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Washington State Wine Commission Research Grant Program Now Open

The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) is soliciting research grant proposals for Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). The competitive research grant program sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission is open for submittals through January 31, 2022. Both short-term and intermediate research projects are funded through the grant program.

The WSWC’s grant program was initiated in 2019 to encourage scientists, regardless of location, to focus on research issues important to Washington’s wine industry, as well as collaborate with researchers at Washington State University (WSU). It was designed to foster research collaboration with other wine regions and leverage research funding opportunities. The program complements the Washington wine industry’s ongoing financial support of viticulture and enology research at WSU.

The WSWC also funds short-term demonstration projects conducted by Washington community colleges and universities to expose undergraduates to research concepts. The one-year grants target practical, rapid application winery and vineyard trials and provide funds for proof-of-concept research ideas.

All research proposals will be considered by the Wine Research Advisory Committee, during the annual Research Review February 22-23, 2022. The advisory committee is a subcommittee of the WSWC and serves as the scientific review arm for the industry. Washington wine industry members are invited to attend virtually to hear updates on continuing projects and provide feedback to the advisory committee for consideration before deciding its funding recommendations.

Details about the grant program and applications are available on the WSWC website.

About the Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSWC provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness about the Washington wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSWC is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. Learn more at www.washingtonwine.org.

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