Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

Wenatchee, Washington

Proposals & Reports

The Washington Tree Fruit Commission supports research on all tree fruit commodities. Research is funded based on per-ton assessments collected on tree fruit produced in the state.

Annual Research Reviews are held to review progress from the prior year and to present proposed projects for the coming year. Over 100 industry representatives serve on committees to help ensure the Commission identifies issues of importance to the industry and to evaluate the need and merit of proposed research and progress on funded projects.

Project awards are granted to researchers at Washington State University, Oregon State University, Cornell, Michigan State University, Pacific Agri-Food Center of Canada, USDA-ARS personnel at Wapato, Wenatchee, and across the nation, plus to other universities and organizations.

To upload proposals, reports and ppt shows, click here.

 

CHERRY

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission is accepting pre-proposals for new funding consideration for the 2015 NW Cherry Research Review. The Review will be held November 13-14, 2014 at the Best Western Hotel in Hood River, WA.

The deadline date for pre-proposal submission is September 15, 2014 at 5:00pm PST. After the deadline, all pre-proposals will be compiled and sent to the research subcommittee for review and vote. By September 24, researchers will be notified if they are invited to present their full proposal at the Review. Please follow the pre-proposal formatting which can be found on this website under the "Proposals and Reports" heading. Note: WSU researchers are required to send pre-propopsals through ARC and not directly to WTFRC. WSU's internal deadline is generally 2-3 days prior to the WTFRC deadline. Please contact Carrie Johnston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Important dates to remember:
September 15 5:pm PST:  deadline for cherry pre-proposals
September 24: Researchers notified of vote outcome
October 22 5:pm PST: Deadline all new proposals. continuing and final reports
November 10 5pm PST: Deadline for PPT shows

Washington and Oregon research committees participated in a survey to prioritize research issues for 2015.  This prioritzation list will be taken into consdieration when reviewing pre-proposal and funding requests.  The results of this survey is available to view or download by clicking on the link below. For further information or help, please contact Kathy Coffey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (509)665-8271, ext. 2.

2015__cherry_survey_summary_final.xlsx

Pre-proposal submissions should provide a brief overview of the project concept, justification, and budget. Research advisory committee members review the pre-proposals. An electronic notice is sent to researchers of the outcome of the advisory committee vote.

Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically by emailing the file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by uploading the file onto the WTFRC website at www.treefruitresearch.com. Select "Proposals and Reports" on the menu and click on "Upload Proposals & Reports".  NOTE: A NEW, SEPARATE FORM HAS BEEN CREATED FOR TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE PROJECTS.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT FORM WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR PRE-PROPOSAL.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE PRE-PROPOSAL FORM

FORMAT AND TYPE
The file must be submitted in Word format, 11 point Times New Roman type. Do not include page numbers. Do not include any headers or footers.

MARGINS
1.25” left margin; 1” right, top and bottom margin.

LENGTH
Pre-proposal form only – maximum one page.

PROPOSED DURATION
Type in the proposed duration of the project. Select 1, 2 or 3 years. Maximum length is 3 years.

PROJECT TITLE
Project title is limited to 70 characters including spaces.
If funded, this title must stay the same throughout the life of the project.

PI
Include information on each individual listed as PI or Co-PI.

You may delete extraneous Co-PI blocks.

ORGANIZATION
Self explanatory

TELEPHONE/EMAIL
Include direct phone and email contact information 

COOPERATORS
List any cooperators involved in the project.

BUDGET
List the total amount requested ONLY for each year.

JUSTIFICATION
Provide a concise summary how this research project will benefit the growers of Washington State.

OBJECTIVES
Using numbering system (1, 2, 3….) identify the specific objectives set forth in the research proposal.

 

1386032366 wordPre-proposal form download

Technology pre-proposal form

All proposals must be submitted with the proposal form found at the bottom of this page. Below are format guidelines for submitting your report. 

Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned. NOTE: A NEW, SEPARATE FORM HAS BEEN CREATED FOR TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT FORM WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR NEW PROPOSAL.


FORMAT
Word format, 11 pt. Times New Roman. Do not include page #’s, headers or footers. Mirrored margins; 1.25” left margin, 1” right, top & bottom margins

LENGTH
Maximum length is 10 pages, not including the header pages. Start proposal on separate page.

PROJECT TITLE
70 character limit including spaces. For historical tracking purposes, this title must stay the same throughout the project.

PI/Co-PI
Include information on each individual listed as PI or Co-PI. A Co-PI designation means that the individual is fully engaged and is contributing to the scientific research of the project.

COOPERATORS
List cooperators involved in the project. A cooperator is a company that is donating products or services, or an individual serving in an advisory capacity.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Direct phone line and email address for contact. Do not place contact information in table format.

TOTAL PROJECT REQUEST
Fill in the total amount of your funding request.

OTHER FUNDING SOURCES
If you are soliciting funds from other agencies, please indicate the name and amount you are requesting in this section.

