Oct 6, 2016
$250,000 in grants available to address pest issues in West

The Western Integrated Pest Management Center is making about $250,000 in grant funding available to individuals and organizations developing IPM resources.

The request for applications was posted on the center’s website at www.westernipm.org. Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 9, and funded projects will begin in spring 2017.

Applicants eligible to apply include private individuals and institutions, businesses, commodity organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and faculty and staff of two- and four-year universities.

“These grants aren’t just for university-based researchers,” said Center Director Amanda Crump. “Commodity groups, non-profit agencies and tribal groups have all received grants in recent years, and have a valuable role to play in developing and promoting sustainable, IPM-based pest management.”

To qualify for a Western IPM Center grant, the primary project director must be in the Western Region, but collaborators may be from outside the region. The Western Region is Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

This year, grant dollars are available in four categories:

  • Project Initiation Grants, which begin new IPM research; $30,000 maximum
  • Work Group Grants, which bring collaborators together; $30,000 maximum
  • Outreach and Implementation Grants, which directly promote IPM adoption; $30,000 maximum
  • IPM Planning Documents, which create crop profiles and pest management strategic plans; $15,000 maximum

“We encourage collaborative proposal and multi-disciplinary, multi-state teams, so there is a great opportunity for commodity organizations and others to participate,” Crump said. “Collaboration is an asset, and stakeholder involvement is critical.”

Both the grants and Center’s priorities are described in detail on center’s website at www.westernipm.org.

The Western Integrated Pest Management Center is one of four regional centers funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Western IPM Center Competitive Grants Request for Applications can be downloaded at www.westernipm.org.

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