Funding Opportunities for the Western IPM Center

WIPMC Announces Request for Applications: Deadline Thursday, August 19, 2004


Western Integrated Pest Management Center
Request for Applications - 2004
Addressing Critical Issues in IPM
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Summary Project and Award Information
Funding Opportunity Description Eligibility
Review Process and Proposal Evaluation Criteria Application Format
Matching Funds Submission of Proposals

SUMMARY

The Western Integrated Pest Management Center announces the availability of funds and requests proposals for projects that address critical issues in IPM and support the goals of the Western Integrated Pest Management Center. The Center goals are: 1) Serve as a focal point for interactive communication, 2) Involve stakeholders in identifying needs and priorities for IPM in serving agriculture, food and natural resource systems, 3) Facilitate the development of knowledge, information, technology, communication, and education to enhance IPM for the benefit of regional stakeholders and the environment, 4) Promote interdisciplinary and multi-organizational collaborations, 5) Facilitate relationships with multiple government agencies, 6) Promote collaboration to minimize duplication of effort, 7) Organize responses to emerging regional issues, and 8) Manage resources to facilitate regional IPM programs and activities.

I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

The Western IPM Center will give priority to applications that address or include:

A. General Priority Areas

  1. Development and implementation of integrated approaches of management practices and their impacts on pests (insects, diseases, weeds, etc.).
  2. Development and implementation of models to assist in controlling new and emerging pest problems.
  3. Research on invasive/difficult weeds in cropping systems and natural areas
  4. Outreach and demonstration activities specific to IPM implementation.
  5. Outreach on endangered species protection.

B. Specific, Current, Areas of Emphases

In the current funding cycle, the Western IPM Center is particularly interested in funding projects that address:

  1. Pest management and water quality (e.g., salmon): Direct impacts on endangered species both in urban and agriculture settings.
  2. Soil arthropods control.
  3. Management of thrips and plant pathogens vectored by them in onions.
  4. Alternatives for wireworm control.
  5. Root maggot control in cole crops.
  6. Olive Fruit Fly control.

C. Other Considerations

1. Stakeholder Involvement

The Western IPM Center is committed to addressing the pest management needs expressed by diverse stakeholders. Applications must include explicit citations that document the stakeholder-identified needs addressed by the proposed project. Sources of stakeholder-identified needs include, but are not limited to:

  1. Recommendations or reports from program advisory committees;
  2. Identified critical needs listed in Pest Management Strategic Plans (available online at http://www.ipmcenters.org/);
  3. Recommendations from stakeholder groups; and
  4. Other documented needs assessment evaluations.

Explicitly citing such sources demonstrates both that a project is important, and that the Project Directors (PDs) and the grants program are engaged within the community.

2. Multi-State Involvement

The Western IPM Center encourages collaborations among state programs for purposes of efficiency, economy, and synergy. Applications must describe benefits to more than one state. Projects involving multi-state collaboration are preferred, but those undertaken by PDs in a single state that will benefit other states in the region are also encouraged.

 II. REVIEW PROCESS AND PROPOSAL EVALUATION CRITERIA

All proposals received will be acknowledged. A Review Panel will be convened in September to evaluate all the proposals. Proposals will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the Center RFA’s priorities, Center goals, and regional IPM issues.
  2. Feasibility of completing the project objectives within the proposed time frame.
  3. Appropriateness and clarity of the requested budget.
  4. Backgrounds and qualifications of personnel in relation to the proposed objectives.
  5. Expected outcomes and their relevance to the IPM Roadmap (http://www.ipmcenters.org/IPMRoadMap.pdf) and Western IPM Center Goals.

III. MATCHING FUNDS

Matching funds are not required, however matching funds are encouraged. Any matching funds should be included in the budget narrative for review by the Review Panel.

IV. PROJECT AND AWARD INFORMATION

A. Project Types

The duration of a project can be for either one or two years.

1. Outreach and Implementation

This funding category enhances outreach efforts that support the wide-scale implementation of IPM methods and maximize opportunities to build strategic alliances with industry and user groups to expand their active participation in increasing the adoption of IPM methods.

2. Research

This funding category develops the research base needed for the construction of comprehensive pest management systems that have a strong likelihood of contributing to on-going IPM implementation efforts. Research may be proposed to develop individual tactics needed for pest management systems (e.g., biocontrol, cultural control, host resistance) or to increase the understanding of how interactions among tactics alter the effectiveness of pest management systems tactics within agricultural, forest, suburban, and urban ecosystems.

3. Projects that Integrate Research and Outreach and Implementation

This funding category provides an opportunity for projects to integrate across the first two types.

B. Available Funding

Approximately $300,000 is available for this competitive program. Of this amount, approximately $200,000 is expected to be available for outreach and implementation and $100,000 for research. Proposals are expected to be in the range of $20,000 to $30,000 annually. The Project Review Panel reserves the right to recommend shifting funds between project types in order to fund the highest priority and best quality projects.