WTFRC COLLABORATIVE EXPENSES
All potential WTFRC research collaboration must be discussed and approved in advance. Contact Tory Schmidt at least 2 weeks prior to proposal deadline date to discuss project viability and staff availability.  Tory can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning (509) 665-8271, ext. 4. The proposal must estimate the amount of expenses WTFRC will incur should the project be funded.  Note: This amount should be included in the total project request. If you do not anticipate collaborative expenses type in, "None" and delete the table.

BUDGET
Please prepare a budget which reflects your needs for the entire project, up to three years. WTFRC does not pay overhead charges, tuition for graduate students, publication costs, and does not fund travel to professional society meetings, including research reviews. travel budgets must contain only those costs which are directly related othe proposed project. If you are working with other institutions, itemize the budget for each entity.

Once complete, begin your project proposal on the page following the header pages and follow the format below.

JUSTIFICATION
Using layman’s terms provide a summary how this research project will benefit the growers of Washington State. Describe the subject to be investigated and the need for the research. If the issue has been addressed in the past, explain why it remains a problem.

OBJECTIVES
Using numbering system (1, 2, 3….), identify the specific objectives in the research proposal. Describe the specific goals of the proposed project. Indicate how this research meets the priorities identified by the Commission or the needs of the industry. Research priorities can be found under the crop specific headings (NW Cherry, Pear, and Apple) on this site.

METHODS
Describe the procedures and methodology to be used, the kinds and timing of expected results, and any potential problems or limitations that may be encountered.

LITERATURE REVIEW
Include a limited literature review with citations.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS
Footnotes: Can be included with 9pt. type. (Do not place in header/footer area on page setup)
Pictures/graphics: When including pictures, note that books are printed in black & white.
Temperature reporting: Please include Fahrenheit conversion.
Electronic Filing: When sending your report, name your file using researcher’s last name, key word and new, continuing or final report. For example: if Jane Doe was submitting a final report for her lenticel breakdown project it would be named, DoeLenticelfinal.doc.

New Proposal Form Download

New_proposal_form_technology.doc

 

Continuing reports must be submitted with the form found at the bottom of this page. Below are format guidelines for submitting your report.
Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned. NOTE: A NEW, SEPARATE CONTINUING REPORT FORM HAS BEEN CREATED FOR TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE SUBMISSIONS.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO USE THE CORRECT FORM WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR REPORT.


FORMAT AND TYPE
Word format, 11 pt. Times New Roman. Do not include page #’s, headers or footers. Mirrored margins; 1.25” left margin, 1” right, top & bottom margins

LENGTH
Maximum length is 6 pages, not including the header pages. Start proposal on separate page.

YEAR
Type in one of the following that best describes the status of your project next to the word "Year": 1 of 2 (reporting on 1st year of a 2-year project), 1 of 3(reporting on the 1st year of a 3 year project), or 2 of 3 (reporting on the 2nd year of a 3 year project).

PROJECT TITLE
Title must be identical to the previous year's title.

PI/Co-PI
Include information on each individual listed as PI or Co-PI. A Co-PI designation means that the individual is fully engaged and is contributing to the scientific research of the project. You may delete extraneous Co-PI blocks.

COOPERATORS
List cooperators involved in the project. A cooperator is a company that is donating products or services, or an individual serving in an advisory capacity.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Direct phone line and email address for contact. Do not place contact information in table format.

TOTAL PROJECT REQUEST
Fill in the total amount of your funding request. 

OTHER FUNDING SOURCES
If you are soliciting funds from other agencies, please indicate the name and amount you are requesting in this section.

WTFRC COLLABORATIVE EXPENSES
All potential WTFRC research collaboration must be discussed and approved in advance. Contact Tory Schmidt at least 2 weeks prior to proposal deadline date to discuss project viability and staff availability.  Tory can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning (509) 665-8271, ext. 4. The proposal must estimate the amount of expenses WTFRC will incur should the project be funded.  Note: This amount should be included in the total project request. If you do not anticipate collaborative expenses type in, "None" and delete the table.

BUDGET
Although funding is reviewed on a year-to-year basis, continuation of projects must be justified annually. Please prepare a budget which reflects your needs for the entire project, up to three years. WTFRC does not pay overhead charges, tuition for graduate students, publication costs, and does not fund travel to professional society meetings, including research reviews. Travel budgets must contain only those costs which are directly related to the project. If you are working with other institutions, itemize the budget for each entity. If your budget has changed dramatically since it was originally approved, please give an explanation in the footnote section. 

Once complete, begin your continuing report on the page following the header pages and follow the format below.

OBJECTIVES
Recap project objectives. Delineate the goals and activities for the next year. Include schedule of activities and anticipated accomplishments Explain any deviations from original objectives or schedule.

SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS
Provide a bulleted list of significant findings during the prior year(s) of the project.

METHODS
Outline the methods to be employed.

