2016 Health Research Grants


Over 15 years ago, California’s fresh grape growers established a health research grant program to help discover how and why grapes are beneficial to health. 

Call for Letters of Intent is NOW: October 21–December 1, 2015!  Each fall, Letters of Intent are solicited from the research community.  These are reviewed and finalists are invited to submit full proposals.  The commission’s scientific advisory panel of distinguished researchers conducts the rigorous grant review and selection.

The grape research has covered a wide range of health topics including heart, joint, brain, and eye health, as well as certain cancers.  To view the list of funded research to date click here.

Grape research is conducted using a freeze-dried whole grape powder, designed to facilitate reproducible data and to provide researchers with a grape sample that is available year round.  For human studies, a grape powder placebo is made available.

If you are a researcher that would like to submit a Letter of Intent to the commission, please review the attached documents which outline the guidelines for submitting.  Letters of Intent are due to the commission Tuesday, December 1, 2015, by 5 p.m. PST.


LOI Solicitation Letter

LOI Guidelines

Grape Powder Overview

Grape Powder Usage Guidelines

List of Previously Funded Studies


Published studies and final reports on table grapes and health research are available for viewing if desired, to help inform new research proposals in a given area.  To access this section, click here.