**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 committed to supporting research that advances the floral industry through our Floriculture Research Funding Application. The work and expertise of university researchers are extremely important to us and the future of floriculture. AFE-funded 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.

Because there are always more funding requests than funding, each proposal will be evaluated for potential benefit to the industry. We encourage each researcher to review the AFE research priorities listed below. Our priorities are focused on all floricultural crops, including fresh-cut flowers and greens, flowering and foliage potted plants, bedding plants, and perennials. Projects benefitting any industry segment, from grower to the consumer will be considered for funding.

In no specific order, the priorities are:

  • Sustainable Production and Handling Practices Including Water Use Efficiency and Growing Media
  • Reduction of the Impact of Climate Change on Production, Handling, and Product Quality
  • Biocontrol of Pests
  • Advanced Breeding Technology, including CRISPR
  • Long-Term Storage and Shipping Conditions for Cut Flowers, Bedding, and Potted Plants
  • Production Technology
  • Postharvest Technology
  • Botrytis Control and Management
  • Thrips Control and Management
  • Automation, Technology, and AI Leading to Labor Savings

Application Deadline: Application forms are due no later than August 1st.