Grants & Partnerships

Read the latest CAES News about grants and partnerships:

Tall Fescue Plant CAES News
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers secure over $1 million to understand how microbes help grass thrive
Symbiotic relationship with fungus makes fescue more drought tolerant; but how?
Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have recently found the genetic mechanism that controls the shape of tomatoes also controls the shape of potatoes and may control the shape of other fruits as well. CAES News
Researchers at UGA discover genes that give vegetables their shape
From rice grains to tomatoes, UGA researchers find the genetic mechanism that shapes our food.
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture's Professor Marc van Iersel, right, is leading an interdisciplinary team which hopes to integrate new lighting technologies, big data and better growing practices to reduce energy costs in greenhouses and plant factories. CAES News
UGA researchers receive $5 million to help reduce energy costs of indoor farming
Greenhouses, plant factories and indoor farms could see lighting costs reduced by 50 percent.
Upland cotton typically produces cotton with short or medium fibers.  Regents' Professor Andrew Paterson, and fellow CAES crop and soil sciences professor Peng Chee, are working to develop upland cotton varieties with longer fibers. CAES News
UGA crop geneticists awarded $935,000 to breed softer cotton and more resilient peanuts
Geneticists at UGA are developing more sustainable, profitable Georgia row crops.
Cantaloupes being grown at UGA-Tifton. CAES News
Cantaloupe project aimed at finding variety less susceptible to bacteria
UGA's portion of USDA grant is approximately $20,000 spread over two years.
When collecting wild raspberry seeds in Australia, University of Georgia scientist Rachel Itle first had to “calibrate” her eyes to search for the tiny, red berries. This, made finding them easier, but the wild berries were not plentiful. Some were bright red, some dull red and some golden, and the fruit is about a half or a fourth the size of commercial berries sold in the U.S., she said. CAES News
UGA researchers travel Down Under to collect raspberry and peach seeds
Wild seeds from Australia may help scientists breed new fruit varieties.
Cook County ANR Agent Tucker Price holds up a watermelon plant infected with gummy stem blight disease. CAES News
UGA research aimed at stopping gummy stem blight in the greenhouse
Gummy stem blight causes lesions on leaves and stems and leads to defoliation.
A conservation tillage system begins with a cover crop that's planted during the fallow times of the year, such as late fall and early winter when row crops have been harvested. Pictured is corn and rye residue, part of a conservation tillage system on Barry Martin's farm in Hawkinsville, Georgia. CAES News
$198,000 Conservation Innovation Grant to fund UGA cover crop research
The grant supports UGA CAES research on the Tifton campus through July 2020.
UGA graduate student Abraham Fulmer shows Haitian agronomists working at the Meds & Food for Kids facility in Cap-Haitian, Haiti, how to identify leaf spot in peanut in December 2016. Fulmer, who recently completed a PhD in plant pathology at the University of Georgia, did research in Haiti with the Feed the Future Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, which was at UGA from 2012 to 2017 . The federal government recently awarded UGA another five-year peanut research program to battle global food insecurity. CAES News
UGA and USAID launch new partnership to fight hunger with peanuts
With new grant, UGA-based peanut lab continues work to fight hunger worldwide.
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Our Partners
Our world-class researchers partner with research institutions and organizations at home and around the world to solve the most pressing issues facing the world population. Here are a few examples of the partners we are working with now.


National Partners

United States Department of Agriculture

In the enabling legislation creating land-grant universities, we are designated as a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture formula funding for research and Extension. Our USDA research partners include:

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is part of USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area. The agency administers federal funding to address the agricultural issues impacting people’s daily lives and the nation’s future, including capacity and competitive research and Extension funding for U.S. Land-grant Universities.
  • Agricultural Research Service - The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. They find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS scientists are housed on each of our campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, making for constant collaborative work.
  • U.S. National Poultry Research Laboratory - Located in Athens, Georgia, just steps away from the University of Georgia campus, makes this national research center a frequent partner of UGA Poultry Science. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - The National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Our scientists work on NIH grant-funded projects at the interface of agriculture and human health.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the leading national public health institute of the U.S. The close proximity to the UGA Center for Food Safety created a decades-long synergy of cooperation on examining food microbiology and foodborne illnesses. 

U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID)

USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance. CAES is home to two USAID Innovation Laboratories: Sorghum and Peanut. 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.

National Commodity Organizations

We partner with numerous national commodity organizations to help find solutions to the problems facing their industries and develop the next generation of discoveries for agriculture.


State Partners

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University is our sister land-grant university in Georgia. We work closely together on research and Extension programs across Georgia.

Georgia Department of Agriculture

As the regulatory arm of the Georgia agriculture, the state department is a frequent partner with us in research and outreach efforts to solve local problems and educate agricultural producer statewide.

Georgia Commodity Commissions

Because of Georgia’s diverse agricultural industry, more than a dozen official commodity commissions in the state work closely with us and provide research funding to keep Georgia crops on the leading edge of agricultural markets worldwide.

Georgia Research Alliance

By partnering with the University System of Georgia, the GRA helps bring the brightest talent and innovative start-up companies to the state. They support our research through funding for talent, research and facility investments. CAES is home to two GRA eminent scholars and a GRA distinguished investigator.

Georgia Seed Development

Georgia Seed Development is responsible for overseeing the foundation plant material production in Georgia. Since 1997, this effort has resulted in over $15 million of additional support for UGA cultivar development. GSD works closely with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia Research Foundation and the Georgia Crop Improvement Association in supporting various research projects and in bringing new cultivars to market.