2014 Health Research Grants

Over 10 years ago, California’s fresh grape growers established a health research grant program to help discover how and why grapes are beneficial to health. 

Each fall, Letters of Intent are solicited from the research community.  These are reviewed and finalists are invited to submit full proposals.  The commission’s scientific advisory panel of distinguished researchers conducts the rigorous grant review and selection.

The grape research 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 supported research to date click here.

Grape research is conducted using a freeze-dried whole 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 that would like to receive notification for the 2015-16 call for Letters of Intent next year, please email us at