Funding Focus: Mint Industry Research Council research grants

The Mint Industry Research Council is now in the process of requesting research proposals for the 2010 calendar year for commercial mint varieties. These varieties include Mentha piperita L. – Peppermint; Mentha spicata L. – Native spearment; Mentha gracilis – Scotch spearment.

The Mint Industry Research Council is an unique organization that brings together all segments of the industry; growers, mint oil buyers, and major manufacturers. The goal and objective of the MIRC is to fund and direct the research and activities needed to sustain and enhance the productivity of high quality and economical U.S. mint.

The focus of the MIRC research program is to fund scientific research which addresses the agronomic production of quality commercial mint oil production while keeping the goal of the MIRC in mind. The MIRC emphasis can be broken down into major MIRC research priority areas: (1) Varietal improvement, (2) Disease management, (3) IPM, and (4) Other special projects.

Review and screening of the proposals will be conducted by the MIRC Scientific Affairs Committee which may include an outside technical review. Research grant applicants will be notified via written acknowledgment of finalized decisions in early February 2010.

Research Proposals Due: November 15, 2009

MIRC 2010 Request for Proposals

MIRC website