Congress, at the request of the Small Fruits Industry Consortium (stakeholders supporting the NCSFR through Education & Outreach), appropriates funds to USDA NIFA and USDA ARS for the Center. These funds support small fruits ARS scientists, the Small Fruits Initiative, and research conducted primarily by scientists in the ARS and Agriculture Experiment Stations of Oregon, Washington and Idaho, since the Center is dedicated to solving problems in the Northwest region.
Funds appropriated to ARS are part of a recurring base budget. The funds from NIFA must be re-appropriated each year. The NCSFR operates under the expectation that each year approximately the same amount of funds as the previous year will be received from USDA to support the Center. Research project funding is made on an annual basis, generally with a three year horizon for full development of projects.
The NCSFR solicits and receives applications from small fruit crop researchers of the Ag experiment stations of Oregon, Idaho and Washington; USDA-ARS and other research organizations and institutions. The Center seeks applications in the following areas: Genetics, Production/Physiology, Pest Management, Wine, and Berry/Grape Processing. The RFA is mailed in June, applications are due at the end of August and are submitted to the NCSFR administrative office.
ARS and NIFA currently fund projects for up to $35,000 for one year. Projects may receive funding for a period of up to three years upon successful review of annual applications. If a multi-year project is funded for one year, there is no guarantee that funds will be available for subsequent years. Considerations for funding renewal are based in part on an evaluation of the quality and quantity of research progress and availability of funds. In some years, highly-ranked applications have received funding for more than one year, with multi-year funding released in the first year.
Request for Applications (RFA) for small fruit research follow this annual time line:
Research priorities set Annual Conference*
- RFA’s mailed out to small fruit researchers and department heads - June 1
- Deadline for researchers to submit applications - - August*
- Peer review process - October/November*
- Preliminary decisions/announcement made on applications GMC at Annual Conference*
- Final decisions/announcement made on applications - Mid December*
- Funding available on approved projects (for more information contact your Experiment Station Director) - Late Spring/Summer*
- Research progress or final reports/abstracts for Pre-proceedings due Mid-October*
- Research progress or final reports for Annual Proceedings due Mid-October*
- Research progress or final report/oral presentations for conference - November/December*
* Date to be announced annually