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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

The Horticulture Innovation Lab currently has three opportunities for research grants, each with its own details related to eligibility, topics, countries, and application details. Please see below:

New: Call for concept notes on integrated animal-horticulture systems

The Horticulture Innovation Lab is soliciting concept notes for research on integrated animal-horticulture systems. Selected research projects will be funded for up to $750,000 total, over a period of up to 3 years.

Background: Often, both horticultural crops and animals are owned by smallholder farmers, with varying degrees of integration. Several potential synergies between horticulture and animal production have been identified in research and development efforts, such as dietary diversity and resource-use efficiency. But comprehensive, regionally-specific, socioeconomic evaluations of these systems are lacking. Especially important are examinations of trade-offs in productivity, environmental impacts, and economic performance of integration at different scales. Investigating integrated systems in rural, urban, and peri-urban settings will provide applicable insight into the benefits and challenges of animal-horticulture production. Competitive concept notes will rigorously address the potential of these systems with regard to sustainable productive capacity, income generation, and gender dimensions.

The Horticulture Innovation Lab is specifically looking for research proposals that are relevant to, and appropriate for, smallholder farmers in Feed the Future countries, particularly Cambodia, Nepal or Rwanda. Collaborative efforts with current USAID-funded projects and/or other Feed the Future Innovation Labs will be prioritized. We are interested in research that aims to improve livelihoods along the entire value chain. The research should result in useful recommendations for smallholder farmers.

Eligibility: The principal investigator on the project must be from a U.S. university, but should actively engage scientists and other partners in the proposed country. Successful teams will include multiple disciplines, including animal and horticulture experts as well as sociologists and economists.

Deadline: Concept notes must be submitted in our online form to the Horticulture Innovation Lab before 8 a.m. PDT, Monday, September 19. Please see the submission form for additional details: http://ucanr.edu/rfp/animal-horticulture-innovation.

Top submissions will be notified by October 10, with an invitation to submit a full proposal.

Blog announcement: Seeking insights into integrated animal-horticulture systems

Questions? Additional questions can be directed to Julia Jordan, jdjordan@ucdavis.edu.


Call for research proposals on tomatoes for Burkina Faso

This grant 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.

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.

Documents:

Questions? Please send programmatic questions to Elyssa Lewis, elylewis@ucdavis.edu, and finance-related questions to Heather Kawakami, hekawakami@ucdavis.edu.


Call for research proposals on dried apricots for Tajikistan

This grant is available for up to $150,000 per year, for a maximum of $300,000 over two years.

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.

Documents:

Questions? Please send programmatic questions to Elyssa Lewis, elylewis@ucdavis.edu, and finance-related questions to Heather Kawakami, hekawakami@ucdavis.edu


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