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Research Grants

The 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.  The TREE Fund encourages applications from researchers worldwide.  Research proposals in the areas of Root and Soil Management; Planting and Establishment; Plant Health Care; Risk Assessment and Worker Safety; and Urban Forestry are most likely to be funded.  Other worthy research projects may also be considered for funding.  Contact the 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 $25,000
Applications accepted January 1 – April 1
Read more and apply…

John Z. Duling Grant Program
Provides start up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects.
Award amount: up to $10,000
Applications accepted July 1 – October 1
Read more and apply…

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
Read more and apply…

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

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 the TREE Fund.  The project must be compatible with the mission of the TREE Fund, and funding must be secured prior to release of solicitation of proposals.  Project administration is managed by the 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 the TREE Fund with questions about grant programs, the application process, and program category selection.


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

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Bartlett Tree Experts co-sponsored a symposium with the Chicago Botanic Gardens that we called 'Trees as a Legacy in Design and Development.' We had world class speakers including Peter Walker, the co-creator of the 9/11 National Memorial. Three out of our five speakers cited research they conducted that was made in part due to TREE Fund dollars! It was amazing to hear Dr. Michael Raupp, Dr. Kathy Wolf and Dr. Kelby Fite all mention the TREE Fund as contributing to their work. This is applied research at its best. When research projects such as these funded by the TREE Fund are centerpieces of conference talks I know our fundraising efforts are in the right direction. What made this even better was that the audience was NOT arborists. TREE Fund dollars were talking to landscape architects, architects, planners and government officials. There is not better advertisement for the TREE Fund than to hear applied research education allied professions to make the world a better place through trees.

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