Canadian Allied Turfgrass Research (CATR) Call for Turfgrass Research Proposals

Canadian Allied Turfgrass Research (CATR) is a collaborative group of Canadian turfgrass funding associations that have formed a research funding alliance for the annual call for proposals of Canadian turfgrass research grants. The participating associations include:
Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation (CTRF)                  Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA)
Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (AlbertaTRF)            Atlantic Turfgrass Research Foundation (AtlanticTRF)
Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation (QTRF)                    Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Research (OVTRF)
Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF).
With a single submission researchers have the opportunity to have their proposal considered for funding by all groups and funded either separately or collaboratively. A national wide grant application eliminates application duplication while giving regional researchers more national exposure. The OTRF will be accepting proposals for 2017 Canadian turfgrass research grants on behalf of itself, CTRF, AlbertaTRF, QTRF, OVTRF, AtlanticTRF and WCTA.  You are invited to submit your application considering the following turfgrass research priorities:

  • Development and evaluation of effective alternatives to conventional pesticides (biological, micronutrients)
  • Marketing and communicating the benefits of turfgrass and addressing the public issues about the turfgrass industry
  • A systems approach to sustainable turfgrass management
  • Economic impact of turfgrass management decisions (IPM, synthetic, inputs)
  • New instrumentation, robotics and software technologies
  • Nutrient management and nutrient sources
  • Water conservation and water quality
  • Emerging Pests – Better diagnostics for new pests (e.g. summer patch and Waitea patch), new diseases in Canada, invasive insects that have migrated or started to establish in Canada with no alternatives or solutions available
  • Improved turfgrass species and varieties that exhibit desirable traits.  For example, have wear and drought tolerance, that require lower inputs or are pest resistant, or are alternative species for putting surfaces or are fast-maturing species for sod production
  • Modernize best practices for sports fields (construction and maintenance; scheduling of play, irrigated and non-irrigated fields) and putting greens.
  • Basic research (economics, environment, playability) of synthetic turf and comparison to natural turf
  • The nutrient composition removed when sod is harvested; to achieve the default value for sod crops
  • Effects of climate change on turfgrass and pests
  • Investigate the environmental benefits of golf courses to flora and fauna or research of specific cultural management practices on golf courses to improve the environmental benefits
  • Development of educational materials about the environmental impact of golf courses

ANNUAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS: To be considered for research funding, complete the 2017-canadian-allied-turfgrass-research-grant-application-instructions and submit it by November 14 2016 to the OTRF office. Funding decisions will be announced by March 1 2017.

For questions contact:

Debbie Conrad                                   Jerry Rouseau                                      Christian Pilon
OTRF                                                   WCTA                                                    CTRF                               

Kevin Wentzell                                  Benoit Huot                                           Cory Mossing
AtlanticTRF                                       QTRF                                                      ATRF                    

John Lemoureux



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The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundationis a volunteer board of professionals of the turfgrass industry dedicated to the future of turf research. Their objectives are to support the scientific research of turf culture for the advancement of the turfgrass industry.