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2016 Washington Grain Commission Research Pre-Proposal Review Process

2016 Washington Grain Commission Research Pre-Proposal Review Process

for FY 2018 Funding (beginning July 1, 2017)

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) is arranging a preproposal forum for researchers to present and receive feedback on new research ideas and proposal renewals. Through this process, the WGC and representatives of the cereal industry from each county will provide feedback to researchers regarding the WGC’s interest in receiving a full proposal, suggest modifications to project objectives, and provide other relevant input.

Date/time: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 9 AM – 12 noon; WSU Alumni Center Regent’s Room, WSU Pullman campus

Who: i) Researchers intending to propose new projects to the WGC; ii) researchers with existing WGC projects scheduled to terminate in June 2017; or iii) researchers who intend to revise or combine existing projects. If you intend to propose a new project or renewal you must contact the appropriate team leader1 and discuss/declare this intent by Friday, October 7, 2016. Researchers currently in year 1 or 2 of a three-year project that is not under revision will not need to present at the forum.

Format: Individual researchers identified under “Who” should be prepared to deliver a brief (5-minutes, including Q/A) presentation and then answer questions on their projects by attending members of the WGC board, WGC staff, and other representatives of the cereal industry.

Preproposal: Researchers proposing new or renewed projects should provide a ≤ two page concept statement that includes a brief justification, specific objectives, brief description of methods employed, a firm budget, and a brief list of other current/pending support for this or closely related projects. In addition, answer the following questions: “What measureable impact has your project contributed in the last 3 years?” (for renewing projects); What measureable impact will your project contribute in the next 3 years? (new/renewing projects).

This document must be formatted as pdf, sent electronically to the appropriate team leader and copied to Mary Palmer Sullivan ( (note new e-mail address); 509-456-2481) no later than 5 pm, Weds, October 19.

Last year, a number of new and promising projects were proposed for funding consideration, but funding was not available. Unfortunately, due to low cereal prices in 2016, it is again likely that less money will be available to fund new projects this year. If you have questions about this forum please contact one of the team leaders or Mary Palmer Sullivan.

1Rich Koenig ( for proposals relating to variety development, testing, and end use quality; Tim Murray ( for plant protection; Scot Hulbert ( for cropping systems.