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: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN EXISTING AGREEMENT WITH WA TREE FRUIT RESEARCH COMMISSION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO FULLY
EXECUTE THE APPROPRIATE AGREEMENT BELOW IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FUNDS.
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.
PROPOSED DURATION: Choose from the drop-down box either 1, 2 or 3 years
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: Choose from the drop-down box either "Requested", "Awarded" or "None" If you are soliciting funds from other agencies, please indicate the name and amount you are requestingor was awarded in this section.
Contract Administrator: This required information guarantees that the financial people at your institution know you are funded and will begin the contracting process on your behalf.
Station Manager/Supervisor: This is optional, however WSU Station Managers and many USDA-ARS supervisors have requested that they be notified of the results your grant requests. Include their name and email address if you wish them to be notified. If left blank, they will not be notified.
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 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.
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.docx.