Deadline for HRI Research Grants Rapidly Approaching
The Horticultural Research Institute is now accepting research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability. Proposals for the 2019 grant cycle are due no later than May 31, 2018.
The Horticultural Research Institute’s mission is to direct, fund, promote, and
communicate horticultural research.
Supporting research that advances current methodologies, develops better technology, and bridges the divide between businesses and the consumer is how HRI helps build prosperous businesses, advance the green industry and fulfill its core vision.
Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of
horticultural marketing and consumer purchasing practices, pest and disease
management and control, and sustainable production and environmental resource
Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Research that expands the market for plant material;
- Research that increases crop producers’ business and financial expertise;
- Environmentally responsible management practices;
- Radio frequency identification (RFID) in crop production systems; and
- Regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the horticulture industry.
Applicants are further encouraged to present projects that represent collaborative research efforts. Researchers are challenged to focus their research on attainable outcomes that demonstrate a return on investment for all sectors of the
Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $35,000. The Horticultural Research
Institute encourages investigators to seek out matching funds as part of the
proposal application process, although matching funds are not required.
The grant application and procedural guidelines are available on the Horticultural
Research Institute website at www.HRIResearch.org.