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The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is calling for research proposal applications for the 2020-2021 funding cycle.

Secure funding for your floriculture research project by applying before the June 1, 2020 deadline.

The primary research funding priorities are relevant to all segments of the floral industry and include:

  • Postharvest Technology
  • Production Technology
  • Advanced Breeding Technology, including CRISPR
  • Long-Term Storage and Shipping Conditions for Cut Flowers, Bedding and Potted Plants
  • Automation and Technology Leading to Labor Savings
  • Botrytis Control and Management
  • Thrips Control and Management

AFE’s new research proposal application process established last year allows for a single application form to be used to help streamline the researcher’s request for funding.

Research projects can last from one to three years and any reasonable but justifiable budget will be considered.

For the current 2019-2020 cycle, the Endowment is funding more than $500,000 in research.

AFE’s currently-funded research is available online, as well as final research reports from previously funded projects.

“If you have a project idea, please reach out to us”, says Dr. Terril Nell, AFE’s Research Coordinator.  “We are always available to discuss industry priorities and new projects for funding that will benefit the industry”.

Learn more about the application process and access the application form at