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HSA Research Grant

The Herb Society of America, Inc. (HSA) offers annual research grants to students, professionals, and individuals engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history, based upon the HSA definition of an herb. The defining characteristic for herbs is their usefulness, past or present, including their value for flavoring, medicine, ornament, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes.


The HSA Research Grant is intended to support small, self-contained research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time.

Allowable costs include:

  • Compensation for investigators
  • Professional and technical assistance
  • Research supplies and materials
  • Costs of computer time

Non-allowable costs include:

Indirect costs

  • Purchase or maintenance of durable equipment including but not limited to computer, laboratory or office equipment
  • Expenses related to tuition, textbooks, or conference attendance 
  • Private garden development
  • Travel to and/or from research site(s)

Applications which include indirect costs will not be considered by the committee

While it is not anticipated that a HSA Research Grant will completely fund a project, there should be no duplication or overlap of funding for specific budget items.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Acceptance Form prior to the award of a grant. The acceptance includes the following stipulations:

  • The grant is for a one-year period of work.
  • The maximum amount available is $5,000. The amount may be divided among projects, at the discretion of the Research Grants Committee.
  • One-half of the grant is paid at the outset of research. 
  • Grantees must submit a brief progress report on work completed, periodically during the grant period. When sufficient progress is demonstrated,  grant payments will be made. 
  • A final report must be sent to the Research Grants Committee chairperson. Upon receipt of that report, the final payment can be made. Reports of research not yet accepted for publication are considered confidential. 
  • One paper about the project or the results must be submitted for use in a Society publication. 
  • Any publications using information obtained from Society funding shall give proper credit for financial support by HSA. However, HSA reserves the right to reject or accept credit in any publication resulting from the grant. 
  • If significant departures are made from the originally approved grant application or if the grantee cancels the project, immediate written notification must be sent to the Research Grants Committee chairperson. Based on this information or in the absence of an adequate final report, The Society reserves the right to terminate the grant and request a return of any portion of the grant not used for the intended purpose.
  • Grants are limited to individuals and organizations within the United States.

Application Procedure:

Applications and proposals must be date stamped on or before January 31, 2017.
The application must be submitted in electronic form via e-mail to herbs@herbsociety.org

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Announcement of any grant recipient(s) will be made by May 1, 2017.

Application form includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Professional vita, listing qualifications for this project, academic degrees and honors. Not to exceed two pages.
  • Methodology: an explanation of how you plan to complete the project, where the work will be done, what facilities and equipment are available. Not to exceed 500 words.
  • Budget: a detailed listing of all anticipated costs.
  • Schedule: a specific time line for the project.