested by Monday, November 15, 2021.

Project proposals are due Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Please contact Chad Kruger with any questions: or 509-335-4605.

FY 2022 BIOAg Program Request for Proposals (PDF)

FY 2022 BIOAg Application Form & Instructions