The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers periodically awards funding to cut flower growers for on-farm research. Results of the research should benefit specialty cut flower growers in the field or greenhouse. The program is open only to current ASCFG members who have grown cut flowers commercially for at least three years.
Grants ranging from $500 to $2000 may be awarded to qualified projects. Matching funds are encouraged.
Half the grant payment will be made at the start of the project, with the balance paid after the successful completion of the research, as well as submission of a complete, coherent report for publication in The Cut Flower Quarterly.
No overhead costs will be funded. Final reports will be due three months after completion of the work for which the grant was awarded. Final reports should be in the form of an article for The Cut Flower Quarterly. The ASCFG expects to receive copies of any abstracts, publications, and presentations (titles and locations) resulting from the funding research project. Recipients should be prepared to present results from the research project at the ASCFG National Conference or other ASCFG event.
Proposed work should be for one year or less in duration, but can be part of a multi-year project. Recipients of a grant for a multi-year project will be given preference when they apply for funding in subsequent years.
Grant winners will be periodically contacted by the ASCFG to confirm progress of the project. It is suggested that applicants read the document “How to Write an ASCFG Grower Grant” before applying.
Grant proposals must be submitted to the ASCFG at by March 1, 2017.
Proposals should be two pages or shorter in length and in the following format:
2. Investigators and affiliations
6. Brief description of investigator’s background, including general research interests
7. Overall budget for the project. If only a portion of the funding is from the ASCFG, list
other sources, including your own business. Matching funds are encouraged but not
required. Indicate the uses for the ASCFG portion of the funding. Infrastructure cannot be
8. Grower to whom the check should be written.
Any topic for research will be considered; suggestions from growers include:
· Evaluation of cut greens suitable for southern U.S. production
· Resources for drought-tolerant cut flowers
· Trials and production of winter-blooming plants e.g. Pieris, Daphne
· Compilation of yield totals for lesser-known cut flowers
· Field or greenhouse fertilizer and nutrition management
· Irrigation and water management
· Evaluation of flowers useful for northern growers, which can be sown for harvest in August, September, and October
· Healthy soils
· Off-season production and season extension
· Trials of closer spacing of certain crops for potential increased yields per square foot