The Peanut Research Foundation is accepting research proposals for the next round of projects dubbed the Peanut Genome Initiative – Phase II. This new phase will capitalize on previous accomplishments and use genomic and breeding tools to address real issues facing the U.S. peanut industry.
Disease resistance (initially focusing on leafspot), aflatoxin, drought tolerance and flavor conservation are key priorities. Ideally, at least one project will be funded in each of these priority areas, but that decision is dependent upon the quality of proposals received. Projects likely will fall in the $10,000 to $200,000 range, but there are no strict rules on the amount a researcher may request.
RFPs will be accepted each year of the four-year program, and multi-year proposals will be re-evaluated each year.
The Peanut Foundation will not fund research leading to GMO peanut cultivars. Proposals utilizing gene-editing technology will be accepted, but researchers should understand that the U.S. peanut industry is reluctant to utilize cultivars identifiable as gene-edited due to resistance from the European Union, a market for U.S. peanuts.
Ge all the details here: https://peanutresearchfoundation.org