Grant Opportunities

2020 CPS Annual Request for Preliminary Proposals - NEW!

2020 Research Priorities
2020 RFP Guidance Pre-Proposal
2020 Guidance Receipt Acknowledgement
2020 RFP Guidance Full Proposal - by invitation only

Pre-proposal and signed Guidance Receipt Acknowledgement must be emailed to Email must be received by CPS no later than 12:00 noon (Pacific Standard Time) on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Research awards may not exceed $200,000 in total costs per year. Please read each priority closely for individual funding limits. The research project term may not exceed two years. (Proof-of-concept awards may not exceed $50,000 in total costs, and the term may not exceed one year.)

Industry Collaborators

We encourage research scientists to seek industry collaborators. Collaborators are those companies or organizations that will provide expertise, funding, access to facilities, or samples.  As CPS is made of aware of organizations or companies that have the interest to collaborate the following list will be updated. Send an email to to schedule a call with collaborators                                                           

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, areas of interest:
2. Harvest - b. Cleaning and sanitation of harvest bins/containers
3. Postharvest - Receiving, Staging and Cooling
4. Packing and Processing - b. Wash water validation, c. Wash water antimicrobial monitoring                                                                                         

New this year! - Office hours dedicated to research scientists - September 30 - December 4

Do you plan to submit a preliminary proposal and would like to ask questions about a specific industry practice or the reason for a particular research priority? During the week of September 30 - October 4, 2019 CPS will arrange a call with you, your team and a member(s) of the CPS Technical Committee or outside industry professional to answer your questions. Please send your questions and three preferred appointment times on or before Friday, September 27, 2019 to 

A few common questions and suggestions:


RFP Resources:

ATTENTION RESEARCH SCIENTISTS - Scientists that have an interest in collaborating with CPS are encouraged to ask questions about the proposal process, research priorities and CPS expectations of funded scientists. Please send questions to or call the CPS office (530) 554-9706. 

NEW IDEAS - Please contact CPS Executive Director regarding rapid-response research ideas as well as research ideas outside of the annual call for proposals. 
Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Executive Director |, Ph. (530) 554-9761

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Center For Produce Safety