TREE Fund: Hyland R. Johns Grant Program

Tree Fund


Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2018

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Unaffiliated Researcher Research Scientist Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Introduction

Established in 1995 to honor one of the leaders in the arboriculture industry and a founder of the ISA Research Trust, the Hyland R. Johns Grant Program funds longer term research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists. Projects are expected to be completed within three to five years, with a maximum award value of $50,000. No project may receive more than one award from this program.

Tree Fund Research Priorities

TREE Fund’s current research priorities include the following areas of professional interest; proposals outside of these core areas must clearly and explicitly identify why TREE Fund consideration of the requested scopes of work is warranted:

  • Root and soil management:
    • Many urban tree problems originate below ground. Promoting root development, protecting roots from injury, managing conflicts with infrastructure, improving existing soil, and/or use of other media for root growth are issues that arborists encounter regularly.
  • Tree planting and establishment:
    • Methods of ensuring survival and vigorous growth of trees after planting are of concern to arborists and the entire green industry.
    • Arborists are increasingly dealing with problems that originate in or could be avoided during the planting process.
  • Plant health care:
    • Healthy plants have more effective defense systems, are better able to resist pests, and often require less life-time investment of resources for successful performance in the field.
    • Improved understanding of natural and anthropogenic factors that impact plant health is most likely to lead to new pest/pathogen management strategies for use in the field.
  • Risk assessment and worker safety:
    • Safety is a major concern to practicing arborists, especially as incomplete knowledge of potential hazards can be a life-or-death issue for both tree workers and the public they serve.
    • Detection and prevention of structural degradation of trees via decay and other factors are especially important
    • . However, practitioners face additional challenges when working in sites with live utility wires and whenever their work requires leaving the ground to attend to problem areas.
    • Thus, research leading to improved equipment and work practices is also a high priority.
  • Urban and community forest management:
    • Trees offer significant economic and health benefits to their home communities, and maximizing these benefits requires an improved understanding of how urban forest ecosystems function, how they should be managed, and how they interact with people in communities and at the urban/rural interface.

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Eligibility:

  • TREE Fund requires a match of least 10% cash or in-kind support from other sources; applicant should be prepared to identify such sources;
  • TREE Fund caps institutional overhead costs in its grant awards at 10% of the total TREE Fund-funded amount of the project; unrecovered institutional overhead costs above this cap may be counted toward the required grant match.
  • TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin.

Ineligibility:

  • Current trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive grants from TREE Fund.