Tree Fund: Inviting applications for ‘John Z. Duling Grant Program’ to provide start-up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists.

Funding brief: The John Z. Duling Grant Program was established and funded by a bequest from the estate of John Z. Duling of Indiana, a strong advocate of research who in 1972 proposed the establishment of the ISA Research Trust. The goal of this program is to provide start-up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists. John Z. Duling Grants may be used to support exploratory work in the early stages of untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas and approaches. Examples may include application of new approaches to research questions, or application of new expertise involving novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.

Projects are expected to be completed within one to three years with a maximum grant award of $25,000. No project may receive more than one award from this program. Due to the similarity of the Jack Kimmel International Grant and John Z. Duling Grant, applicants may submit to only one of these programs per annual project funding cycle.

Note Well: In 2019, TREE Fund’s John Z. Duling Grant program will be focused specifically on plant health care, to include such sample areas of inquiry as (this list is not all-inclusive):
● Pest/pathogen biology and management;
● Resistance breeding;
● Decay assessment;
● Tree injection;
Etc.

Donor Name: Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund)
Funding name: John Z. Duling Grant Program

Deadline: The first step to apply for this grant is to send an email containing a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) of no more than 100 words describing your project title and concept between August 1st, 2019 and September, 15th, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Projects are expected to be completed within one to three years with a maximum grant award of $25,000. No project may receive more than one award from this program. Due to the similarity of the Jack Kimmel International Grant and John Z. Duling Grant, applicants may submit to only one of these programs per annual project funding cycle.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: One to three years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin.
● Current trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive grants from TREE Fund.

Letters of inquiry for Duling Grants that do not focus on topics related to plant health care will be rejected from further consideration. TREE Fund welcomes research proposals and applications from a wide range of academic and technical disciplines, of both a qualitative and a quantitative nature. TREE Fund does not fund the following types of projects, and will not accept applications for such work:
● Grants to individuals;
● Projects that are primarily municipal tree surveys or assessments;
● Tree planting programs;
● Studies of individual tree species for the primary purpose of agricultural or timber/forest planting yield;
● Commercial tree- or soil-related product testing primarily for the benefit of the company that manufactures the product

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: treefund@treefund.org

Other important link:
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How to apply: The first step to apply for this grant is to send an email containing a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) of no more than 100 words describing your project title and concept to treefund@treefund.org between August 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019. Your LOI must clearly identify the Principal Investigator and Institution who will be contracted for the work should your application be approved.

TREE Fund will evaluate whether your LOI concept meets all of our application criteria and is deemed to have a reasonable possibility of success given the year’s research priorities. If and only if your LOI is approved, TREE Fund will send you a numbered application form for your use. You may not apply without such a numbered application form, and the number of applications so provided each grant making cycle may be limited. TREE Fund determinations on whether an LOI meets the application criteria are final and not negotiable. Your completed application will only be accepted and reviewed between August 1 to October 1, 2019.

Upon completion of this application form, you will save a Word version for your records, then create a PDF version of the completed document with title in the format “PI Surname, Grant Program, Application Number” (e.g. “Smith, Duling, #19-023”), and email it as an attachment to treefund@treefund.org with a PDF of PI and Co-PI (if applicable) CVs. Staff will confirm receipt of your application at that time.

In addition to contact and CV information for the PI, Co-PI(s), and any student assistants, applicants will need the following information to complete the form. Note well that word count limits are firm and absolute. Exceeding word counts may result in your application being rejected before review. Applicants should compose their text in Word or related systems that allow counts to be confirmed before they are placed in the application form.

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