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Proposals will be accepted in four categories: basic research, applied research, Extension/education/demonstration and seed grants. All Michigan State University and Michigan Department of Agriculture employees are eligible to apply.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Beth Stuever
517-432-1555, ext. 105

Michigan’s plant initiative seeks research and education opportunities

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Scientists and educators who focus on plant agriculture have an opportunity to further their portfolios thanks to funds being made available by Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs) at Michigan State University (MSU). Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative, has issued its request for proposals (RFP) for fiscal year 2011.

More than $2 million will be available for funding research projects in 2011. Approximately $1 million has been designated for new projects, with the remaining funding for continuation of multiyear projects started in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

An RFP application and a complete listing of updated plant commodity research and educational priorities are available at www.greeen.msu.edu.

Proposals will be accepted in four categories: basic research, applied research, Extension/education/demonstration and seed grants. All Michigan State University and Michigan Department of Agriculture employees are eligible to apply.

Doug Buhler, associate director of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and Project GREEEN coordinator, says successful proposals must clearly demonstrate the projects’ benefits to Michigan’s plant-based agriculture industries.

"Research and Extension activities should complement ongoing programs or assist in exploring new ventures," Buhler explains. "Our review panel consists of scientists, educators and industry professionals, and they will ensure that all funded proposals address critical research and education priorities identified by the state’s plant commodity and stakeholder groups."

Proposals and letters of support must be submitted through the Project GREEEN website by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Awards will be announced in March, and funds will be available in April.

Founded in 1997, Project GREEEN is a cooperative effort between plant-based commodities and businesses together with the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to advance Michigan’s economy through its plant-based agriculture. Its mission is to develop research and educationalprograms in response to industry needs, ensure and improve food safety, andprotect and preserve the quality of the environment.

To learn more about Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative at MSU, visit www.greeen.msu.edu.

 

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