Request for Proposals: Strategic Plan, 2022-2027

Issued October 18, 2021

The National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, created in 2005 as an industry-led coalition to prioritize and address the research needs of the grape and wine industry. Thus, we represent the research needs for wine grapes, juice grapes, table grapes and raisins, nationwide. NGRA works collaboratively to catalyze larger-scale, game-changing research that affects the entire industry and is of a scope that no one company or segment of the industry could impact as effectively alone. We also work to secure increased government, academic and private sector funding to accomplish our most important research needs, whether for individual projects or institutionalized scientific programs (as at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, for example). We strive to ensure research findings are made available to industry members through extension and outreach resources in the field. Ultimately, our vision is that the U.S. grape and wine industries lead the world in sustainability, value and quality. Our mission is to drive research to maximize the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the American grape industries.

Scope of Services
Due to changes in leadership and Board composition, NGRA has not renewed its strategic plan since 2013. We now seek to create a new strategic plan that will leverage opportunities and address issues that have emerged as our organization has matured and evolved, and that recognizes that the environment in which we operate has changed significantly in no small part due to the Covid-19 pandemic…and is unlikely to ever be quite the same.

We intend to develop a bold, thoughtful and dynamic plan with a horizon of at least five years (some goals may require a longer timeframe) that will enable us to confidently and uniquely meet and even anticipate industry research needs, and that will be rigorously renewed every five years to come. Plan will include the flexibility to respond to significant changes in the research or industry environments as needed. We seek a qualified consultant to facilitate the creation of this new plan.

View the complete RFP and instructions for responding here. All proposals are due by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, November 8, 2021.