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Jack Kimmel research program and Tree Fund cultivating innovation in Canada

Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) is shaping the future of trees and the arboriculture profession. Established in 2002 via a merger of the International Society of Arboriculture Research Trust and the National Arborist Foundation, TREE Fund has awarded over $4.3 million in grants toward its mission of identifying and funding programs that support the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry.

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These grants are available to researchers whose work is primarily outside of the United States. Projects are expected to be completed within one to two years.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Root and soil management.
  • Tree planting and establishment.
  • Plant health care.
  • Risk assessment and worker safety.
  • Urban and community forest management.

Required Languages

English.

Eligible Countries

ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.

Program Period

One to two years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Staff will screen all applications for applicant eligibility, word counts, alignment with TREE Fund mission, and compliance with minimum requirements, then forward compliant applications to TREE Fund’s Research and Education Committee. Members of this committee will score your proposal as follows:

  • Qualifications of the investigative team: 10 points.
  • The potential impact of the project: 25 points.
  • Approach: 35 points.
  • Dissemination plan: 10 points.
  • Feasibility: 15 points.
  • Discretionary: 5 points.
  • Total Maximum Possible Score: 100 points.

TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin. Current trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive grants from TREE Fund.

Opportunity Cost

(Award)

Maximum of $10,000.

Budget Elements, Including:

  • Institutional Compensation, Stipends and Benefits.
  • Travel and Transportation.
  • Equipment (e.g. Vehicles, Growth Chambers, Etc.).
  • Other Materials and Supplies (e.g. Paper, Ink, Etc.).
  • Contract Labor (Consultants, Speakers, Etc.).
  • Institutional Overhead (Maximum 10%).
  • Other/Miscellaneous.
  • Cash or In-Kind Funding from Other Sources (Minimum 10%; unrecovered institutional overhead may be applied to meet this minimum).

How to Apply

First Step: Send an email containing a brief (no more than 100 words) description of your project title and concept to treefund@treefund.org between August 1 and October 1, 2019.

Second Step: After that TREE Fund staff with confirm eligibility for consideration, and if your concept qualifies, will send you a numbered application form for your use.

Third Step: In addition to contact and CV information for the PI, Co-PI(s), and any student assistants, applicants will need the following information to complete the form. Note well that word count limits are firm and absolute. Exceeding word counts may result in your application being rejected before review:

  • Overall Project Summary, Including Overarching Goals (400 Words Maximum).
  • Description of Measurable Outputs/Outcomes (250 Words Maximum).
  • Current Knowledge/Past Research in Project Area (1,000 Words Maximum, excluding in-text literature citations as described at the end of this section.
  • Project Work Plan (1,500 Words Maximum).
  • .Dissemination Plans (300 Words Maximum)
    Literature Cited.

Fourth Step: Upon completion of this application form, you will save a Word version for your records, then create a PDF version of the completed document with title in the format “PI Surname, Grant Program, Application Number(e.g. “Smith, Kimmel, #19-023”), and email it as an attachment to treefund@treefund.org with a PDF of PI and Co-PI (if applicable) CVs. Staff will confirm receipt of your application at that time.In addition to contact and CV information for the PI, Co-PI(s), and any student assistants.

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