Azalea Research

The Azalea Research Fund of the Azalea Society of America was formed to encourage and support research related to azaleas. The Fund welcomes applicants who seek grants to help the Society in this endeavor. Please review the detailed areas of interest that the Fund will consider funding when applying for a research grant, using the application form we provide.

Research grants may be awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5000 based on the merit to the society. Funds are for projects ranging from 1 to 3 years, and are to be used at the discretion of the recipient, except not for institutional overhead.

Grants are provided with the stipulation that the research project results will be documented in a form suitable for publication in the ASA quarterly journal The Azalean.

Proposals may be submitted at any time, for consideration for the following year. All proposals are evaluated by members of the Azalea Research Committee, based solely on the proposal value to the ASA and the probability of its successful completion.

Please feel free to contact the Fund chairman at Azalea Research Fund or write him at

Azalea Research Fund
Hale Booth
7085 Sawyer Road
Signal Mountain TN 37377


areas of research interest

The areas of primary research interests of the ASA are listed here.

Classification (Systematic Botany)
• plant identification
• chromosome studies
• phylogenetic grouping

Hybridization:
• climatic hardiness
• disease resistance
• pest resistance
• plant habit
• flowering improvement (apoximis in plants, polyploidy, color)
• studies relating to mechanized programs for hybridizer record keeping
• naming and registration standards for new introductions

Cultural:
• studies regarding the prevention of diseases and pest, such as:
Exobasidium vaccinii (leaf gall)
Phytopthora (root rot)
Phomopsis (die back)
Ovulinia (petal blight)
• fertilization influence
• pruning
• growing-on procedures, maintenance, schedules, etc. for rooted cuttings, seedlings and tissue culture plants

Public Relations, Education:
• illustrated papers
• computerized presentations regarding all aspects of growing azaleas for the average gardener
• how-to booklets


research grant application form

To help ensure our proper evaluation of your application, please either:
• print this form, complete it, and send it as your application; or
• send us substantially the same information asked for here.

You may include extra pages as required (referenced to the above numbers), and any desired supporting information concerning bibliographic references, related projects and curricula vitae of the researcher(s).

Project Title*
Project Leader Name:*
Project Leader E-mail:*
Researcher 1*
Researcher 1 E-mail:*
Researcher 2
Researcher 2 E-mail:
Description of the project and its significance to the ASA (project objective, ASA area(s) of interest, project background and justification, any preliminary results):*
Justification of funds requested: *
What other funds are being or will be asked for from other sources for this project:*
Proposed duration of project:*
Publication of results: You must agree to submit results of the project to the ASA suitable for publication in our journal The Azalean.*
Signature of Project Leader (digital or image)*
Date Submitted:*
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Please submit the application form and any supplemental information as an MS Word or PDF file to: Azalea Research Fund or write the chairman at

Azalea Research Fund
Hale Booth
7085 Sawyer Road
Signal Mountain TN 37377