Commission Funding Opportunities

Please refer to the table below for a full list of available opportunities, sorted by deadline. Additional information and links to the RFPs are provided in the following section.

If you have questions about the WSU submission process, please contact Stacy Mondy.

ProgramPreproposal DeadlineFull Proposal DeadlineAward Period (years)
WA Oilseeds CommissionOct 27, 20231 to 3
WA Tree Fruit Research Commission - Apple Crop ProtectionOct 30, 2023
Dec 21, 20231 to 3
WA Tree Fruit Research Commission - Apple Horticulture and PostharvestOct 30, 2023
Dec 21, 20231 to 3
Columbia Basin Onion Research CommitteeNov 3, 20231 to 3
WA Commission on Integrated Pest ManagementNov 10, 20231 (see RFP for multi-year projects)
WA State Grape and Wine Research ProgramNov 11, 2023
Jan 19, 20241 to 4 (see RFP)
WA Red Raspberry CommissionDec 12, 20231 to 3

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission – Technology, Apple Crop Protection and Apple Horticulture and Postharvest


The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) is seeking proposals for apple crop protection, and apple horticulture and postharvest research. WTFRC is interested in having organic practices and pollinator protection considered in all proposed work, when appropriate.

Of special interest are proposals addressing methods assessing labor utilization and/or for the reduction of manual labor needs in orchards.

Contact Ines Hanrahan with questions or to discuss any ideas outside of the priorities identified by the 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP), before submitting a preproposal.

Preproposal Dates

  • Apple Crop Protection Deadline: October 30, 2023
  • Apple Horticulture and Postharvest Deadline:
    October 30, 2023

Washington Oilseeds Commission


The Washington Oilseeds Commission is hoping to fund research to move the Washington Oilseeds industry forward. The board members have discussed various research priorities that exist within the industry and hope you will take these into consideration.

Funding over the past years has ranged from $5,000 per project to $50,000 per project. This past year the Commission funded a total of $140,000 in research projects. Production in the state has been on the increase, and therefore the Commission has increased its research budget over the past few years. We encourage you to submit a project to the Commission that will focus on the priorities listed in the RFP.

Contact Shane Johnson with questions.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Deadline:
    October 27, 2023
  • Proposal Presentations:
    January TBD (WOC Annual Meeting)

Columbia Basin Onion Research Committee


The Columbia Basin Onion Research Committee is currently seeking research projects that align with their top priorities. Researchers competing for funds may be asked to present their proposals to members at the annual meeting held during the PNVA Conference in November before funding is approved.

Contact Sheri Nolan with questions.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Deadline:
    November 3, 2023
  • Applicant Notifications: November, 2023

Washington Commission on Integrated Pest Management


Washington Commission on Integrated Pest Management is seeking studies and activities that will result in pesticide registrations for minor uses and to support research, implementation, and demonstration of any aspect of integrated pest management and pesticide resistance management programs in Washington. The WCIPM’s enabling legislation defines IPM and will therefore adhere to the following definition:

“Integrated pest management is a strategy that uses various combinations of pest control methods, biological, cultural, and chemical in a compatible manner to achieve satisfactory control and ensure favorable economic and environmental consequences.” RCW 15.92.010(4)

Pesticide users of sites or crops not among Washington’s top 20 agricultural commodities produced (as ranked by Washington Agricultural Statistics Services) are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Please contact the WCIPM Research Coordinator’s Office with questions.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Deadline:
    November 10, 2023
  • Applicant Notifications: December, 2023

Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program


The Washington wine industry supports viticulture and enology
research to advance Washington grape and wine quality through a
competitive grant program administered by the Washington Wine

The program is designed to support the exploration of new ideas (proof of
concept) that could lead to further research and provide funds to
translate past research into application in the vineyard or winery
and fund short-term research trials that have the potential to improve
Washington State’s overall grape and wine quality.

Funding comes from assessments paid by all Washington wine grape growers and wineries.

The proposals are reviewed by the Washington Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Washington State Wine Commission. The committee recommendations are then approved by the Washington State Wine Commission Board of Directors.

Contact Melissa Hansen with questions.

Important Dates

  • Preproposal Deadline: November 10, 2023*
  • Continuing and Full Proposal Deadline:
    January 19, 2024
  • Research Review:
    February 21-22, 2024

    *All proposals must go through the preproposal process

Washington Red Raspberry Commission


The WWR Commission is seeking projects that align with current research priorities, such as cultivar development, pest and weed management, disease resistance, and irrigation. WRRC grants are open to non-profit organizations, including commodity groups/associations and farmers’ groups, private enterprises such as pest consultants and food processors, university and extension programs.

Researchers are invited to attend the annual Research Review to discuss the current state of raspberry research and to explore the necessary elements for a successful proposal with WRRC board members and growers.

Contact Henry Bierlink with questions.

Important Deadlines

  • Research Review: October 8, 2023
  • Proposal Deadline: December 12, 2023

Last Updated Sept 20, 2023