Paired Proposals: Collaboration Opportunity

At Farm Viability we believe that today’s rapidly changing ag world requires a wide variety of disciplines to develop the most effective solutions. One way to achieve this is through collaboration.  That said, we have received feedback over time that our dollar limit often restricts the opportunity to develop multi-disciplinary, multi-organization proposals.  To encourage more collaboration, NYFVI is formally accepting “paired proposals” for consideration in the 2022 FVI grant round.


  •  Paired proposals must have some level of interdependency.
  • Each of the proposals in the pair should have a distinct scope of work, to be executed by complementary project leader skill sets.
  • Paired proposals are not intended as an option to simply expand work or add geographic regions to the effort.
  •  Each of the paired proposals is allowed to request up to $125,000.
  • It will be critical to articulate why the problem/opportunity requires additional resources and expertise.
  • These proposals will be evaluated among the general group of FVI applicants and both must be competitive in that pool.
  • If funded, paired proposals will be contracted independently.

Pairing Ideas

Below are organizations that are working to advance agriculture for New York’s farmers and may be good partners for collaboration. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, it is simply where we have seen collaborations work previously.  Descriptions of the smaller programs interested in collaborations can be found here.  Extensive information about  the Cornell programs is available online.

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Miner Institute, Chazy NY
  • Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Morrisville State College
  • SUNY, University at Buffalo


 The titles should reflect the paired nature of the proposals.

If both proposals must be funded in order for either of them to be effective, or if one can be funded without the other and effectively executed, this should be explicitly noted at the end of each abstract.

Please call NYFVI staff with any questions.