Funding Opportunities

The Horticulture Innovation Lab does not currently have any open calls for project proposals. Please note that our program does not accept unsolicited project proposals.

We will continue to post future requests for proposals (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.

Call for Trellis Fund grants & student fellowships, 2017-2018

INFORMATION ONLY, as deadline has passed: In 2017, organizations from Africa, Asia and Central America were invited to apply for Trellis Fund grants up to $4,000 each. After grantees were selected, then students were invited to apply as Trellis Fund fellows to participate in the projects as consultants.
Up to
$4,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 1 year

Call for concept notes on integrated animal-horticulture systems

INFORMATION ONLY, as deadline has passed: Call for 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. U.S. university researchers may apply by Sept 19, 2016.
Up to
$750,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 3 years

Call for "Mission service" project proposals

INFORMATION ONLY, as deadline has passed: Two research grant opportunities - one grant focused on tomatoes in Burkina Faso and another grant focused on dried apricots in Tajikistan. Both grants serve farmer needs identified by USAID Missions.
Up to
$300,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 2 years

Call for pre-proposals on IPM for nematode control

INFORMATION ONLY, as deadline has passed: Call for research project proposals in integrated pest management (IPM) practices important to, and appropriate for, smallholder farmers in the Feed the Future zones of Guatemala, Honduras, and/or Haiti.
Up to
$450,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 3 years

Call for five-year proposals on gender, nutrition or postharvest

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has Passed. Call for five-year proposals addressing one of three topics in relation to horticulture: postharvest handling systems, nutrition, or gender and social equality in Feed the Future countries.
Up to
$2,000,000 USD
Length of funding
up to 4 years and 8 months

Call for Trellis grant proposals & student fellowships, summer 2014

INFORMATION ONLY- Deadlines have passed. Organizations in Feed the Future countries are invited to identify a horticultural problem facing local farmers and the type of expertise they seek in a U.S. graduate student. Graduate students from UC Davis' partner institutions can apply to work on a selected project.
Up to
$2,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 6 months

Call for Trellis proposals, winter 2013

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call for project proposals that address a horticultural problem facing local farmers, which would also include the involvement of a graduate student consultant.
Up to
$2,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 6 months

Call for Trellis proposals, spring 2012

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call for project proposals that address a horticultural problem facing local farmers, which would also include the involvement of a graduate student consultant.
Up to
$2,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 6 months

Call for Focus and Continuation Project proposals

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call for proposals for Focus projects (1 year) and Continuation projects (extension of a successful Exploratory or Immediate Impact Project).
Up to
$250,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 3 years

Call for Trellis proposals, spring 2011

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call for project proposals that address a horticultural problem facing local farmers, which would also include the involvement of a graduate student consultant.
Up to
$2,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 6 months

Call for Exploratory Projects

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call for 1 year Exploratory Project proposals, focused on building teams and acquiring background or preliminary information that can provide the basis for a competitive Pilot Project application.
Up to
$75,000 USD
Length of funding
1 year

Call for Pilot Project pre-proposals

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call for pre-proposals for collaborative research addressing one or more of the following priority issues: market systems, postharvest systems, food safety, genetic resources conservation and development, sustainable production systems and natural resources management, enabling environment, gender equity, nutrition and human health.
Up to
$500,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 3 years

Call for Immediate Impact Project proposals

INFORMATION ONLY - Deadline has passed. Call seeking pre-proposals from qualified institutions and investigators for ‘shovel ready’ projects that address the priorities, objectives, and themes of the Horticulture CRSP, and that can be implemented rapidly. 
Up to
$15,000 USD
Length of funding
Up to 1 year