C. Eligibility

Geographically, the Center covers the following states and territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and Northern Marianas. Applications from private individuals and institutions, businesses, commodity organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations are invited. The primary project director must be from within the Western Region; however, collaboration with individuals outside the region is encouraged.

Project directors are strongly encouraged to collaborate with institutions or groups in other states; with other colleges and universities; with representatives of private and non-governmental agencies, including, but not limited to, grower and commodity organizations, environmental groups, and consumer groups; with other federal and state agencies; and with other stakeholders appropriate to the needs of the project. In such cases, one proposal and budget should be submitted and the proposal should clearly identify the plans for coordinating the project during the implementation phase.

V. APPLICATION FORMAT

Application must include:

A. Title: Should be brief, clear, and specific. The title must be limited to 100 spaces (letters, punctuation, and spaces between words).

B. Abstract: Must be a clear summary of the project, its objectives, procedures for accomplishing the objectives and expected outcomes. It should also identify the priority area you are addressing and the type of project (Outreach and Implementation, Research, or a combination of both). Include a brief statement of how the proposed project meets the RFA’s priorities. This should appear on the first page and not exceed 1,000 spaces (letters, punctuation, and spaces between words).

C. Objectives: A concise, complete, clear, logically arranged, and numbered series of statements defining the specific objectives of the project.

D. Procedures: There must be a numbered procedure statement to correspond with each numbered objective. These statements should outline the essential working plans and methods that will be employed in attaining each objective. Phases of the work to be undertaken concurrently should be designated. The procedure statement should show that the project needs and plans have been considered carefully and the proposed work has the potential of providing data and information that will permit accomplishing the objectives. PDs must incorporate measurable goals and outcomes into their projects. This information will provide a basis for the annual evaluation of the individual projects.

E. Curriculum Vitae: Submit a curriculum vitae for the Principal Investigator and any co-P.I.s of no more than 3 pages including any relevant publications during the last 5 years.

F. Previous Work and Present Outlook: Provide a brief summary discussing pertinent experience, the status of current work, additional information needed, and how this project is expected to contribute to this need. The nature of the project and its objectives will determine the ease of predicting success, but where feasible it is appropriate to indicate the likelihood of achieving the objectives in a specified length of time.

G. Outcomes: Identify the expected outcomes of the project and how it relates to the goals of the WIPM Center as stated in this RFA and the National IPM Roadmap.

H. Literature Cited: Only those publications cited should be listed in this section; 15 literature citations should be the maximum for most projects. To provide uniformity, the following format should be used: Author(s). Title. Journal. Volume: Pages. Year.

I. Probable Duration: An estimate of the time that will be required to complete the objectives must be a component of all proposals. The duration of a project can be for either one or two years.

J. Length of Proposal: Proposals should not exceed five (5) pages in length, excluding budgets and other attachments. Proposals must be typed in a 12 point (10 cpi) or larger font using 8 _ by 11 inch paper, single-sided and single-spaced with one inch vertical and horizontal margins. Pages must be numbered beginning with the proposal narrative.

K. Collaborative Arrangements

If the project includes consulting, collaborative or sub contractual arrangements, such arrangements should be fully explained and justified in the budget and budget narrative. In addition, evidence should be provided that the collaborators involved have agreed to render these services, such as a letter of intent or statement of work from the individual or organization.

L. Budget: Each proposal must include a detailed budget form (CSREES-2004) for each year of requested support and a budget form that summarizes total project costs for the duration of the project. This form, and others may be downloaded with the "Standard Application Kit" at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/forms.html. A brief budget justification statement (i.e., Budget Narrative) is required and must provide details for each line item in the budget. Indirect costs of up to 19% of the total cost of the project can be supported by these funds. Additional details on budget issues are available, upon request, at the Western Region Integrated Pest Management Center office.

L. Attachments: Form CSREES-2002 (Proposal Cover Page) must be attached as a cover sheet. A completed form CSREES-2005 (Current and Pending Support) must also be included for each principal investigator and co-principal investigator. Both forms are available at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/forms.html.

M. Signatures: Each proposal must be signed by the appropriate university/corporate officer.

N. Progress Report: A progress report to the Director will be due by August 30, 2005 for multi-year projects.

O. Currently Funded PIs: Principal Investigators submitting new proposals that have existing projects should submit a progress report on their current project along with their new funding request.

P. Final Report: A final report must be submitted to the Director by January 1, 2006. This report should provide the status of all the objectives in the funded project.

VI. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Eight (8) hard copies (including the original with all required signatures) and one electronic version (Word or WordPerfect for Windows) on CD or diskette of each proposal must be received by the Western Region Integrated Pest Management Center by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2004. Facsimile copies are not acceptable. Send proposals to:

Mr. Rick Melnicoe
Western Integrated Pest Management Center
Department of Environmental Toxicology
4249 Meyer Hall (Only Needed For FedEx)
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8588
530-754-8378

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