The South Carolina Soybean Board (SCSB) is soliciting applied soybean research proposals that will assist South Carolina soybean farmers in growing a more productive and profitable soybean crop.  The SCSB is also open to other proposals that may benefit South Carolina soybean farmers and/or the soybean industry in SC through promotion, education, market development or data management, for example.

Proposals should be completed by following the provided templates. The POP template is designed to aid in the evaluation and scoring of SCSB proposals. This document should not exceed one page in length. Be sure to read all fine print on each of the templates, ensuring that all applicable questions are addressed and document formatting is accurate.

Proposals are due by Tuesday, January 7th, and should be submitted to Laura Lester, Executive Director of the SC Soybean Board, via email at or uploaded directly to Dropbox through the provided information. Institutions submitting multiple proposals are advised to upload all files directly to Dropbox. Only one file per proposal should be uploaded or submitted, i.e. the proposal file should include the completed proposal and budget followed by the Program On a Page or “POP”.  Please use the following naming convention when naming files, prior to submission, 2020Date(yrmoday)_(PI Last Name)_(Abbreviated Proposal Title)_FN/POP. For further clarification, please see the note on the bottom of page two of the “FY2020_Proposal_Template” file provided.

Please note the following: the Board will not fund overhead or fixed assets nor will the Board pay Graduate Assistant Differential (GAD) for a graduate student whose salary is being funded in any part by the SCSB. The SC Soybean Board does not pay for principal investigator salaries/benefits, overhead or capital equipment.

Funding requests should only be for one (1) year, with work being completed by January 21st, 2021. (Note: this date is subject to change). Quarterly reports are to be submitted via email to Quarterly payment is contingent upon receipt of these reports. Quarterly reports should be submitted by following the provided template, “Quarterly Report-Template.” Prior to submission, reports should be saved as a pdf document using the following naming convention; 2020Date(yrmoday)_(PI Last Name)_(Abbreviated Project Title)_Qtr1.

Researchers or project managers are asked to publicly acknowledge funding from farmer checkoff dollars whenever possible, including at field days, in publications, etc.

Funding decisions will be made at the discretion of the farmer-led SC Soybean Board. If a project is approved by the Board, a research or project agreement will need to be developed or updated acceptable to both parties.

The Board will hear proposal presentations (please limit to 10 minutes) at the Phillips Market Center located at the South Carolina State Farmers Market in West Columbia on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.  Computer and audio-visual equipment will be made available. All presentations should be uploaded to Dropbox using the information provided prior to the meeting.

Each institution who received funding from the South Carolina Soybean Board for projects for the 2019 year will also be expected to give a brief project summary report (please limit to 10 minutes) on the 21st.  A concise, written final project summary should also be submitted by Tuesday, January 7th. Reports should be written using the provided template – Final Report_Template.  Summaries should be written in a way that is easy for our farmer audience to understand and apply. Summaries should be saved as a pdf document and can be uploaded to Dropbox using the information provided.

Lunch will be provided for those in attendance on the 21st. Those planning to attend and stay for lunch should RSVP to by Tuesday, January 7th. Researchers or project managers who are unable to attend the meeting to present their proposal(s) or final report(s) should contact Laura Lester as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements.

Please be sure to review and download all attachments.

On behalf of the SC Soybean Board, I would like to thank you and your team for your service to the soybean industry and to South Carolina farmers.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone at 803.734.1767 or by email at


Submit Your Proposals Here.

Quarterly Report Template
2020 POP Template
2020 Proposal Template
Final Report Template