Successful Research Design and Methodology for Grant Proposals

Created with SARE support
Andrew Ristvey, Nevin Dawson | 2014


This one-hour webinar explains practical research methodology and design, in order to help producers develop projects and write grant proposals. The archive is available online in two parts:

Participants will learn the basics of developing a research study in which valid conclusions can be drawn. The webinar includes an introduction in statistics and statistical design. It addresses general descriptive statistics, treatment replication, blocking, and variation. It also addresses common pitfalls that can cause grant proposals to be rejected.

The webinar was held for ag service providers applying to grant programs like the SARE Partnership Grant, but is useful to producers and anyone else interested in doing ag-related research. It was presented by Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture Dr. Andrew Ristvey and Nevin Dawson, Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator for University of Maryland Extension, and Maryland State Coordinator for Northeast SARE.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.