Proposal Guidelines

This format is recommended for proposals submitted to the North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation. Proposals that do not adequately address these points may not be considered for funding.  

  1. Title page: Include name of researcher(s), affiliation(s), address, email, phone, and fax numbers.  
  2. Rationale: Beginning on a separate page, the rationale for conducting the proposed research should be stated clearly. Relevant literature should be cited to demonstrate how the proposed research will contribute to the knowledge base and create benefits for growers.
  3. Objectives: Objectives should be stated in logical sequence.
  4. Procedure: Sufficient details of procedures should be given to allow the committee to evaluate the proposal. For field studies, a location and description of the site, soil type and cropping history would be useful. All proposals should contain a description of the experimental design, including the number of replications and proposed method of data analysis.
  5. Timetable: A timetable should be included which details the project completion date and anticipated submission of the final report. If funding is for multiple years, the researcher should provide dates when progress will be given.
  6. Budget: The budget should contain a list of expenditures detailed as to plant material, labor, supplies and maintenance, equipment and other miscellaneous costs. The committee looks favorably upon projects which are considered worthy by other institutions.
  7. References cited.
  8. Cooperative agreement: Each proposal must contain the signatures of chairman of the department, the dean of the college, or the head of the division, or some other verification that the proposal has been reviewed by the institution. Proposals will be accepted from universities and institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Recipients of multiple year funding (if such funding is available) agree to provide the NABG Research Foundation with annual progress reports. 
  9. Personnel: Personnel other than the principal investigator(s) should be listed, along with their responsibilities relating to the project.
  10. Vitae: A brief vitae of the principal investigator(s) would be useful to the committee.

Please note: The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation, a non-profit organization, does not pay overhead or “indirect” costs.

Final Reports: Acceptance of funding commits the principal investigator(s) to submitting a final report to the committee for distribution to the members of NARBA. This report should contain a brief introduction to the problem, a description of the experimental design, a summary of results and conclusions.

Continuation of Funding: Research projects originally designated for one or more years may receive additional funding. However, re-submission of the original proposal must be made each year. A budget for the additional year of funding should be included as well as how an additional year will further add to the results.

Annual Report: An annual report should be submitted by November 30, 2023 for 2023 projects. An annual report must be submitted in order for a proposal to be considered for continued funding. The report may be used in the NARBA newsletter, “The Bramble,” and will be posted to the NARBA website. Funded projects are also invited to send a poster for display at the NARBA annual conference. 

Notification of Funding: The researcher(s) will be notified within 30 days of the of the Foundation’s meeting as to its decision. 

Proposal and Annual Report Deadlines: January 13, 2023 is the deadline for submissions of proposals for 2023 Funding.  November 30, 2023 is the deadline for submissions for 2023 reports. Projects that are continuing may submit interim reports and arrange to submit a final report at a later date.

To Submit Your Proposal and Annual Report: Email your document as a PDF file to by the deadline above. Please keep file size reasonable; files of less than 3 MB are preferred.