Mushroom Research Competitive Grants Program

Through the generosity of the Giorgi Mushroom Company, the College of Agricultural Sciences is able to announce the availability of $100,000 in support of mushroom research during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

Mushroom research is broadly defined, including: processing, packing, composting, pathology, strain research, entomology, disease control, spent substrate research, food safety, post-harvest handling, product development and marketing, and mushroom physiology (list is illustrative, not constraining). Funds may be used to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, technicians, expendable supplies, necessary equipment, and infrastructure improvement (i.e., laboratory or chamber enhancement). Successful proposals have previously focused on research that directly impacts production, distribution, and other commercial aspects in the mushroom industry.


  1. Proposals are restricted to 5 pages of text, figures and tables.
  2. Typically, four to six proposals ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 are awarded annually. We are now soliciting proposals for the new funding available July 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. 
  3. Interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged. Input will be sought from the mushroom industry; include a statement of the relevance of proposed research to industry needs.
  4. Proposals that were funded under the PSU Mushroom Endowment for the current year may be resubmitted to this RFP to request additional funding. Attach an additional page to your Mushroom Endowment proposal to clearly explain what objectives would be supplemented by the additional funds above those awarded under the Mushroom Endowment competition.
  5. Projects requiring more than one year to complete may be proposed, but initial funding will be only for one year.
    • Objectives should be clearly tied to procedures and anticipated results.
    • If a multi-year proposal is prepared, clear metrics of year-by-year accomplishments must be identified so that progress can be evaluated in a competitive renewal process.
    • Subsequent-year funding will require submission of an updated proposal and budget and a progress report relative to initial metrics for evaluation in the next competition for Giorgi Mushroom Company funds.
  6. Provide a summary budget in the following format:
  • Faculty supplemental salary may not be requested on these proposals.
  • The College's Grants and Contracts office does not need to be utilized for these internal awards.
7. Submit proposals electronically, as a pdf file, to Research and Graduate Education () by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed for scientific merit and contributions to the industry. Final decision for funding will be made by the Associate Dean for Research.