Request for Proposals

The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation, Inc. (NABGRF). seeks proposals for caneberry research for the year 2021. 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 2021 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 and from NARBA-member farms and businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.   The deadline for proposals for 2022 grants is January  15, 2022.

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  
  • Pollination and its impact on production

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 109 proposals totaling $291,875. 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., which will meet in February 2022, prior to the 2022 North American Raspberry Conference (Feb 21-24, 2022). The Research Committee forwards their recommendations to the NABGRF Board of Trustees, which makes the final funding decisions. Notice of awards will be sent out in March 2022. For more information, email either of the NABGRF Research Co-Coordinators, Patrick Byers and Jeff Chandler.

The deadline for proposals for 2022 grants is January 15, 2022.   Email your proposal as a PDF file to by this date.

See the Proposal Guidelines