The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is a proud partner in the Agricultural Research Institute.
The California State University system has a strong history of accomplishment in agriculture. The CSU has four campuses which have made large contributions in agricultural research, education and technology transfer: California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (opens in a new tab); California State University, Fresno (opens in a new tab); California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (opens in a new tab); and California State University, Chico (opens in a new tab). The agricultural colleges at these institutions individually and collectively have been lacking in the necessary research matching seed money and capacity-building funds to fully address the industry's increased demand for CSU new and innovative applied research technology development and transfer services.
In 1999, Governor Gray Davis authorized $5 million dollars per year to be set aside from the State Budget for agricultural research and extension in eight high-priority areas identified by a collaborative effort of agricultural industry and Federal, State and local governmental agencies and interest groups.
These funds are divided up 6 ways: each of the four agricultural colleges gets an allocation for competitive research and capacity-building efforts; there are funds available for competitive research projects at the system-wide level; and some funds are set aside for administration.
Total project funding must be matched at least 1:1 by non-CSU funds. Although the spirit of the initiative is to secure as much external funding in cash as possible, it is allowable to use in-kind contributions to meet a portion of the matching requirement. For campus-based projects, it is recommended that not more than 75% of the matching funds come from in-kind contributions. For system-wide projects, the in-kind contributions may not be more than 50%. In practice, the greater the percentage of cash match, the stronger the proposal.
At Cal Poly, there is a strong emphasis on using the ARI to introduce students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, to the research arena. Our motto is "Learn by Doing" and our students are the ones who benefit the most by applying their skills and knowledge assisting industry and academia in the process of solving some of our most crucial problems in agriculture today.