The USGA Green Section relies on science for answers that ensure the long-term success of the golf course management industry. Regional grants were created to quickly answer applied problems to help superintendents meet the challenges of managing golf courses. The regional grants allows directors of all four USGA Green Section regions to identify applied problems and the appropriate researchers in their regions to solve those problems. Research projects funded under this program most often include cultural aspects of golf course management. Examples include what fungicides work best on a particular disease, or the management of new turfgrass cultivars, renovation techniques, safe and effective use of herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizers. These projects are usually only one to two years in duration, but can offer golf course superintendents answers to practical, management-oriented challenges that they can put into use quickly. Twelve projects are currently under investigation.