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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 e-mail 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