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Invitation for Research Grant Proposals

October 1, 2004

The Foundation for Science and Spirituality, Inc. ("Foundation') was founded in December, 1986 to explore and support research into the interelationship between humankind, agriculture, health and evolution of the human spirit.

Many agricultural researchers today acknowledge the connection between nature and what we eat, generating ideas on environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible agricultural systems. Much has been accomplished in understanding organic farming and sustainable agriculture practices. Less has been accomplished in understanding one practice, radionics

The use of radionic instruments for plant and animal diagnosis and treatment is gaining increased attention in alternative agriculture circles. While several commercial labs and consultants support this technology, little information is available through conventional channels like the Extension Service or land-grant colleges.

Currently, radionics, and the related concepts of radiesthesia and homeopathy, are largely practitioner-based technologies. An exception is homeopathy, which receives some attention in mainstream medical journals. By contrast, all three are licensed, medical disciplines in the United Kingdom and several other European countries. ii

Radionics is controversial. It is yet to be recognized by mainstream agricultural science; thus, useful information is available only from select sources. Within the alternative (sustainable, organic) agricultural communities, there are many reports of success among those who have given radionics a serious look; and the number of practitioners- farmers, gardeners, crop consultants, veterinarians- appears to be growing.

The Foundation extends an invitation to researchers to submit proposals for research project grants in the following areas:

Objective: Investigate and document radionics as an enhancement to dryland farming practices as an extension of sustainable agriculture and organic farming practices.

  • Subobjective 1. Development and use of radionics farming techniques
  • Subobjective 2 Dry land farming techniques
  • Subobjective 3 Techniques to enhance productivity in poor soil

The invitation is a two step process. Step one is the submission and evaluation of pre-proposals. Step two is the invitation for, submission of, and evaluation of proposals. Proposals will be evaluated on the quality of the proposed research and its contribution to scientific advancement; relevance to the objective; the qualifications of the principal investigator and any team; and the appropriateness of the research strategy.

Eligible Entities and Individuals

Any individual researcher, research team, or non-profit organization may submit a proposal. The principal investigator must be a qualified researcher with experience in an agriculture-related discipline. Researchers with stand-alone projects, and with projects that are components of more comprehensive research efforts, are encouraged to apply.

Grants may include the following:

  1. Up to $5,000 per annum for seed and equipment expenses.
  2. Additional funding may be available depending on the amount of acreage farmed and other elements of the proposal.
  3. Use of up to 80 acres of farmland located near Pagosa Springs, Colorado (which has been unfarmed or organically and radionically farmed in hay for the last 13 years.)
  4. Up to 40 acres are under irrigation.
  5. 50% of any resulting crops

Funding and Proposals

Funding may be requested for one, two or three years with a maximum request of $15,000 total, regardless of the project duration. Financial support for funding beyond FY2005 will be contingent on satisfactory progress toward achieving objectives. This progress is reported via a written quarterly report to the Foundation.

Pre-proposals should be a two or three paragraph statement, submitted electronically, including the following:

  1. Proposed title of the project
  2. Name of the principal investigator
  3. Description of the project

Proposals shall be limited to two pages, using a minimum 11 point font size and may be submitted electronically. The two-page pre-proposal should include the following:

  1. Title of the project
  2. Name of the principal investigator
  3. A description of how the proposed work meets the objectives
  4. Description of the project
  5. Description of the anticipated outcomes and benefits
  6. Dissemination plan


November 10, 2004: Pre-proposals due

November 20, 2004 Full proposals invited from a select number of pre-proposals. Principal investigators of pre-proposals not selected are notified.

December 15, 2004 Full proposals due

December 31, 2004 Announcement of acceptance of proposals and funding allocation

Contact Information:

Pre-proposals and Proposals may be sent via electronic mail or via the US postal service to:

Susan @ fssuniverse . org

Susan Young
Foundation for Science & Spirituality
11699 Rittenhouse Road
Marysville, OH 43040

Other Resources:

You may wish to consider co-sponsorship of your proposal. One place to start is the grants programs provided by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) which is a UDSA competitive grants program. See

Also see: What Is Radionics?

Also see: Radionics and Farming