North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation


The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation (NABGRF) is a tax-exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization adjunct to the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association. The Foundation was chartered in August, 1998 to facilitate NARBA’s ability to receive donations and make grants to fund caneberry research. As of 2023, the Foundation has granted a total of $332,879 to 118 projects at universities in the U.S. and Canada and USDA research centers.

Image courtesy of Bernadine Strik at the Oregon State University North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Request for Proposals

NABGRF seeks proposals for caneberry research annually. Special consideration will be given to proposals related to the specific priorities established by the review committee each year.

  • Pest Management Strategies
  • Production Efficiency and Profitability
  • Cultivar Development and Testing
  • Special Needs including but not limited to:
    • Marketing
    • Product Development for caneberry value added products
    • Health benefits research

Past and Currently Funded Projects List


NABGRF has been funding projects since 2008. Our archive contains reports submitted by researchers at the end of their funding year. In cases where research is ongoing reports do not represent final reports on the project. This section is updated on a regular basis and report summaries can often be found in our member-only Bramble newsletter.

NARBA Research Foundation Donate


The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation relies on donations to continue its support of berry resarch. Your donation helps support research into caneberry genetics, pest and disease control, post-harvest technology, nutritional benefits, and many other areas. All contributions are gratefully accepted — and help make a difference.

Research is Vital NARBA’s Mission

Our goal to actively support a vibrant and healthy raspberry and blackberry industry begins with research.