Call for Research and Outreach Proposals for Funding from the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium

The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC) requests proposals for calendar year 2017 to support pertinent applied research and outreach activities on small fruit crops in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Consortium especially encourages outreach proposals that result in the development of web-based in-service agent training modules in areas such as marketing strategies, pest management, post-harvest / handling, and enterprise budgets.

While these funds may be used as supplementary support for ongoing projects, it is envisioned that the funds would serve as “seed” money to initiate new efforts. The SRSFC does not pay indirect costs. The Consortium especially has interest in multistate projects and those that involve cooperative ventures between scientists of various disciplines; and these will be given special consideration (see attached grant review scoring sheet).

Funding requests are limited to no more than $5,000. Proposals asking for over $5,000 will automatically be reduced to $5,000.

TWO proposals per Principal Investigator can be submitted this funding cycle (in either the research or the outreach category or one in each category). Additionally, anyone can be co-P.I. on more than one proposal. Projects funded over the past few years can be seen on the SRSFC web site at

Research and Outreach proposals must include the following information and must utilize the template given on the last page of this document (Proposals received that do not utilize the template will be returned).

The entire proposal should not exceed five pages in length. Individuals outside Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia may be included in projects, but the principal investigator must be from one of the member states. Proposals dealing with pesticide evaluations and labeling may be eligible for matching funds (up to one half) from the IR-4 Performance Program.

Research and Outreach proposals will be evaluated and prioritized by the Steering Committee of the Consortium, and recommendations for funding will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for their concurrence.

The deadline for receiving proposals is October 28, 2016, and final decisions on proposals to be funded, along with notifications to awardees will be made by mid-January, 2017. The funding period will run from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Funds must be expended during that timeframe. No-cost extensions can be granted if necessary to complete the proposed work. Progress and/or final reports from projects funded in 2017 will be posted on the SRSFC website.

If you received a SRSFC grant in 2016, a progress report or final report must be submitted before December 1, 2016. Details on the progress / final report submission procedure will be sent to the 2016 grant recipients. Proposals submitted for 2017 by investigators funded in 2016 who do not submit a progress or final report by December 1, 2016 will not be considered for 2017 funding.

Send proposals electronically to .

See below for template instructions.


Instructions for Completing Template

  • Indicate whether Proposal is Research or Outreach
  • Indicate whether this is a new project or if the project has been funded by SRSFC in the past; if it has been funded in the past, then indicate how many years of funding have been received
  • Title
  • Name, Mailing and Email Address of Principal Investigator(s)
  • Objectives
  • Justification and Description
  • Budget (The SRSFC does not pay indirect costs)

Proposal Template. (Complete all sections)

Proposal Category:   ___Research       ___Outreach

Proposal Status: ___ New Proposal   ___Previously funded by SRSFC; has been previously funded for ___ years


Name, Mailing and Email Address of Principal Investigator(s):


Justification and Description:

Budget (The SRSFC does not pay indirect costs; maximum funding is $5,000):

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