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Peanut Butter for the Hungry

The Peanut Foundation (TPF) is soliciting general & genomic proposals to address research priorities relevant to the needs of the peanut industry (http://www.peanutbioscience.com). This is the only TPF request for research proposals for 2016. Proposal selection and budgetary award will be based on available funds.

TPF will consider 2017 proposals in the following research areas:

  • o  Sequencing & Assembly of Arachis genomes, including evaluation of new technologies
  • o  Characterization & Transfer of Useful Genetic Diversity from Wild to Cultivated Peanuts
  • o  Characterization of Gene Function & Genetic Regulation of Biological Mechanisms
  • o  Development of DNA Markers & Technologies that Facilitate Marker-Assisted Selection
  • o  Mapping QTL for Crop Protection & Quality Trait Phenotypes in Structured Populations
  • o  Expansion of Bioinformatic Resources and Improved Utility of the Breeder’s Toolbox
  • o  Variety Development & Crop Production Practices
  • o  Enhancement of Product Flavor, Nutrition & Safety, including Aflatoxin Reduction


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 submit an annual written report and deliver an oral presentation to document project progress during the American Peanut Council Winter meeting held in December 2017. 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. Scientists affiliated with the International Peanut Genome Initiative or working on other crops may participate in the genomic proposals via formal collaboration with U.S. investigators. Collaboration among multiple institutions is encouraged.


Proposals may address multiple research areas listed above but must not exceed 15 pages including attachments. Proposals must be presented in the following format on the enclosed form:

Proposal Format

Application Cover Page
List project title; contact information for the Principle Investigators, Collaborating Scientists, and the Authorized Officer at the PI’s employing institution; Total funds requested for 2016; the start date and award in 2015 if the project was funded previously; mark the research areas that are addressed by the proposal.

Research Plans

  1. Objectives
  2. Approach (provide the following information for each Objective)
    1. Justification (provide statements that demonstrate a vision of how results from the work on the Objective could be implemented or utilized by the peanut industry. This will be a major consideration in project funding.)
    2. Activities (describe what will be done)
    3. Methods (describe how the work will be done, and the role of collaborators)
    4. Outcomes (list deliverables that will issue from the work)
    5. Timeline (provide a schedule for achieving major steps in the work under the Objective)
  3. References cited in the proposed Approach
  4. Facilities & Equipment Available (describe the facilities and equipment available to conduct proposed research. Equipment and facilities described in approved projects will become a part of the TPF research contract)
  5. Research Progress to Date or Preliminary Data (describe what has been accomplished or data that suggests new work is needed and achievable in a timely manner)
  6. Publications since 2014 (Please make a separate list for each scientist associated with the proposal. Please remove duplicate citations)
  7. Annual Budget (prepare a separate itemized 2016 budget for salary & benefits, supplies, outside services, travel for each PI and collaborating scientist. Explain and justify each budget item. 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. Multi-year projects may be submitted; but, funding must be approved on a year-to-year basis).

Each proposal will be evaluated and prioritized by the Peanut Foundation’s Technical Review Committee based on data submitted to the website. Evaluation criteria include: relevance and progress toward goals of the Peanut Genomic Initiative Strategic Plan; estimated timeline for the availability, release or commercial application of anticipated products from the research; the scientific merit, conceptual adequacy & innovation contained in the proposal; suitability of the investigators, equipment and facilities; probable success of the planned research; and appropriateness of the budget. An example evaluation sheet used by the Technical Review panel is available upon request. The Board of Directors of The Peanut Foundation will consider the Technical Review panel recommendations, and determine the amount of funds allocated to selected proposals contingent upon the receipt of donations to the Peanut Foundation.

Proposals to The Peanut Foundation for 2017 must be submitted online by October 15, 2016 to be eligible for consideration. The approval process will be completed in December with notification as funds are available. 

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