The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) released a request for proposals (RFP) for their funding opportunity. The RFP details that USACM will award up to $50,000 total for projects directed at answering critical questions about hard cider including hard cider apple cultivation, hard cider production, cellaring activities, and economic research specific to the U.S. cider market. Applications are due Feb. 17, 2017.
The award committee is comprised of experts in their fields including research pomologists and production specialists. The committee emphasizes their research priorities and the required application format in the RFP.
USACM’s Board President, Mike Beck says, “The Association knows there are unanswered questions about cider in the U.S. Finding answers will help elevate the entire industry, both cider quality and profitability. We hope our research grant can help our members in this way.”
The research grant is one way USACM is working to support its members and elevate the cider industry. USACM is a national organization of cider and berry producers in the United States founded in 2013. They support the industry with lobbying, a national conference called CiderCon, educational programming, and cooperative cider marketing initiatives.