Cotton Foundation Project Support

The U.S. cotton industry is enjoying a healthy return on investment from Foundation member support of general projects and special projects. National Cotton Council staff estimates that accounting for cash and in-kind services, the Foundation’s general projects, for example, enjoy a return of about $3 for every dollar devoted to these projects. By supporting these projects, the Foundation is truly fostering innovative: 1) research to find solutions to cotton problems; 2) technology to implement those solutions; 3) education to speed new research application and 4) communication to spread information throughout cotton's production and marketing chain.


Request for Proposals

The Cotton Foundation is actively seeking research proposals for funding in 2025. Research proposals can encompass any subject, ranging from the production of raw fiber to finished textiles.  You will find below a PDF containing additional information and directions for submitting research proposals.   

Click here to download the Request for Proposals.


General Projects 2023-2024


A new general project is support U.S. cotton sustainability efforts, including such practices as this no-till cultivation.

  • Journal of Cotton Science 
  • Cotton Pest Loss Survey 
  • Enhancing Cotton Industry Education and Information through the National Cotton Council Web Site 
  • EPA Residual Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR) for the “Vegetable Oil Production” Source Category (MACT Standards Review) 
  • Sustainability of U.S. Cotton 
  • Information and Research on Potential Consumer, Environmental and Workplace Risks 
  • Book Documenting the History of the Pink Bollworm Eradication Program 
  • Verification of Risk Assessment Data and Evaluation 
  • FOV4: Threat to Upland Cotton Production  
  • Cotton Seed Bug Research 
  • Pest Management Strategic Plan 
  • Scholarship Initiative 
  • Cotton Disease Compendium 

Research Screening Committee*

Mr. Jeffrey S. Mink, Chairman, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., Memphis, TN
Chad Brewer, National Cotton Council, Cordova, TN
Mrs. Jennifer Crumpler, Bayer CropScience, St Louis, MO
Mr. Joel C. Faircloth, Dow Agrosciences, Collierville, TN
Ms. Natalie Hummel, Adama, Raleigh, NC
Mr. Scott A. Kohne, BASF Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC
Mr. Paul Ollerton, Olam Cotton Sunshine Gin, Casa Grande, AZ
Ms. Charlotte Sanson, Adama, Raleigh, NC
Ms. Cindy Smith, Gowan USA, LLC, ,
Mr. Russell Sutton, Products by Big 12, dba Consolidated, Lubbock, TX
Mr. Paul D. Vaculin, AMVAC, Collierville, TN
Mrs. Marjory Walker, National Cotton Council, Cordova, TN

Mr. Kater Hake, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC

*Each year, the Foundation's Research Screening Committee reviews and prioritizes general project proposals before submitting their recommended project list for approval by the Foundation's trustees at the Foundation annual meeting.


Lloyd Arthur, a Ralls, TX, cotton producer, briefs Mid-South and Southeast cotton producers on High Plains water issues as part of the 2022 Producer Information Exchange program.

Special Projects 2023-2024

Cotton Nematode & Seedling Disease Research & Education

Emering Leaders Program

Producer Information Exchange

Multi-Commodity Education Program
Deere & Company

Cotton Weed Science Conference
AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, FMC, Syngenta

Educational Outreach
Bayer, FMC, Syngenta, Corteva, Valent


Ongoing Special Project Contributions

Several Foundation members support the NCC-coordinated Beltwide Cotton Conferences - helping the NCC produce a quality conference with modest attendee registration fees. The BWCC continue to strengthen collaboration of cotton research across crop consultant associations, state universities, federal institutions, and allied industries as well as providing agricultural students an opportunity to become engaged with prospective employers.

The Foundation continues to distribute volumes in its Cotton Reference Book Series, which can be ordered online. The series includes Weeds of Cotton, Cotton Harvest Management, Stress Physiology in Cotton, Flowering and Fruiting in Cotton, Linking Physiology to Management and Boll Weevil Eradication in the United States Through 1999. The Cotton Foundation series reference books can be purchased from the Foundation at

Some other efforts helpful to cotton's overall research and education effort include the periodic development and distribution of various NCC-produced educational videotapes. The Gin Lab Symposium, sponsored by Delta and Pine Land, Syngenta, and Bayer, aids in familiarizing state land grants extension specialists with post-harvest processes of ginning and textiles to improve appreciation of end user needs.


These 2024 High Cotton recipients and previous years’ winners, represent the four major Cotton Belt regions – Southeast, Mid-South, Southwest and West.

Awards and Endowments 2023-2024

High Cotton Awards
Farm Progress Publications

Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair in Molecular Genetics
Endowment: $1,000,000

The C. Everette Salyer Fellowship in Cotton Research is administered by Texas A&M University's Entomology Department which provides more details and a list of previous winners on its website.
Endowment: $300,000

Cottonseed Oil Clinic
Endowment: $60,000


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