External Grants Program

Are you looking for funding to support your American chestnut research? External grants offer recipients a variety of benefits such as professional development and an expanded network. Grant activities contribute to the continuous renewal and development of faculty and staff, to the education and motivation of students, and achievement of our mutual interest – restoration of the American chestnut. This is a small grants program. TACF does not ordinarily fund projects in excess of $10,000. Contact us to be added to our email notices for this program.

We regret to say, the 2020 Request for Proposals for the External Grants Program has been canceled due to economic burdens from COVID-19.

Related Documents: TACF External Grants Policies and Protocol

Past and Current Research Projects

Investigator/InstitutionTitle/Grant PeriodReportYear
Cipollini
Berry College
A proposed study for the identification of differentially expressed genes associated w/exposure to P. cinnamomi in C. dentata (susceptible) and C. mollissima (resistant)
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Evans
James Madison University
Comparing four nursery production methods on chestnut hybrid seedling quality
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Levine
University of Maryland
Developing a high-efficiency CRISPR-mediated targeted mutagenesis system in C. parasitica
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Klak
University of New England
Speed breeding experiment for producing transgenic American chestnut pollen
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Crawford
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Silviculture of the American chestnut in the Cumberland Uplands of Tennessee
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Wright
Ohio State
Reseeding restored forests: Can seed dispersal mutualisms amplify restoration of American chestnut (Year 2)
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Jeffers
Clemson University
Phytophthora root rot on American and hybrid chestnut trees: new and ongoing projects at Clemson University
(12/1/19-11/31/20)
Due 2/28/20212019
Jeffers
Clemson University
Development of an in vitro excised twig assay to identify resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi in hybrid chestnut trees
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Report2018
Deason
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Conservation, collection, and characterization of Castanea dentata germplasm in the South
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Due 8/31/20202018
Schaberg
The University of Vermont
Radial growth analysis of 13 sources of Castanea dentata growing in common garden on the Green Mountain National Forest, VT
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Due 2/28/20202018
Jacobs
Purdue University
Belowground competition of American chestnut
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Report2018
Baird
Mississippi State
Vegetative compatibility groups of Cryphonectria parasitica in American chestnut, Chinese chestnut, and backcross hybrids across eleven field sites in the southeastern US
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Due 2/28/20212018
Rosenthal
Ohio University
Identifying genotypic variation in loss of blight resistance under drought in hybrid American chestnuts to inform restoration
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Due 6/30/20202018
Ray
The Pennsylvania State University
Quantifying and prioritizing the determinants of wood quality in chestnut variants
(12/1/18-11/31/19)
Due 8/31/20202018
Romero-Severson
Notre Dame
AIM: ancestry informative, transferable, and affordable DNA markers for chestnut
(12/1/17-11/31/18)
Due 2/28/20202017
Schlarbaum, Pinchot
University of Tennessee
Defining methods for reintroducing American chestnut to oak-hickory forests of the Allegheny Plateau
(12/1/17-11/31/18)
Report2017
Carlson
Pennsylvania State University
Assembly of the Mahogany genome using a new chromatin proximity approach
(12/1/17-11/31/18)
Report2017
McKenna
Purdue University
Optimization of novel SNP DNA markers for early selection of blight-resistant hybrid chestnut in IN and VA backcrosses
(12/1/17-11/31/18)
Report2017
Deason
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Conservation and collection of Castanea dentata germplasm in the South
(12/1/17-11/31/18)
Report2017
Tonra
Ohio State University
Reseeding restored forests: Can seed dispersal mutualisms amplify restoration of American chestnut, Castanea dentata?
(12/1/17-11/31/18)
Report2017
Rosenthal
Ohio University
