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:
Genomic and Genetic Information Management
Biotic and Abiotic Stress Mitigation
Traits Important to Manufacturers/Consumers
Genetic Techniques Development
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:
1. Project Summary
Brief summary of the proposed research, anticipated products and potential benefits to the peanut industry)
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.
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.