Posted: September 11, 2019

Preliminary proposals due November 12, 2019

The Center for Produce Safety announced their annual call for preliminary research proposals. Pre-Proposals and required documents should be received by CPS at the following email address: no later than 12:00noon (Pacific Standard Time) on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.


Pre-Proposal Resources

  • CPS Grant Opportunities webpage provides guidance documents, required forms, and industry collaborators (as they become available). Updates will be posted on this page.
  • 2020 Research Priorities (click here)
  • A few common questions and suggestions:
    • Maximum length of pre-proposal is three single-spaced pages. Includes all required information.  Check guidelines for font requirements.
    • Indirect Cost Recovery IDC for funded proposals: 8% of personnel costs (salaries + benefits).
    • Question - Will only priorities listed in the research priorities document be considered?
    • Answer - Not necessarily, though there has been a great deal of effort to bring forth priorities that are considered important by the produce industry.
    • Please check the CPS website for previously funded research (click here).
    • Letters of support - while not required, they are encouraged. In particular, industry support that will help with the implementation of the project is considered a valuable resource to the project.
    • Please check the CPS Grant Opportunity webpage for a list of industry collaborators. This list will be updated as collaborators are identified.


New this year! · Office hours dedicated to research scientists ·

September 30 - December 4

Do you plan to submit an preliminary proposal and would you 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, CPS will arrange a call with you, your team and a member(s) of the CPS Technical Committee or outside industry professionals to answer questions. Please send your questions and three preferred appointment times on or before Friday, September 27  to


Questions about proposal requirements and general administrative topics may be sent

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