**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 the trusted source and catalyst for floriculture advancement through funding of innovative research, scholarships, internships, and educational grants that best serve the dynamic needs and demographics of all industry sectors.AFE 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. AFE is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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

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

Application Deadline: August 1, 2022

More information and the application to apply can be found here: https://endowment.org/research-proposal-forms-timeline/