Nearly 20 years ago, California’s table grape growers established a health research grant program to help discover how and why grapes are beneficial to health.
Call for Letters of Intent: October 26–November 30, 2017! Each fall, Letters of Intent are solicited from the research community. Following review, finalists are invited to submit full proposals. A scientific advisory panel of distinguished scientists conducts the rigorous grant review and selection process.
The grape research funded by California table grape growers has covered a wide range of health topics including heart, joint, brain, and eye health, as well as certain cancers. To view the list of funded research to date click here.
Grape research is conducted using a freeze-dried table grape powder, designed to facilitate reproducible data and to provide researchers with a grape sample that is available year round. For human studies, a grape powder placebo is made available.
If you are a researcher who would like to submit a Letter of Intent to the commission, please review the attached documents which outline the guidelines for submitting. Letters of Intent are due to the commission Thursday, November 30, 2017 by 5 p.m. PST.
Research Grant Resources
Letter of Intent Solicitation LetterDOWNLOAD >
Letter of Intent GuidelinesDOWNLOAD >
Freeze-Dried Table Grape Powder OverviewDOWNLOAD >
Guidelines for Use of California Table Grape Powder in Health Research StudiesDOWNLOAD >
Funded Health Research Studies 1999-2017DOWNLOAD >
Published studies and final reports on table grapes and health research are available for viewing if desired, to help inform new research proposals in a given area. To access this section, click here.
ABOUT California TABLE GRAPES
Californians have been cultivating grapes for more than two centuries. Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California's warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. With more than 85 grape varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors—green, red and black—and are in season from May through January.