Research Proposal Guidelines

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Submission of Proposals

Proposals are required for all projects considered by the Research Committee.  Projects are to be completed within 2 years’ time. If the project cannot be completed within that time, grantee will submit a progress report and request for extension.  Proposals for sponsored grants are limited to the size specified in the RFP. The schedule for submission of proposals and awarding of grant is dependent on the individual project.

Proposals must clearly describe the project and research team.

Information to be provided includes:

  1. Project Title
  2. Investigator (name, title, address, phone)
  3. Statement of problem and objective of project
  4. Significance of proposed project to the arboricultural industry
  5. Brief description of what is currently known about proposed research area, or currently available for education projects
  6. Research plan or outline of education project
  7. Budget (minimum funding requested, estimated completion date, how funds will be used, matching funds, other funds contributing to project)
  8. Relevant citations by investigator

Criteria for Project Selection

Projects funded through the WCISA must be scientifically based, meet the research priorities of the WCISA , and provide accurate and unbiased information. The Committee will consider a wide range of project types: basic research, applied research, technology transfer, education, innovative demonstrations (if strong technology transfer component).
Projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Approach
    Is the project feasible and scientifically sound? Are the proposed methods and existing resources appropriate for successful completion of the project?  Is the project creative in its approach to the problem?
  2. Performance
    Is it likely the project can be completed in the time frame planned?  Are the outcomes of the project realistic? How will the information be disseminated?  Do investigators have necessary qualifications to accomplish the project?
  3. Funding
    Are requested funds sufficient to complete the project? Are there other funds to be used on project?  Is there adequate explanation of how funds will be used?  Is the potential cost/benefit ratio for this project appropriate?
  4. Impact/Appropriate topic
    Does the project address a problem/issue within the Trust’s priority research/technology transfer areas?  Will this project be useful for the arboricultural industry?  Will this project have application to a broad international sector?

Timeline for Submissions and Awards

  • RFPs go out end of December, for funds to be granted one year in the future.
  • Pre-Proposals due February 28.
  • Full Proposals due by May 31.
  • Awardees chosen by the Research Committee, and ratified by the Board at the September meeting.
  • Awardees will notified by September 30.
  • Grants are initiated in January.


The Britton Fund Research Committee is charged with the following tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Identifying research needs of the Western Chapter that are not being addressed by other granting agencies;
  2. Developing requests for proposals (RFP) for research and education projects of interest and value to its members;
  3. Evaluating proposals submitted to the Fund for scientific soundness and applicability to research priorities;
  4. Funding projects deemed appropriate, desirable and feasible, and monitoring their progress;
  5. Facilitating distribution of information generated from research projects grants.
  6. Maintaining records of active and completed projects.
  7. Submitting committee reports to the Britton Fund Board of Directors.