IPA Research Funds

The International Protea Association (IPA) represents cut flower and foliage industries based on the family Proteaceae.  This encompasses the genera Adenanthos, Banksia, Conospermum, Grevillea, Hakea, Isopogon, Lamberta, Leucadendron, Leucospermum, Mimetes, Orothamnus, Paranomus, Petrophilia, Protea, Serruria and Telopea.

The Association has a worldwide membership and actively encourages research of the Proteaceae aimed at:

  1. Breeding, selection, evaluation and propagation of superior cultivars
  2. Cultivation such as nutrition and control of flowering time
  3. Postharvest handling
  4. Disease control
  5. Marketing and supply chain management.

Research Scholarships through the Peter Matthews Research foundation are made available to stimulate research in the areas listed above. Calls for applications will be send out prior to a upcoming conference.  A proposal template to be used is provided below.   After proposals have been reviewed by the IPA Board/Council the successful applicant(s) will be notified at the next IPA conference, and funding will be available for projects to start soon after.  One progress report will be required (see progress report template), before the final report is to be submitted after a period of two year following the awarding of the scholarship.

For more information please contact the IPWG Secretary Dr Lynn Hoffman (ewh@sun.ac.za)

Download the 2017 Call for Proposals

Download the IPA Proposal template  (MS Word, 2003 version )

Download Progress Report Template (MS Word format).