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Founded in 1997, Project GREEEN is a cooperative effort between plant-based commodities and businesses together with AgBioResearch (formerly Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station), MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through its plant-based agriculture.


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

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

 

Michigan’s Plant Initiative Seeks Research and Education Opportunities


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 2012-2013.

According to Steve Lovejoy, interim co-coordinator of Project GREEEN and associate director of MSU Extension, more than $2 million will be available for funding research projects in 2012.

“We’ve designated about $1 million for new projects,” Lovejoy explains. “The remaining funds will go toward the continuation of multiyear projects that were started in fiscal years 2010 and 2011.”

Ray Hammerschmidt, interim co-coordinator of Project GREEEN and chairperson of the Department of Plant Pathology, says successful proposals must clearly demonstrate the projects’ benefits to Michigan’s plant-based agriculture industries and be very good research.

“Funding is limited this year compared to previous years,” Hammerschmidt explains. “Our review panel consists of scientists, educators and industry professionals, and they will help ensure only the top tier proposals will be funded. We anticipate a high level of competition among proposals due to less funding.”

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 and Rural Development employees are eligible to apply.

Proposals and letters of support must be submitted through the Project GREEEN website by 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2012. Awards will be announced in March, and funds will be available in May.

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

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