RESULTS & DISCUSSION
Focus on the findings during the prior year(s) of the project. Discuss significance to the industry and potential economic benefits. Use summary graphics.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Footnotes: Can be included with 9pt. type. (Do not place in header/footer area on page setup)
  • Pictures/graphics: When including pictures, note that books are printed in black & white.
  • Temperature reporting: Please include Fahrenheit conversion.
  • Electronic Filing: When sending your report, name your file using researcher’s last name, key word and new, continuing or final report. For example: if Jane Doe was submitting a final report for her lenticel breakdown project it would be named, DoeLenticelfinal.doc.

Continuing Report Form Download

Continuing_Report_Form_Technology.doc

The Poster Session 

All researchers who present a continuing report will also be required to participate in the poster session.  During the continuing report session presenters have only a short period of time (5-7 minutes) in which to present key research results. The poster session was created as a way for the audience to engage the researchers in one-on-one discussion following the continuing project reports.  The poster session is a relaxed atmosphere where researchers are stationed by their posters as industry people walk around and engage researchers at their leisure. 

Your Audience

The audience for the session is interested, active tree fruit industry folks who have little time to read project reports, are donating their time at a meeting, and appreciate a focus on conclusions that have an impact on their practices or advance their useful knowledge.

Helpful Poster Tips

Avoid justifications and too much background--assume the problem you were funded to work on is important and let your audience know what you accomplished, rather than how you accomplished it. 

Use graphics, minimize text, and highlight your most meaningful results. Since your data is in the written report, it is not necessary to include all data.

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will provide the poster boards.  Maximum poster size should not exceed 44”W x 40”H in order to fit comfortably on the boards.  Please bring your own Velcro to attach your poster; scissors are handy too!

 

 

Final reports must be submitted with the form found at the bottom of this page.  Below are format guidelines for submitting your report.
Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned.   NOTE: A NEW, SEPARATE REPORT FORM HAS BEEN CREATED FOR TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE SUBMISSIONS.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT FORM WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR REPORT.


FORMAT AND TYPE
Word format, 11 pt. Times New Roman. Do not include page #’s, headers or footers. Mirrored margins; 1.25” left margin, 1” right, top & bottom margins 

LENGTH
Maximum length is 10 pages, not including the header pages. Start proposal on separate page. 

PROJECT TITLE
Title must be identical to the previous year's title.

PI/CO-PI
Include information on each individual listed as PI or Co-PI. A Co-PI designation means that the individual is fully engaged and is contributing to the scientific research of the project. You may delete extraneous Co-Pi blocks. 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Direct phone line and email address for contact. Do not place contact information in table format.

COOPERATORS
List cooperators involved in the project. A cooperator is a company that is donating products or services, or an individual serving in an advisory capacity. 

OTHER FUNDING SOURCES
If you received funds from other agencies, please indicate the name and amount you received.

TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING
Recap the total amount funded through WTFRC, exclusive of any WTFRC collaborative expenses. 

Once complete, begin your final report on the page following the header pages and follow the format below. 

RECAP ORIGINAL OBJECTIVES
Provide a brief overview of the original goals of the project. 

SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS
Identify the level of accomplishment of each objective. Provide a bulleted list of significant findings during the prior year(s) of the project.

RESULTS & DISCUSSION
Focus on the findings during the prior year(s) of the project. Discuss significance to the industry and potential economic benefits. Use summary graphics

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Executive summaries are required for ending projects. This one-page report should include significant progress or outcomes and summary of finding and future directions (if applicable). Formatting requirements are the same as other project reports.
 The executive summary should be attached to the end of the final report and sent as one file.  This page does not count towards the 10-page final report maximum.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Footnotes: Can be included with 9pt. type. (Do not place in header/footer area on page setup)
  • Pictures/graphics: When including pictures, note that books are printed in black & white.
  • Temperature reporting: Please include Fahrenheit conversion.
  • Electronic Filing:  When sending your report, name your file using researcher’s last name, key word and new, continuing or final report. For example: if Jane Doe was submitting a final report for her lenticel breakdown project it would be named, DoeLenticelfinal.doc.

 

Final Report Form Download

Final_Report_Form_Technology.doc

 

 

PowerPoint shows are required for all research review presentations.  Unless otherwise indicated, new proposals and final reports, should be approximately 10 minutes in length, giving 5 minute's time for questions.  Continuing report shows should be 5 minutes in length.

When submitting your shows, please save the file as follows:

  1. Name your file by day of presentation, military time and last name of presenter. For example, John Doe’s 1:15pm show would be named, "dayone1315Doe.pps".
  2. Save your PowerPoint file as a slide show. This is done by clicking on the "Save as" button and selecting PowerPoint show from the drop down list under "Save as type" located directly below the "file name" option.

Please use discretion when creating your PowerPoint files. If you wish to submit a show with additional files such as video clips, allow two bunsiess days in advance of the deadline date for us to ensure proper operation. While we do not (yet) have a file size limit, large files are slow to open and is a bit awkward to stand in front of a large group waiting for your show to begin. Also, we retain all shows, therefore, smaller files are appreciated. 

You can send your show to via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can upload the file to our website. Go to www.treefruitresearch.com. Under "Proposals and Reports", select "Upload Proposals and Reports" and follow the directions.