**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is an independent nonprofit organization that funds research and scholarships in floriculture and environmental horticulture for the benefit of growers, wholesalers, retailers, allied industry organizations and the general public. Their research solves scientific challenges posed by disease, pests, and other environmental issues. This research benefits not only growers but every segment of the industry down to the consumer. The Endowment’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30, therefore funding for projects begins in July of next fiscal year.

The primary research priorities under this opportunity are listed below. They are focused on all floricultural crops – bedding plants, fresh cut flowers, fresh cut greens, flowering potted plants, and foliage plants.

  • Botrytis Control and Management
  • Thrips Control and Management
  • Biocontrol of Pests
  • 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
  • Sustainable Production and Handling Practice
  • Reduce the Impact of Climate Change on Production, Handling and Product Quality

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Announcement:  https://endowment.org/research-proposal-forms-timeline/