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The Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program is accepting research proposals for competitive grants to improve wine quality.

WSU-Unit_Social-BadgeThe grant program is open to principal investigators at all Washington state public institutions with the capabilities to address the research and outreach needs of Washington’s viticulture and enology industry.

Collaboration with out-of-state researchers is encouraged, but the principal investigator must be located within the state of Washington.

The research program, administered by Washington State University, is funded through a unique public, private and industry partnership.

Industry funding comes from the Washington State Wine Commission, which represents all wine grape growers and wineries in the state, and private funding comes from the Auction of Washington Wines. Public funds come from the state liter tax on all wine sold and WSU’s Agricultural Research Center.

The research program funded 13 viticulture and enology research programs totaling nearly $870,000 in the last funding cycle.

Research proposals will be accepted through Dec. 12. For more information, visit cahnrs.wsu.edu.