Tree Fund John Z. Duling Grant Program 2017 (Up to $25,000 Grant)

Tree Fund John Z. Duling Grant Program 2017 (Up to $25,000 Grant)

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Tree Fund is calling for applications into the John Z. Duling Grant Program. The Grant Program was established and funded by a bequest from the estate of John Z. Duling of Indiana, a strong advocate of research. The goal of this program is to provide start-up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists. John Z. Duling Grants may be used to support exploratory work in the early stages of untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas and approaches.

TREE Fund is a nonprofit whose mission is to support scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture (the science of cultivating and managing trees in a landscape) and urban forestry. No project may receive more than one award from this program. Due to the similarity of the Jack Kimmel International Grant and John Z. Duling Grant, TREE Fund requires that applicants submit to only one of these programs per annual project and funding cycle. Related but unique projects submitted across programs may be considered within a given funding cycle.

TREE Fund’s current research priorities include the following areas of professional interest:

  • Root and soil management
  • Tree planting and establishment
  • Plant health care
  • Risk assessment and worker safety
  • Urban and community forest management


  • Projects are expected to be completed within one to three years with a maximum grant award of $25,000.


  • Open to all researchers in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry researchers all over the world.
  • TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin.
  • Current trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive grants from TREE Fund.

Application Process

  • Applications will be accepted only through the online application form
  • Applicants will write an application narrative, to include the following elements and information:
    • Project Summary: A concise synopsis of the other sections of the proposal. (250 words maximum)
    • Statement of Problem: What needs to be learned, and why? (250 words maximum)
    • Current Knowledge in Project Area: Pay particular attention to previous work that provides a basis for questions posed in the current proposal or for the origin/application of new or novel methods to be used herein. (500 words maximum)
    • Description of Outcomes: Identify up to five measurable outcomes that are most likely to result from work proposed herein. (100 words maximum)
    • Project Work Plan: Clearly define the scope of the work to be performed, including design, hypotheses, methodology, and analyses and approximate timetable. (1,000 words maximum)
    • Dissemination Plan: A brief description of activities and outlets used to share the results of this project; see “Reporting Requirements” section below for additional guidance. (100 words maximum)
    • Literature Cited: List all relevant literature cited in the proposal including personal citations that appear in the author’s CV.
  • An itemized project budget.

For more information, visit TREE Fund.