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Peanut Butter for the Hungry

The Peanut Foundation is soliciting research proposals to address key industry concerns. This is the only proposal request the Peanut Foundation will have for 2018.

Recent input from the U.S. peanut industry indicates needs for research in the categories listed below.  The previously funded Peanut Genome Initiative has been completed, but more follow-up research is needed. Based on available funding, the Peanut Foundation will potentially support research or educational programs that address any of these subject matter areas:

Needs of the Peanut Industry

Germplasm Support

  • Free Germplasm Exchange; Open Availability of Genetic Resources
  • Support for Development of Inter-Specific Populations; Introgression of Useful Traits
  • More Structured Populations
  • Genotype and Phenotype Core Collection
  • Re-sequence Entire Germplasm Collection
  • Re-sequence drought susceptible and tolerant groups of genotypes

Genomic and Genetic Information Management

  • Improved Genomic Techniques
  • Marker Assisted Selection for Improved Cultivars
  • Informatics/Information Systems; Maintain/Update PeanutBase

Yield/Grade Improvement

  • Yield and Grade/Economic Return

Biotic and Abiotic Stress Mitigation

  • Leafspot Research
  • Nematode Research
  • Peanut Smut
  • Develop Markers for Key Diseases - TSWV, Sclerotinia, White Mold, CBR
  • Drought Tolerance

Traits Important to Manufacturers/Consumers

  • Flavor
  • High O/L; Continue Some Research on Normal Oleic Peanuts
  • Uniform Kernel Size Distribution
  • Aflatoxin Research
  • Maintain/Enhance Heath Benefits


  • Improved Water Efficiency
  • Improved Efficiency of Inputs
  • Soil Health
  • Protection of Beneficial Organisms/Pollinators

Genetic Techniques Development

  • Educational Efforts to Enhance MAS technology in U.S. Breeding Programs


Submission of a proposal does not guarantee funding. Funding is only available for a 12-month period, after notification of approval. Requests to continue multi-year projects must be submitted annually. All researchers receiving Peanut Foundation funding are expected to attend and report progress during the American Peanut Council Winter Conference which will be held in December 2018 in Atlanta, GA.  Please budget accordingly for travel to this meeting in your proposal.


Any scientist/researcher affiliated with a research institution or organization (public or private) that has the facilities to deliver results and that demonstrates the expertise to perform peanut research described above is eligible to apply.  We encourage multiple institution and component collaboration.  International researchers are eligible for funding only if they are collaborating with U.S. researchers. 


Proposals may address multiple areas listed above but must not exceed 10 pages, including vitae, and should be organized in the following format: 

Proposal Title

1. Project Summary

Brief summary of the proposed research, anticipated products and potential benefits to the peanut industry)

  1. Principal investigator(s), Institution or Organization address
  2. Contact Person, full mailing address including phone, fax and email
  3. Collaborators

2. Research Objectives

3. Annual Budget

Indirect costs will not be funded, but will be considered as an institutional investment in the project.  In most cases, major capital items of equipment will not be funded.

  1. Summary (separate line items for salary & benefits, supplies, outside services, travel)
  2. Budget Explanation and Justification (for each budgetary line item)
  3. Other funding that supports the proposed research (Source & nature of support)

4. Technical Review

Review of previous research relevant to objectives, state of art, and pertinent technical items.

5. Research Methods & Approach

Provide sufficient information on plans and methods to be used in obtaining project objectives and a rationale for how it will contribute to the solution of the project objectives. Also describe the facilities and equipment available to conduct proposed research.  If your project is approved, the equipment and facilities described will become a part of our research contract with you.

6. Implementation Statement

A statement that demonstrates a vision of how the results could be implemented or utilized by the peanut industry.  This will be a major consideration in project funding.

7. Schedule of Events

A time schedule of the major steps outlined in the proposal, and a proposed length of the project.  Multi-year projects will be considered, however, funding must be approved on a year-to-year basis and availability of future funding is not guaranteed. 

8. List Facilities & Equipment Available

9. Investigator Qualifications

Include a brief vitae for each investigator, including citations for publications within the past five years.

Evaluation criteria include: scientific merit, relevance to the advancement of the U.S. peanut industry, estimated timeline for the availability, release or commercial application of anticipated products from the research, availability of equipment and facilities, probability of success, and appropriateness of the budget. The Board of Directors of the Peanut Foundation will approve the projects to be funded and the amount of funds allocated for each project.

Proposals to The Peanut Foundation for 2018 must be submitted online.  The address is: http://peanutfoundation.org. Proposals must be submitted by February 28, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Please follow the instructions at the website. The review process will be completed in March with notification soon thereafter. Be sure to print one copy of the project summary page only and email at the time of submission to: Steve Brown, The Peanut Foundation, 1500 King Street, Suite 301, Alexandria, VA  22314 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 229-387-1655).