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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

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Team members from AMPATH, Mace Foods and Purdue University discuss collaborative research plans in Eldoret, Kenya.

Funding opportunities from the Horticulture Innovation Lab

New: Funding for research on tomatoes and dried apricots

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has two new calls for research proposals, both of which were developed in close partnership with in-country USAID missions.

Each of these two grants is available for up to $150,000 per year, for a maximum of $300,000 over two years.

Tomato research for resilience in Burkina Faso: In collaboration with USAID/Burkina Faso and the USAID/Sahel Regional Office, the Horticulture Innovation Lab is seeking research proposals on improving postharvest handling, storage and marketing of tomatoes. Research findings should be applicable to, and easily implemented by, smallholder farmers, other local beneficiaries and the USAID-funded projects that support them in Burkina Faso. See the official document "Request for Proposals: Research to Improve Handling, Storage, and Marketing of Tomatoes in Burkina Faso for 'Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced' (RISE)" for details and application directions.

Dried apricot research for enhanced markets in Tajikistan: In collaboration with USAID/Tajikistan, the Horticulture Innovation Lab is seeking research proposals on appropriate postharvest handling, processing, and marketing of dried apricots. Research findings should be applicable to, and easily implemented by, smallholder farmers and the USAID-funded projects that support them in southern Tajikistan. See official document "Request for Proposals: Research on Appropriate Postharvest Handling, Processing, and Marketing of Dried Apricots in Tajikistan" for details and application directions.

Eligibility

Proposals led by U.S. university researchers will be given priority for funding, but proposals led by other U.S. organizations, including nonprofit and for-profit groups, will also be considered.

Deadline: Sept. 12, 2016 is the deadline to apply by emailing completed proposals to horticulture@ucdavis.edu.

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Questions? Please send programmatic questions to Elyssa Lewis, and finance-related questions to Heather Kawakami.

 


Future funding opportunities

We will continue to post future RFPs and other funding opportunities to this page. If you would prefer to be notified directly of future opportunities, please subscribe to our email list.

Help us review proposals

We are continually seeking qualified external reviewers who can provide expert evaluations of project proposals that the Horticulture Innovation Lab is considering for funding. If you would like to share your expertise and provide reviews of project proposals, please sign up to become a reviewer for the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

Find a project partner

Many of our funding opportunities require collaboration between an international team of researchers, practitioners, businesses, and government agents, along with leadership from a U.S. university researcher as the project's principal investigator (P.I.).

To aid in the process of finding new partners, we maintain a list of people interested in collaborating on future horticulture projects, for your use. You may want to use this list to:

You may also want to add your name to our list of potential collaborators:

These lists are publicly available and can be used by anyone. This list is not a representation of the Horticulture Innovation Lab network. You may also view a list of our partners here, though it is important to note that the Horticulture Innovation Lab continues to add new collaborators to our research network.

Previous requests for proposals (RFPs)

These requests for proposals are provided for information only, as these deadlines have passed.

Other sources of agricultural research funding