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HSA Research Grant Applications Due Jan. 2019

Steven JeffersProfessor Steven Jeffers, Ph.D., and graduate student Daniel Dlugos of Clemson University received the 2018-2019 Herb Society of America Research Grant. The award will support their work “Evaluation of Fungicides for Managing Phytophthora Root and Crown Rot on Lavender.” Phytophthora root and crown rot (PRCR) is an emerging disease affecting, primarily, English lavender and hybrid lavender (L. xintermedia). Currently, applying fungicide is the only method of managing the disease. Researchers will study fungicide effectiveness at preventing PRCR. Results will help lavender growers across the country.

John Taylor

Last year’s award winner, John Taylor, Ph.D., of the University of Rhode Island, is using grant money for a project titled, “Current and Historical Production and Use of Herbs by Ethnic and Migrant Communities in Greater Providence, Rhode Island.” He is interviewing growers and gardeners growing culturally significant herbs and interpreting his results. The Herb Society of America anticipates receiving the outcome of this project in the spring of 2019.

Applications for the $5,000 grant are being accepted for 2019-2020. The grant funds research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herbs. Research must define herb as useful for flavoring, medicine, ornament, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes.

Applications are due by January 31. Winners are announced by May 1.

Eligible applicants may be students, professionals or individuals. Grant recipients will be required to sign a Grant Acceptance Form prior to the award of a grant. Only U.S. residents may apply.

This grant supports small, self-contained research projects over a short-period of time. Allowable costs include:
– compensation for investigators
– professional and technical assistance
– research supplies and materials
– costs of computer time

This grant does not cover indirect costs such as:
• equipment including but not limited to computer, laboratory or office equipment
• tuition, textbooks, or conference attendance
• private garden development
• travel to and/or from research site(s)

Unpublished research will be considered confidential. One paper about the project results must be submitted for use in a HSA publication.