Research & Education Fund
Many American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members and clubs base activities and brew sessions around learning about various aspects of the brewing process—and the AHA wants to help you continue and improve your projects through the Research & Education Fund (REF).
Potential funding is now available for AHA members seeking to do research that can be shared with the AHA membership. This research could involve anything relating to making your homebrew better, including things like ingredients, temperature rests, fermentation characteristics, equipment building.
AHA members should submit a Research & Education Fund Proposal to apply for assistance with their research. Members will be asked to identify their concept and provide a budget request.
The REF Committee will review proposals based on various criteria and determine and communicate member eligibility.
AHA members can access reports from Completed Research projects funded by the REF.
The Fine Print
Reimbursement is available for proposals that deliver a satisfactory write-up. Research results will be posted to an AHA members-only section of HomebrewersAssociation.org.
The reimbursement is intended for actual supplies and services (grains, hops, yeast, adjuncts, honey, cider, unique fabrications, laboratory analytics, etc.). Hobby labor is not included. It is hoped that not all requests are for 100 percent of costs, and that clubs in particular might propose sharing costs—which would allow more members and their clubs to participate.
Members may receive requests for additional information, recommended modifications or suggestions to enhance their proposal from the REF committee prior to obtaining approval. Responses will need to be made in a timely manner as not to impede the review and approval process.
Upon submitting satisfactory research findings, reimbursement can be requested with the appropriate receipts. The REF Committee can approve partial funding upfront on a case-by-case basis.
National Homebrewers Conference
The National Homebrewers Conference has been identified as another area that the REF can help support. With the annual conference approaching 3,500 attendees, it's increasingly challenging to provide samples that support speakers at conferences of these sizes.
Additional funds can be requested for presentations where the end product is shared at a National Homebrewers Conference presentation. These presentations could be conducted at a scheduled session, shared at the Liberty Well Social Club as a technical poster presentation, or other venue agreed upon at a conference.
The R&EF Committee will:
- continuously monitor the program.
- communicate and modify the program guidelines based on experience and feedback.
- review the program to determine its success and look for areas of improvement.
- remain cognizant of the required resources to fund and administer the program.
- continue to request funding based on membership feedback, participation and results.
Contact the REF Committee by email.
AHA Governing Committee members and volunteers that make up the REF subcommittee include Chris Frey (Chair), Martin Brungard, Debra Cerda, Sandy Cockerham, Harold Gulbransen, Jake Keeler, Adam Lauver, Randy Mosher, Aimee Richard, Susan Ruud, Troy Stevens, Roxanne Westendorf as well as appropriate members of the American Homebrewers Association staff.