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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Watch the new 2013 video introduction to Horticulture CRSP's Trellis Fund projects.




Browse photos from Horticulture CRSP Trellis projects.



The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund

Engaging U.S. graduate students in international development

The Trellis Fund provides small-scale, in-country development organizations access to U.S. graduate student expertise, providing benefit to both the student and the in-country institutions. With a focus on impact and expansion of locally proven ideas, the Trellis Fund matches the organizations with students and provides modest funds to support the organization’s farmer outreach program.

Structure: Organizations in developing countries submit proposals for up to $2,000 in funding to conduct adaptive research and outreach on problems faced by local farmers in horticultural production, pest management, postharvest practices, nutrition or marketing fruit and vegetable crops. Graduate students from the University of California, Davis, Cornell University, North Carolina State University and Hawaiʻi at Mānoa apply to be part of the Trellis projects. Selected students are reimbursed for travel expenses to visit their assigned project and receive a $300 fellowship for 100 hours of additional project support via email. See details below for the most recent proposal and application process.

Trellis accomplishments

Horticulture CRSP has funded three rounds of Trellis Fund projects, for a total of 38 projects in 15 Feed the Future focus countries.

Accomplishments from the first 23 completed Trellis projects include:

Current Trellis projects

Beginning in July 2013, the Horticulture Innovation Lab announced a third round of Trellis project for the 2013-2014 school year. Initially, 13 new projects were announced and later an additional 14th project was awarded after USAID resumed its agricultural work in Mali.

For more about this year's projects, print and share the current Trellis fact sheet (PDF) or browse below for additional details:

Previous Trellis projects

First round: Find out more about each of the 2011-2012 Trellis projects (PDF). Student participants from the first round of projects also shared their experiences in a promotional video.

Second round: See more details about the second round of projects on the 2012-2013 fact sheet (PDF), or read the press release announcing the awards. Student participants from this round also shared their experiences in a press release promoting the third call for applications and in a related newsletter article.

Photos collected from student trips for Trellis projects are available on Flickr.

Proposals and applications

Please note: The deadline to apply for the 2013-2014 Trellis Fund has passed. This section is provided for information only and is based on our most recent request for proposals; these details may change in future funding rounds. Please check back in late 2013 for information about future Trellis opportunities, or join our email list.

For organizations: Organizations in 18 developing countries were invited to identify a horticultural problem facing local farmers and the type of expertise they seek in a U.S. graduate student. The organization submits a project proposal with their intended objectives, activities, gender program and a $2,000 budget for consideration. Organizations that have not already been funded by Trellis receive priority.

For graduate students: Graduate students from UC Davis, Cornell University, North Carolina State University and University of Hawaii at Manoa are invited to submit applications to participate. Students will be selected based on how well their expertise reflects the needs of the approved projects. Selected students will travel to meet their partner organization and clientele farmers and, upon return, will support their organization’s outreach program via email. Students will be provided air travel, reimbursed for lodging and provided a $300 fellowship for additional project support. Student applications include a resume, statement of purpose and two references. For more details, please see:

Once the project is approved for funding, the Trellis Fund matches the organization with a graduate student with appropriate knowledge and skills. Funds will be provided to the organization to support their farmer outreach program, and the graduate student will provide expertise in supporting the program. See press release for additional details.

Trellis Fund proposals may address:


Resources for current Trellis students

Looking for forms for travel or reimbursement? Here is our information for Trellis students who are currently participating in these projects.