The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation, Inc. (NABGRF). seeks proposals for caneberryresearch for the year 2020. Special consideration will be given to proposals related to the specific priorities established for this round of funding as shown below. The highest priorities for 2020 in Pest Management Strategies and Production Efficiency and Profitability are highlighted. However all caneberry proposals will be considered, including topics not on this list. Proposals will be accepted from universities and institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.   The deadline for proposals for 2020 grants is January 15, 2020.

Pest Management Strategies

  • Evaluation of new pesticides (insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, including biological pesticides) for blackberry and raspberry production
  • Management of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) 
  • Non-chemical strategies for pest control 
  • Soil borne disease and nematode management
  • Investigation of virus resistance 

Production Efficiency and Profitability

  • Pruning and training systems to improve production 
  • Management systems that reduce labor inputs 
  • Management of blackberry red drupelet reversion  
  • Management of blackberries and raspberries in tunnels and shade structures (pruning, training and trellis systems) (9)
  • Post-harvest handling for small farmers 
  • Nitrogen management  
  • Development of cultural practices to aid in extreme climate/weather events  
  • Dealing with heat/UV damage to fruit using horticultural management 
  • Using horticultural management techniques or improved cultivars to machine harvest for fresh market 
  • Pruning practices for primocane-fruiting blackberries  

Cultivar Development and Testing

  • Breeding for tolerance to environmental issues
  • Identification of genes that control white drupelets
  • Breeding for longer chilling and development of secondary buds
  • Breeding for reduced blackberry red drupelet reversion
  • Black raspberry development, including thornlessness and earlier/later ripening cultivars

Special Needs

  • Marketing
  • Health benefits research

Since 1999, NABGRF has funded a total of 104 proposals totaling $267,088. Funding for individual projects is expected to range from $2000-$5000. In order to expedite the process, we ask that your request stay within this range. Please note that the NABGRF does not  pay overhead or “indirect” costs. 

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the NABGRF.  The Research Committee will forward their recommendations to the NABGRF Board of Trustees. Both groups generally meet in association with the NARBA annual conference (this year, in St. Louis March 3-6, 2020). Final funding decisions are made by the Board of Trustees. Notice of awards will be sent out in late March 2020. For more information, email either of the NABGRF Research Co-Coordinators, Patrick Byers and Jeff Chandler.

The deadline for proposals for 2020 grants is January 15, 2020.   Email your proposal as a PDF file to by this date.

See the Proposal Guidelines