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Research Grants

Since 2002, TREE Fund has awarded over $3.3 million in research grants to empower tree care professionals, their customers, and the communities in which they live and work. TREE Fund encourages applications from researchers worldwide, and prioritizes proposals related to root and soil management, tree planting and establishment, plant health care, risk assessment and worker safety, urban forestry, and technology transfer. Before applying for any research grant, carefully read the guidelines provided in the links below. Contact Contact TREE Fund directly should you have questions or require additional information about these grant programs.


Hyland R. Johns Grant Program
Supports research that directly affects the work of industry professionals.
Award amount: up to $50,000
Applications accepted January 15 – March 15, 2018
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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 $10,000
Applications accepted January 15 – March 15, 2018
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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 August 1 – October 1, 2018
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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 August 1 – October 1, 2018
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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 January 15 – March 15, 2019
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Sponsored Grant Programs
Organizations or individuals may directly fund research projects that are administered by TREE Fund, which will charge a 7.5% service fee to be paid by the sponsor(s). These projects must be compatible with TREE Fund’s mission, must be designed and documented with rigorous scientific protocols, and must not serve to promote proprietary products or services. The sponsor(s) may request an open, competitive award process, or may direct their grant award to a specific, qualified researcher. Full funding (including the administrative fee) for sponsored grants must be provided to TREE Fund prior to solicitation of any proposals or award of any contracts. Researchers applying for sponsored grants, either through open call or direct non-competitive award, must adhere to the following financial policies:

  • TREE Fund requires a match of least 10% cash or in-kind support from other sources; applicant should be prepared to identify such sources;
  • TREE Fund caps institutional overhead costs in its grant awards at 10% of the total TREE Fund-funded amount of the project; unrecovered institutional overhead costs above this cap may be counted toward the required grant match.

Directed Grant Programs
TREE Fund’s Board of Trustees may occasionally select a topic of interest and solicit proposals from specific researchers. The general terms and conditions of the Sponsored Grant Programs (above) will be applied to any Directed Grant Programs as well.


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


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