Public University Research Grants

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The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is accepting proposals from public universities in California for research projects related to the implementation and effect of Proposition 64, the voter initiative passed in November 2016, which legalized the non-medicinal adult-use of cannabis.


All proposals must propose research that addresses at least one of the following areas. The research areas include public health, criminal justice and public safety, economic, environmental impacts, and the cannabis industry. Specifically, they include:

Public Health Research. Research in this area should focus on the impacts of the cannabis industry on public health. This may include:

·         Health costs associated with cannabis use;

·         Cannabis use rates, such as cannabis use association with an increase or decrease in alcohol or drug use;

·         Rates of diagnosis for cannabis related substance disorders and effectiveness of treatment programs;

·         The effects of cannabis potency levels on health; and

·         Impacts of marketing, advertising and packaging on cannabis use by youth.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Research. Research in this area should focus on the impacts of the cannabis industry on criminal justice and public safety. This may include:

·         Impacts on law enforcement;

·         Impacts on public resources;

·         Cannabis use by youth;

·         Outcomes achieved by changes in criminal penalties with cannabis legalization; and

·         Impacts on outcomes in the juvenile justice system, including up-charging for cannabis related offenses and probation-based treatments.

Economic Impacts Research. Research in this area should focus on the impacts of the cannabis industry on the economy. This may include:

·         Impacts on private and public sectors;

·         Government administrative costs and revenue;

·         Tax structures and rates;

·         Cannabis prices in the licensed and unlicensed markets;

·         Monopolies and anti-competitive behavior and prevention thereof;

·         Job creation; and

·         Workplace safety.

Environmental Impacts Research. Research in this area should focus on the impacts of the cannabis industry on the environment. This may include:

·         Environmental impacts related to cannabis production and the criminal prohibition of cannabis production.

Cannabis Industry Research. Research in this area should focus on more generalized impacts of the cannabis industry. This may include:

·         Location, structure, and function of licensed cannabis business;

·         Whether regulation of the cannabis industry is consistent with Proposition 64 and effectiveness of regulatory methods; and

·         Demographic date, including race, ethnicity, and gender.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Grant funds are available to public universities in California. The Bureau will consider only one proposal per applicant for a given research project. Applicants may submit more than one proposal if the proposals are for separate and distinct research projects or activities. Applicants will not be awarded more than two million dollars for any specific proposal.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
November 6, 2020
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Two years*

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1 – $2,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Proposition 64 imposed taxes on the cultivation and sale of cannabis. A portion of these taxes, $10,000,000 annually has been designated for grants to public universities to research and evaluate its impact, pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 34019.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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