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Research Grants

TREE Fund’s research grants have contributed to improvements in plant management techniques, industry safety practices and equipment, and strategies for disease and pest control. TREE Fund encourages applications from researchers worldwide. Research proposals in the areas of Root and Soil Management; Propagation, Planting and Establishment; Plant Health Care; Risk Assessment and Worker Safety; Urban Forestry; and Technology Transfer are most likely to be funded. Other worthy research projects may also be considered for funding. Contact TREE Fund to learn more about these grant opportunities:

Hyland R. Johns Grant Program
Supports research that directly affects the work of industry professionals.
Award amount: up to $50,000
Applications accepted January 9 – April 1
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Safe Arborist Techniques Grant Program
Supports original research that creates a safer work environment for people working in the tree care industry and the general public they serve.
Award amount: up to $15,000
Applications accepted February 13 – April 1
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John Z. Duling Grant Program
Provides start up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects.
Award amount: up to $25,000
Applications accepted July 1 – October 1
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Jack Kimmel International Grant Program
Provides funding for arboriculture research projects all over the world.
Award amount: up to $10,000
Applications accepted July 1 – October 1
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Research Fellowship Grant Program
Supports mentored doctoral research projects in priority areas of arboriculture and urban forestry. The Research Fellowship Grant is offered as funds are available.
Award amount: $100,000
Applications accepted June 1 – September 1, 2018
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Directed Grant Program
With guidance from the Board of Trustees, the Research Committee may select a topic and solicit proposals from specific researchers. The size of the grant is determined by the scope of the project and funds available.

Sponsored Grant Program
Organizations or individuals may fund a research project of their choosing, to be administered by TREE Fund. The project must be compatible with the mission of TREE Fund, and funding must be secured prior to release of solicitation of proposals. Project administration is managed by TREE Fund, and an administrative fee applies.

Before applying for a grant, carefully read Grant Guidelines. Applications that do not contain all the requested information may be denied. Contact TREE Fund with questions about grant programs, the application process, and program category selection.


View an archive of past research projects supported by TREE Fund.

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