Horticultural Research Institute: Competitive Grant

Horticultural Research Institute


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $35,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

Since 1962, the Horticultural Research Institute has directed over $6.5 million of industry funds to research projects covering the full range of production, environmental and business issues important to trade.


HRI strongly encourages collaborative research efforts and challenges scientists to focus their research on attainable outcomes that demonstrate a return on investment for all sectors of the Green Industry.  HRI research focuses on the propagation, production, distribution, marketing and sale of woody ornamental plants and perennials. HRI research also encourages environmentally responsible management practices, increases nursery crop producers' business or financial expertise, and improves and expands the market for plant material. HRI seeks to support research that has definable outcomes and represents a return on investment for the green industry.


About HRI Supported Research

HRI strives to fund research that specifically deals with green industry related issues. HRI-supported projects focus on significant problems, regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the nursery, greenhouse, garden center and landscape industry. 

HRI research encourages environmentally responsible management practices, increases nursery and greenhouse crop producers' business or financial expertise, and improves and expands the market for plant material. HRI seeks to support research that has definable outcomes and represents a return on investment for the green industry.

HRI research focuses on the propagation, production, distribution, marketing and sale of woody ornamental plants and perennials. HRI does not support or sponsor educational programs with the exception of the seven HRI student scholarships.

Many grant applications that HRI receives do not meet these basic criteria. We encourage you to review the listings of HRI funded research and the research priorities listing before applying for a research grant.

Research Priorities

Horticulture Management

  • Production related issues
  • Propagation related issues
  • Retail and landscape distribution issues
  • Irrigation management issues
  • Chemical use and improved spray application issues
  • Landscape sustainability

Resource Management

  • Media constituent issues
  • Labor and efficiency issues
  • Water management, runoff and irrigation issues
  • Fertility issues
  • Land use issues

Pest Management

  • Invasive plant species issues
  • Exotic insect pest and disease issues
  • Weed control issues
  • Improved chemical use and delivery method issues
  • The use of biocontrol issues

Mechanization and Applied Technology

  • Labor reduction and efficiency issues
  • The use of new technologies in horticulture issues
  • Ergonomic issues
  • New machinery and related technology issues

Marketing Research & Business Development

  • Market demographics and trends
  • Research related to market size and trends (helpful when dealing with regulatory and legislative issues)
  • Research related to consumer purchasing habits and trends (i.e. branding)

Funding policy for plant breeding research 

The introduction of new plant material and cultivars into the marketplace is critical to the continued success and viability of the nursery, greenhouse, garden center, and landscape industry. Currently there exist a number of individual and group proprietary programs available to breed and market ornamental plant material with desirable ornamental characteristics including flower form, color, plant shape and foliage. There are limited resources and financial incentives in the private sector to provide the long term and more fundamental genetic and germplasm development that concentrates on non-ornamental characteristics of plant material.

In addition, where intellectual property and patent opportunities arrive from such funded research efforts, HRI will engage with collaborative research partners where intellectual property and patent rights can be shared, such as CRADA opportunities with USDA Agricultural Research Service.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

    • HRI-supported projects must focus on significant green industry-related issues, regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the nursery and landscape industry. 
    • Projects may start prior to HRI's release of funding date (April - June 2017).
    • The Researcher is not required to match the funds provided by HRI.

    Preferences:

    • It shall be the policy of HRI to give preferential consideration to germplasm, plant breeding and cultivar enhancement research efforts that focus on developing resistance to biotic (insect and disease pests), tolerant of abiotic stresses (heat, drought, cold hardiness, urban sites, poor soils, etc.), invasiveness and adaptation to climate change.

    Ineligibility:

    • HRI does not support or sponsor educational programs with the exception of the seven HRI student scholarships.