Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment
University of California
Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment

Call for Proposals

SHRE Call for Proposals 2017-2018

The Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment is pleased to invite representatives of California institutions of higher learning and California horticultural organizations to submit proposals for funding from the endowment for the period beginning  July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

The purpose of the Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment is to support research and educational programs that foster the introduction of new and improved plants for California gardens and landscapes. Proposals for funding should address these goals and may include research or professional and public educational programs that enhance western ornamental horticulture through the introduction of shade trees, California natives, or drought-tolerant plants. Introduction of new plant varieties or cultivars amenable to nursery production and suitable for landscape use in California and other Mediterranean-type climates is also encouraged.

Previously Funded Projects

The endowment has been funding research projects since 2008. A review of these projects can be a helpful tool in assessing whether your project is in line with the goals of the SHRE. The final reports for these projects may be viewed on the SHRE website at

Research and Educational Program Priorities

These current issues have been identified by the SHRE Advisory Committee as needing particular attention from both research and educational programs:

  1. Facilitate plant survival during periods of extended drought emphasizing existing/established trees and shrubs
  2. Encourage the transition to more water-conserving plant species for ornamental use
  3. Develop alternative species recommendations to replace insect and disease prone landscape plants
  4. Develop and/or expand the range of available climate-appropriate plants for regional California gardens and landscapes
  5. Identify and encourage the use of plants that support native beneficial insects, particularly predators and parasitoids.
  6. Develop irrigation guidelines for the landscape plants for the same genera (looking for physiological characteristics that can be attributed to low water use).

  7. Develop innovative concepts focused on medicinal gardens such as grown by the Chinese and Native Americans.

Submitting Proposals

Please refer to the Proposal Guidelines for information on the grant application review process, evaluation criteria and reporting requirements. Select the file name to download guidelines and submission requirements.

SHRE Proposal Guidelines

Request for Proposal form presents the content required to submit your application.

SHRE Proposal Submission Requirements

Proposals must be sent via email to

Submission deadline: April 30, 2017




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