Grower Research

ASCFG Grower Grants

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.

Application Deadline

February 15, 2019

Submission Email

mail@ascfg.org

Grower Grant applications (limit 2 pages) should include the following:

  • Title
  • Investigator(s) and company name(s)
  • Project Summary A brief summary of the proposed grant activities and the expected value to the cut flower industry.
  • Introduction, Justification, and Literature Review Please summarize any literature or other information that provides a basis for the problem you are proposing to investigate. Note: Company or advocacy web sites and their material should be considered carefully, or supported by neutral third-party information.
  • Objectives What are you trying to accomplish with the research, or what is the hypothesis for this work?
  • Procedures Please provide information on how you will set up the experiments, when you will start and complete the project, and what data you will collect. Be sure to include control treatments to which you will compare the experimental treatments so you will know if the experimental treatments worked, and if the hypothesis was proven or disproven. Also, be sure to specify how you will replicate the treatments either across your farm or over time.
  • Brief description of investigator’s background, including general research interests and experience.
  • Member to whom the check should be written.

Overall budget for the project, sample below

Expense CategoryUnit CostRequest from ASCFGMatching (in kind or cash)
(i.e. # hours/hourly
rate; or $/unit)
Salary/Wages
Materials/Supplies
Travel
Other (list)

Any topic appropriate to ASCFG members will be considered. Suggestions from growers include

  • Field weed control
  • Healthy soils
  • Resources for drought-tolerant cut flowers
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Off-season production and season extension
  • Field or greenhouse pest or disease control
  • Compilation of yield totals for lesser-known cut flowers
  • Field or greenhouse fertilizer and nutrition management
  • Evaluation of flowers useful for northern growers, which can be sown for harvest in August, September, and October
  • Trials of closer spacing of certain crops for potential increased yields per square foot
  • Trials and production of winter-blooming plants e.g. Pieris, Daphne
  • Evaluation of cut greens suitable for southern U.S. production

Proposals will be evaluated on the criteria outlined in: