Friday, December 5, 2014

Request for Proposals for 2015 Funding

A reminder....

The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation (NABGRF) Inc. seeks proposals for bramble research for the year 2015. All bramble proposals will be considered. However special consideration will be given to proposals related to the specific priorities established for this round of funding.  
Pest Management Strategies
  • Management and biology of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)
  • Management and biology of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
  • Management (?) of Agrobacterium tumefaciens (crown gall)
  • Evaluate new insecticides (pesticides) for blackberry and raspberry production.  
Production Efficiency and Profitability
  • Management of blackberries and raspberries in tunnels (pruning, training and trellis systems)
  • Post-harvest handling for small farmers
Cultivar Development and Testing
  • Germplasm development
Special Needs
  • Marketing
Since 1999, NABGRF has funded a total of 76 proposals totaling $184,572. Funding for individual projects is expected to range from $2000-$5000. In order to expedite the process, we ask that your request stay within this range. Please note that the NABGRF does not  pay overhead or "indirect" costs. The major source of funds for NABGRF's research grants is contributions by nurseries to NABGRF's Nursery Contribution Program, initiated in 2007. The Foundation very much appreciates their support
Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the NABGRF by the next North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association annual meeting, February 24-27, 2015 in Fayetteville, AR. The Research Committee will forward their recommendations to the NABGRF Board of Trustees. Final funding decisions are made by the Board of Trustees. Notice of awards will be sent out in March 2015. For more information, email either of the NABGRF  Research Co-Coordinators, Gina Fernandez and Jeff Chandler.
The deadline for proposals is December 20, 2014.
Sending Proposals: Email your proposal as a PDF file to by the deadline above. 

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