May 8, 2023
Submit research proposals for the 2024-25 funding cycle now

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is now accepting new research proposal applications for the 2024-2025 funding cycle. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2023.

Research director Terril Nell and research coordinator Laura Barth will be holding a webinar on Thursday, May 11, at 2 p.m. (EDT) to go over the application process and answer any questions that you have.

Topics covered will include:

  • Application timeline, from submission to notification
  • Overview of our new online application portal
  • Research priorities
  • What makes a good proposal?
  • Requirements for funded projects
  • Q & A session

Register for the webinar here.

Funding innovative research is a critical pillar of AFE’s mission to be the trusted source and catalyst for floriculture advancement. New research proposals should support forward-thinking exploration of cost and labor savings, pest and disease management, sustainability, and other solutions to promote not just healthier, longer-lasting flowers and plants, but a healthy and robust floriculture industry as well.

The primary research priorities are listed below. They are focused on all floricultural crops – bedding plants, fresh cut flowers, fresh cut greens, flowering potted plants and foliage plants.

  • Sustainable production and handling practices including water use efficiency and growing media
  • Reduction of the impact of climate change on production, handling and product quality
  • Biocontrol of pests
  • Advanced breeding technology, including CRISPR
  • Long-term storage and shipping conditions for cut flowers, bedding and potted plants
  • Production technology
  • Postharvest technology
  • Botrytis control and management
  • Thrips control and management
  • Automation, technology, and AI leading to labor savings

The Endowment’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30, therefore funding for projects begins in July of the next fiscal year.

Submit your research proposal here.