Pierce's Disease & Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board Research & Outreach Grants

Action Date
Request for Proposals (RFP) Released December 1, 2023
Proposals Due January 31, 2024
Award Notifications Approximately May 15, 2024
Start Date for Grants July 1, 2024

The Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board (PD/GWSS Board) provides funding support to research and outreach projects focused on protecting vineyards, preventing the spread of pests and diseases, and delivering practical and sustainable solutions. The PD/GWSS Board accepts proposals for research and outreach projects on the following serious pests and diseases of winegrapes:

  • Pierce’s disease and its vectors, especially the glassy-winged sharpshooter
  • Brown marmorated stink bug
  • Grapevine fanleaf disease
  • Grapevine leafroll disease
  • Grapevine red blotch disease
  • Mealybug pests of winegrapes
  • Spotted lanternfly

The PD/GWSS Board’s Research and Outreach Program is funded by a special assessment paid by the California winegrape industry. Prior awards have ranged from $4,300 per year to $383,000 per year, with projects ranging from one to three years in duration.

Any individual or group with expertise in winegrape pest and disease research and/or outreach and has affiliation with a non-profit institution is eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. Funding preference will be given to projects deemed likely to lead to practical solutions to winegrape pest and disease problems in California. Multi-disciplinary team projects are encouraged. For more information about the program, see PD/GWSS Board’s Research & Outreach at Work for You. For questions about this grant program, contact pdresearch@cdfa.ca.gov.

Applicant Resources

Applications are submitted through a system called AmpliFund. Please refer to the applicant user guide for submitting through the AmpliFund system, specifically pages 3-12 and page 20. Note that not all aspects of the guide or below additional resources apply to the PD/GWSS Board's application process.
AmpliFund User Guide

A collection of walk-through videos for navigating the system are available.
AmpliFund Applicant Portal Resources

A Frequently Asked Questions document is also available.
AmpliFund Applicant Portal FAQ