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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Information for Current PIs

This page has documents, forms, logos, and other information for our current and recent principal investigators related to branding, reporting, and travel.

We are in the process of transitioning many of our travel and reporting processes into our online database system. Current principal investigators with the Horticulture Innovation Lab should have access to our new database system. If you have any questions about accessing this system, please contact Erin McGuire,

Branding: Program name & other basics

See below or print our branding cheat sheet (PDF) for tips and reminders. These branding requirements are spelled out more formally in you contract's Branding and Marking Guide. Contact Brenda Dawson with any questions.

Program name: We are the Horticulture Innovation Lab, funded by USAID and led by UC Davis. Together, we build international partnerships for fruit and vegetable research that improves livelihoods in developing countries.

The formal, full-length version of our new name is the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture.

The shortest and most commonly used form of our program name is Horticulture Innovation Lab. Please do not further shorten; no acronyms.

Branding: Logo block

Using the Horticulture Innovation Lab's logo block (.zip) on all project materials is mandated; please see the Marking and Branding Plan in your contract for additional details.

To use the logo block correctly:

  • Add your institution's logos next to the logo block to show our collaboration.
  • Do not crop or stretch logos.
  • Keep the logos on a white background and maintain surrounding white space.

When using the logo block, you must also include the appropriate form of this disclaimer:

"This [SPECIFY ITEM HERE] is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Horticulture Innovation Lab [SPECIFY YOUR PROJECT OR TEAM NAME] and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government."

Download logo block files (zip) for print and presentations. Please contact Brenda Dawson if you have any questions or need special versions of these files.

Branding: Text-only situations

When writing about your Horticulture Innovation Lab project in public communications — such as such as a press release or journal article — you are required to include a phrase in the text substantially similar to:

“… supported by the Horticulture Innovation Lab with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, as part of the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future …”

Branding: More information

  • Horticulture Innovation Lab promotional materials: We have factsheets, flyers, brochures and posters on our Media page. Photos are available from our Flickr account and videos from our YouTube channel. Please contact us if you are looking for additional photos, fliers or other items to help you promote your work with the Horticulture Innovation Lab.
  • Photo tips: Please take many photos of your work and share them with our team. The USAID photo guide (pdf) provides some tips and considerations for how to tell your stories in photographs, as does our fact sheet "How to tell your project's story." Please share your photographs with the Horticulture Innovation Lab so that we can use them to publicize your work and the program. Best to send your photos unedited and uncropped. Photos can be sent individually or zipped in a folder at our online depository.
  • Writing style, word choices: Our program's style guide is updated as necessary, to standardize some of the most frequently used-and-confused terms in our program's usage.
  • Writing press releases: We are happy to provide support if you have a press release to write. Our fact sheet "How to tell your project's story" (pdf) provides ideas about how to frame your work as a story or article. If you are writing your own press release, your contract may require specific language that you are required to include. Usually, this means that you must clearly spell out your USAID and Horticulture Innovation Lab funding, including a phrase substantially similar to:

    “… supported by the Horticulture Innovation Lab with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, as part of the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future …”

  • Creating USAID documents: The USAID Graphic Standards Manual provides tips for preferred layout and other USAID standards, including particulars of using the USAID logo correctly
  • UC Davis branding: In most instances, please use the combined logo block. If you need to refer to the university specifically, its official name is "University of California, Davis" or "UC Davis" and the UC Davis logo wordmark can be found on the UC Davis Marketing Toolbox website along with other guidelines.



Please note: Reporting information below is provided for information only and may be outdated. Most reporting processes are now handled in our online database.

Slight differences exist in forms used by project principal investigators (pilot, comprehensive, continuing and focus projects) and by Regional Centers of Innovation. Please use our online depository to send us large files, including photographs, flyers and other deliverables.

Financial reminder: All recipients must verify that their vendors are not listed on the Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List maintained by the U.S. Treasury or the United National Security designation list.

For Project PIs:

For Regional Centers of Innovation:



Please note: Travel forms below are provided for information only and may be outdated. Travel approval requests and travel reporting are now handled in our online database.

  • Pre-Approval for travel form (docx) Anyone traveling on Horticulture Innovation Lab funds must complete a pre-approval for travel form at least 30 days prior to travel (traveling to India, Nepal, Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala require further advance notice or additional forms).
  • Trip report form (docx) Include this form in Horticulture Innovation Lab performance reports.
  • Fly America Act waiver checklist (PDF) If you have traveled with a non-U.S. carrier.