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The Mary Sue Ittner Grant for Bulb Research is an annual competitive grant available to PBS members to support any aspect of basic research, field-work, conservation, education, and horticultural discoveries that are geared towards "bulbs". Any plant(s) that fits the definition of a bulb as defined by the PBS Wiki will qualify.

Calls for applications are usually made in Spring of each year. Click the application PDF below for details.

Application PDF

Due date: March 31, 2024

Supported Work

Research papers from successful applicants' studies and field reports are available, thanks to the support of the MSI Grant Funds, for example:
  • Riqueza de especies y distribución geográfica de la subtribu Hippeastrinae (Amaryllidaceae) en México
    (Species richness and geographic distribution of the subtribe Hippeastrinae (Amaryllidaceae) in Mexico)
    by Christian Valdes-Ibarra , Guadalupe Munguía-Lino & Aarón Rodríguez - Download(Spanish)

Awarded Applications

  • No applications received
2021 2020
  • Molly Carney - camas as a food crop
  • Bryan MacNeill - pollination of Polianthes
2019 2018
  • Annika Smith: "Floral diversity and dynamic evolutionary processes in three Chilean species of Tropaeolum"
  • Christian Valdes-Ibarra: "Richness and geographic distribution of Zephyranthes (Amaryllidaceae) in Mexico"
  • Samantha Hartogs: "Floral traits and pollination syndrome in Thalictrum"
  • Jesus Martinez-Gomez: "Umbel-viable Diversity in Allium!"
  • Carrie Tribble: "Phylogeography and trait evolution of the ethnobotanically important Bomarea edulis"
  • Evan Eifler: "Geissorhiza (Iridaceae), not just another pretty flower, an evolutionary epic waiting to be told"
  • Mariano Saviello: "Studies and tissue culture of the endangered Habranthus sanavirone"
  • Cody Howard: "The evolutionary history of the Ledebouriinae (Asparagaceae, Scilloideae)"
  • No applications received
2014 2013