Predicting growth and carbon uptake of American chestnut in current and future climates.
(12/1/2016-11/31/2018)
Report2016
Merkle
University of Georgia
Development and testing of an in vitro screen for Phytophthora root rot resistance.
(12/1/2016-11/31/2018)
Report2016
Franklin
University of Tennessee
Interactions between American chestnut establishment, groundcover, and ectomycorrhizal colonization.(12/1/2016-12/31/2017)Report2016
Romero-Severson
Notre Dame
AIM: ancestry informative, transferrable, and affordable DNA markers for chestnut.
(12/1/2016-11/31/2017)
Report2016
Schlarbaum, Pinchot
University of Tennessee
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Defining methods for reintroducing American chestnut to oak-hickory forests of the Allegheny Plateau.
(10/24/2015-11/31/2017)
*nullifies award 2-Research2015
Report2016
Conrad, Abbott, Nelson
University of Kentucky
Evaluating Chemical Fingerprinting as a Tool to Rapidly Screen Hybrid Chestnut for Disease Resistance.
(10/24/2015 ? 10/24/2016)
Report2015
Pinchot, Schlarbaum
University of Tennessee
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Defining methods for reintroducing American chestnut to oak-hickory forests of the Allegheny Plateau.
*Combined with 2016 awarded grant*
Report2015
Labonte
Purdue University
Assessing the functional genetic diversity of blight resistance in Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima Blume) by whole-genome resequencing of a diverse germplasm collection.
(10/24/2015 - 06/30/2017)
Report2015
Gailing, McCarthy, Nelson
Michigan Tech
Identification of different ecotypes and centers of adaptive genetic diversity in American chestnut II.
(10/18/2015-10/18/2016)
Report2015
Perkins
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Identifying novel sources of resistance to Phytophthora root rot and assessment of a quantitative trait locus for resistance in interspecific Castanea hybrids.
(11/1/2015-11/1/2016)
Report2015
Jeffers
Clemson University
Diversity and pathogenicity of species of Phytophthora associated with American chestnut trees.
(11/1/2015-11/1/2016)
Report2015
Paillet
University of Arkansas
Ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Ozark chinquapin.
(11/1/2015-11/1/2016)
Report2015
Briggs, Horton, Powell, Malmsheimer, Gray
SUNY-ESF
Investigating the decomposition of disease-resistant transgenic American chestnut (Castanea dentata) leaf litter and the colonization of the litter by ectomycorrhizal fungi Read Proposal.
(11/15/14-11/15/15)
Report2014
Jarosz, Kolp, Fulbright, MacDonald, Double
Michigan State University
Secondary microorganisms in chestnut blight cankers: Can they reduce blight severity and be used as biological control agents?
(11/15/14-11/15/15)
Report2014
Gailing, McCarthy, Nelson
Michigan Technological University
Identification of different ecotypes and centers of adaptive genetic diversity in American chestnut.
(11/15/14-11/15/15)
Report2014
MacDonald
West Virginia University
Integration of Host Resistance and Hypovirulence.
(11/15/14-11/15/15)
Report2014
Zhebentyayeva
Clemson University
Mapping of resistance to Phyophthora cinnamomi in interspecific American/Chinese chestnut population.
(11/15/14-11/15/15)
Report2014
Staton
University of Kentucky
Increasing the Utility of Existing Chestnut DNA and RNA Sequence Data through Bioinformatic Analysis.
(1/1/14-12/31/14)
Report2013
MacDonald, Double, Fitzsimmons, Hebard
West Virginia University
Maintaining a Backcross Orchard Planting to Assess the Integration of Host Resistance and Hypovirulence.
(12/1/13-12/1/14)
Report2013
Griscom
James Madison University
Habitat Preferences of American Chestnut in an Appalachian Cove Forest.
(12/1/13-12/1/14 *Extended until 12/1/15)
Report2013
Jakobi
The Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of Alfred State
Nutrient Media for Determination of Sexual Compatibility or Chryphonectria parasitica isolates.
(12/1/13-12/1/14)
Report2013
Clark
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
American Chestnut Research in the Southern Region.
(11/1/13-11/1/14)
Report2013
James, Jeffers, Sisco
Clemson University, Carolinas Chapter
The establishment of a genetically-diverse population of hybrid American chestnut trees resistant to both chestnut blight incted by Cryphonectria parasitica and to ink disease incited by Phytophthora cinnamomi.
(6/1/12-5/31/13)
Report2012
Bizzari, McCarthy
Ohio University
Comparative analysis of chestnut growth and survival on Appalachian surface mine lands.
(5/1/12-12/31/12)
Report2012
Maynard, Powell, Oakes
SUNY-ESF
Preservation and multiplication of elite backcross American chestnut hybrids by micropropagation.
(9/1/12-4/1/13 *Extended until 10/1/13)
