WRRC Research Grants

Washington Red Raspberry Commission

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Deadline: Dec 12, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Every year the Washington Red Raspberry Commission decides on the areas of research that the Board feels are most significant. Then the Commission requests proposals from those who do research through the publication of a RFP (request for proposal). Though most research has traditionally been done by Land Grant University scientists, anyone can offer a proposal for consideration.

After the annual meeting held in December, the Commission decides on the amount of funds it can spend to support research. The Commission receives the proposals and the Board chooses those they feel will benefit the industry the most. Board members are volunteers and it’s to their credit that they take the time and energy to sift through the proposals and make a decision for the good of all Washington red raspberry growers.

Washington Red Raspberry Commission Research Priorities 2020

#1 priorities

  • Develop cultivars that are summer bearing, high yielding, winter hardy, machine-harvestable, disease resistant, virus resistant and have superior processed fruit quality
  • Fruit rot including pre harvest, post-harvest, and/or shelf life.
  • Management options for control of the Spotted Wing Drosophila – including targeting systemic action on larvae
  •  Mite Management
  • Labor saving practices – ex. Pruning efficiency, public/private technology partnerships, harvester automation

#2 priorities

  • Understanding soil ecology and soil borne pathogens and their effects on plant health and crop yields.
  • Foliar & Cane diseases – i.e. spur blight, yellow rust, cane blight, powdery mildew
  • Root weevils
  • Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) – residue decline curves, harmonization
  • Weed management – horsetail, poison hemlock, wild buckwheat, nightshade

#3 priorities

  • Alternative Management Systems – fruit yield per linear foot of bed – planting densities, row spacing, trellising
  • Soil fumigation techniques and alternatives to control soil pathogens, nematodes, and weeds.
  • Nutrient Management – Revise OSU specs, Consider: timing, varieties, appl. techniques
  • Irrigation management – application techniques including pulsing
  • Viruses/crumbly fruit, pollination
  • Cherry fruitworm, cutworm management
  • Management options for control of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
  • Cane Management including suppression
  • Pest Management as it affects Pollinators
  • Effect on BRIX by fungicide and fertility programs
  • Season extension: improve viability of fresh marketing

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


  • WRRC grants are open to non-profit organizations, including commodity groups/associations and farmers' groups, private enterprises such as pest consultants and food processors, university and extension programs.