Krishna Ella GARDEN Grant

Krishna Ella Global Agricultural Research and Development Network (GARDEN) Grant

Purpose: To seed and promote activities by CALS faculty and staff towards developing a Global Agricultural Research and Development Network (GARDEN).

Eligibility: All CALS faculty (with tenure home in a CALS department) and academic staff.

Timeline: The call for proposals for 2023 will be announced in January. Funds will be available for 12 months from date of acceptance, reimbursed to the project quarterly. Unused funds will revert to CALS Global at grant completion.

Application Process: Please submit a two-page description (single-spaced, 11-point or larger font, and standard 1-inch margins) of the proposed GARDEN activity. Include a brief budget not to exceed $5,000 along with a description of any expected leveraged support. Budget should not exceed one-page. The entire document, including a two-page CV, should be submitted by the deadline as a single pdf document to with a subject headline ‘CALS Global GARDEN grant.’ The entire application should not exceed five pages.

Supported Activities:

  1. Research project development or implementation in or with another country
  2. Support for graduate research at an international institution
  3. Travel to an international partner institution to collaborate on project development or a grant proposal
  4. Hosting an international partner or visiting scientist at UW/CALS to strengthen global networking
  5. Other activities may be considered but need to receive approval from CALS Global before the time of submission

Review Process: A sub-committee of the CALS International Committee will review all applications and prepare a ranked list based on published criteria. The Director of CALS Global will make the final selection.

For further information, please contact CALS Global Executive Assistant, Julia Frangul (

Past Recipients

Claudia Irene Calderón (2022) – Department of Horticulture

Pilot program for a ‘Campesino a Campesino’ (farmer to farmer) exchange of agroecological-based practices in Guatemala

This program connected producers from Chiquimula (eastern Guatemala) and San Marcos (western Guatemala) with two exchanges consisting of four on-farm demonstrations with each exchange. In the future, the team hopes to build upon the lessons learned from this pilot project to scale ‘Campesino a Campesino’ exchanges to include other agroecological groups from different regions of Mesoamerica.

Bradley Bolling (2022) – Department of Food Science

Developing a Colombian-Wisconsin food and health research partnership

The objective of this project was to initiate a scholarly exchange with the University of Manizales and the University of Caldos in Manizales, Colombia. Members of the Bolling research group visited Manizales, Colombia for a scholarly exchange, and toured research and clinical facilities that will be employed in collaborative research partnerships.

James Crall (2021) – Department of Entomology

Using computer vision to study native bumble bees in Mexican agroecosystems

With this award, the Crall lab established the groundwork for a collaborative, international research program investigating the health and management of bumble bees in Mesoamerican agroecosystems. Specifically, they conducted pilot experiments assessing the applicability of their tracking methods to studying native B. epphipiatus in Mexico.