Report2012
Bauman, Hiremath
Miami University, The Wilds, USDA FS-Northern Research Station
<Plant and Fungal Dynamics in American Chestnut Restoration.
(4/1/12-4/1/13)
Report2012
MacDonald, Double, Fitzsimmons, Hebard
West Virginia University
Maintaining a Backcross Orchard Planting to Assess the Integration of Host Resistance and Hypovirulence.
(5/1/12-12/31/14)
Report2012
Schaberg, Hawley, Halman
USDA FS-Northern Research Station, University of Vermont
Assessing phenological differences among American chestnuts sources in a range-wide progeny planting.
(4/1/12-4/1/15)
Report2012
Clark, Schlarbaum
USDA FS-Southern Research Station, University of Tennessee
Analysis of the first test plantings using BC3F3 seedlings on National Forests in the Southern Region.
(5/1/11-5/1/12)
Report2011
Fei, Fitzsimmons
University of Kentucky
Enhancing American Chestnut Breeding Program by Better Understanding Chinese Chestnut Species and Chestnut Blight in Their Native Range.
(6/1/09-9/1/12)
Report2011
James, Jeffers, Sisco, Fitzsimmons
Clemson University and TACF
The establishment of a genetically-diverse population of hybrid American chestnut trees resistant to both chestnut blight incited by Cryphonectria parasitica and to ink disease incited by Phytophthora cinnamomi.
(6/1/10-5/31/13)
Report2011
MacDonald, Double
West Virginia University
Maintenance of a Backcross Orchard Planting to Assess the Integration of Host Resistance and Hypovirulence.
(5/1/11-12/31/14)
Report2011
MacDonald, Double, Fulbright, Jarosz, Cummings-Carlson
West Virginia University, Michigan State University, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Survival and Recovery of American Chestnut Trees Historically Treated with Hypovirus.
(6/1/11-12/31/14)
Report2011
Barton
University of Kentucky
Continued Monitoring of American Chestnut Restoration Sites on Surface Mined Land in Kentucky.
(6/1/11-6/30/12)
Report2011
D'Amico, Zhang, Newhouse, Fitzsimmons, Powell
SUNY-ESF, TACF
Evaluating the Genetic and Genomic Basis for Varying Levels of Blight Resistance among Native Chinese Chestnut Trees (Castanea mollissima, Castanea henryi, and Castanea seguinii)
(7/1/11-6/30/12)
Report2011
Handel, Sanchez-Humanes, Kaunzinger
Rutgers University
Chestnut restoration in Northeastern forest gaps: experimental plantings to advance forest structure and restoration ecology practice.
Rutgers University
Report2011
McShea, Bourg
Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, VA-TACF
Bull Run Mountains chestnut Survival Study.
(7/1/11-6/30/12)
Report2011
Dane
Auburn University
Development of Castanea Pumila Spcific Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms to Detect the Occurrence of Hybridization Between American Castanea Species.
(7/1/11-12/31/12)
Report2011
Fei, Fitzsimmons
SUNY-ESF, TACF
Enahancing American Chestnut Breeding Program by Better Understanding Chinese Chestnut Species and Chestnut Blight in Their Native Range.
(6/1/09-9/1/12)
Report2010
Merkle, Kormanik
University of Georgia
Optimizing American chestnut seedling root morphology.
(8/1/09-7/31/13) no-cost extension approved until 7/31/16
Report2010
James
Carolinas Chapter
The establishement of a genetically-diverse population of hybrid American chestnut trees resistant to both chestnut blight incited by Cryphonectria parasitica and to ink disease incited by Phytophthora cinnamomi.
(6/1/10-5/31/11 - 1st of 3-year grant)
Report2010
Clark, Schlarbaum
USDA FS-Southern Research Station, University of Tennessee
Establishment and monitoring of the first test plantings using BC3F3 seedlings on National Forests in the Southern Range.
(5/1/10-4/30/11)
Report2010
Barton
University of Kentucky
Continued Monitoring of American Chestnut Restoration Sites on Surface Mined Land in Kentucky.
(7/1/10-6/30/11)
Report2010
Paillet, Stephenson
University of Arkansas
Quantitative assessment of the ecological character of Ozark chinquapin as a canopy co-dominant forest tree adn its response to natural disturbances.
(5/1/10-9/30/10)
Article from the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society2009
Jacobs, Zellers
Purdue University
Effects of Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands on growth, nutrient uptake, and water relations of American chestnut seedlings under varying pH.
(3/31/11-12/31/11)
Report2009
MacDonald, Double
West Virginia University
Maintaining a backcross orchard planting to assess the integration of host resistance and hypovirulence.
(6/1/10-5/31/11)
Report

2009
Boyd, Craddock
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Comparing the shade tolerance of American chestnut, Chinese chestnut, adn their hybridsReport2009