Perennial Plant Association Calls for Research Proposals

Grant funds are available from the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) to be used for research. Although the basic criterion for research proposals is a direct relationship to the herbaceous perennial industry, preference will be given to quality proposals for research on slow-release fertilizers, height reduction by growth regulators, techniques to increase bud (eye) production, propagation techniques and invasive species.

The grants are available to any recognized non-profit entity in the United States or Canada. No overhead will be paid to the institution on these grants. Although the researcher may wish to publish the results in a refereed journal first, the grant recipient is expected to make a written report of the findings to the PPA. The written report will be published, all or in part, in Perennial Plants, the PPA journal.

The proposed research must focus on herbaceous perennials and be of potential benefit to members of the PPA. The amount of the grant awards will range from $500 to $4,000. Funds supplied by PPA may be used for plant material, research supplies, greenhouse/growth chamber/field plot rental, computer time, publication costs, travel expenses or other expenses directly related to the project. The proposal should be arranged in the following format and the text should not exceed four pages. Please note all must be included to be considered. Please supply 10 copies of the proposal.

Format of Proposal

Cover Sheet: With signatures and titles of applicable institutional officials.

Introduction: Statement of the problem and its significance to the perennial industry. Synoptic review of the literature citing several published papers.

Materials and Methods: Experimental procedures including proposed analysis of data.

Literature Cited: A full citation for each publication cited, e.g., author(s), date, title, journal or publisher for books.

Proposed Budget: Be specific as to what and where the funds will be allocated. (Expenses must be directly related to the project.)

Qualifications of Investigator(s): Limited to a one-page synoptic curriculum vitae of each researcher including experiences related to the present project.

Submit 10 copies of the proposal to: Dr. Steven Still, Executive Director, Perennial Plant Association, 3383 Schirtzinger Road, Hilliard, OH 43026.

Proposals must be post marked by June 15, 2005.

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