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PLANT PROFILES

FUNDING GREEN ROOF
PLANT RESEARCH IN
NORTH AMERICA - PART II
This is the second part of an article that appeared
in the Spring 2019 Commemorative Edition. The
first official face-to-face meeting of the GRHC
Research Committee took place during 2004 at
the CitiesAlive conference in Portland, Oregon.

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t this meeting six long-term objectives were agreed upon: (1)
identify research priorities and establish needs, (2) encourage
high quality research, (3) encourage regional and international
collaborative and multi-disciplinary research, (4) disseminate
our knowledge, (5) help locate funding and encourage funding of
green roof research projects, and (6) develop an endowment or
main source of funding to be awarded to selected projects. I discussed objectives 1 through 4 in the previous 20 Anniversary issue
of the LAM. However, we are still a long way from meeting objectives 5 and 6. In my opinion, the number one reason why there
isn't more research being conducted is due to the lack of funding.
We tried to address this issue in 2005 when we invited representatives from numerous federal funding agencies to the conference
in Washington, DC. Only one representative from the American
Nursery and Landscape Association attended and his visit did not
materialize into any immediate funding.
The fact is that funding for green roof research is not readily
available. I can't speak for others, but I know what it costs to run a
research program at MSU. I need at least $100,000 annually and
I actually need more than that as the university will take 55% of
any grant I receive to pay for overhead. All graduate students in
our department are on a research assistantship which currently

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costs me $40,389 per year to
pay their stipend, tuition, and
health insurance. I also need to
secure funding to rent research
space where my roof platforms
are located, rent space in the
Plant Science Greenhouses,
purchase any necessary
equipment such as sensors and
dataloggers, pay for analysis
of lab samples, purchase a
computer for my office, pay
my phone bill, and pay travel
expenses to attend conferences
such as CitiesAlive.
This may seem extreme as
most employers in the private
sector provided their employees
with the tools and resources
they need to perform their job.
However, MSU is a land grant
research intensive institution,

Image courtesy B. Rowe

DR. BRADLEY ROWE, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU), EAST LANSING

so expectations are such that
you raise enough grant funding
so that the overhead charged
on these grants pays for your
use of university facilities as
well as a portion of your salary
and benefits. In my case, my
appointment is 67% general
fund (teaching six classes,
serving as undergraduate
programs coordinator for our
department along with other
administrative duties, and
outreach) and 33% research.
For an applied researcher like
myself, this can be difficult to
secure enough grant funding.
Other faculty in my
department are involved in more
basic science in the disciplines
of plant breeding, genetics, and
molecular biology or are funded
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