Applications invited for Jack Kimmel International Grant Program

Applications invited for Jack Kimmel International Grant Program

Organization: Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund)

Apply By: 15 Sep 2019

Grant Amount: 10000 USD

About the Organization

Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) is shaping the future of trees and the arboriculture profession. Established in 2002 via a merger of the International Society of Arboriculture Research Trust and the National Arborist Foundation, TREE Fund has awarded over $4.3 million in grants toward its mission of identifying and funding programs that support the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry.

About the Fund

The Jack Kimmel International Grant Program, championed by the Canadian TREE Fund, honors the late Jack Kimmel who was the former Director of Parks for the City of Toronto. He is remembered for his contribution of 46 years of leadership to the ISA and its Ontario chapter. Jack Kimmel grants provide much needed funding to arboriculture and urban forestry researchers all over the world. This grant is administered by TREE Fund, with participation from the Canadian TREE Fund in the evaluation process.

Eligibility/ Amount

These grants are available to researchers whose work is primarily outside of the United States. Projects are expected to be completed within one to two years. Grant award amounts are limited to a maximum of $10,000 and will vary depending upon the adjudged value of the project relative to the needs of the arboriculture community. No project may receive more than one award from this program

TREE Fund welcomes research proposals and applications from a wide range of academic and technical disciplines, of both a qualitative and a quantitative nature. TREE Fund does not fund the following types of projects, and will not accept applications for such work:

  • Grants to individuals;
  • Projects that are primarily municipal tree surveys or assessments;
  • Tree planting programs;
  • Studies of individual tree species for the primary purpose of agricultural or timber/forest planting yield;
  • Commercial tree- or soil-related product testing primarily for the benefit of the company that manufactures the product.


Root and Soil Management, e.g:

  • Mycorrhizal networks
  • Soil amendments and structural soils
  • Blended and manufactured soils
  • Soil testing and tissue testing

Propagation, Planting and Establishment, e.g.:

  • Fertilization
  • Selection/propagation of superior clones
  • Production methods to influence better root growth
  • Improved transplantability
  • Improved plant establishment

Plant Health Care, e.g.:

  • Pruning
  • Pest/pathogen biology and management
  • Resistance breeding
  • Tree injection
  • Adaptive silviculture

Risk Assessment and Worker Safety, e.g.:

  • Decay assessment
  • Response growth
  • Mechanical pruning
  • Lightning protection
  • Support systems, cabling, etc.
  • Machine-aided climbing
  • Biomechanics

Urban Forestry (To Include Human Dimensions), e.g.:

  • Quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of urban forest benefits to humans and communities
  • Techniques for educating communities to support sound policy/decision-making, zoning, development decisions, etc.
  • Policy formation and program implementation
  • “Nature Based Solutions”
  • Role of volunteers in Community Forestry
  • Behavioral economics
  • Ecosystem services
  • Tree diversity

How to Apply

The first step to apply for this grant is to send an email containing a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) of no more than 100 words describing your project title and concept to treefund@treefund.org  between August 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019. Your LOI must clearly identify the Principal Investigator and Institution who will be contracted for the work should your application be approved.

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