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Grants Programs: Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research

Request for New Proposals, 2005 - 2008
Deadline: April 15, 2005

University of California
Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program and
UC Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research

Required forms
Search projects database
Research workshop (October 12, 2005)
Request for new proposals, with
budget format and instructions
(PDF* 32K)

Deadline for submission:
April 15, 2005

All proposals must be received in the University of California Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) office in Davis by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2005.

No exceptions will be made for late proposals.

 

Goals of the Exotic/Invasive
Pests and Diseases Research
Program (EPDRP)

The University of California Statewide IPM Program and the UC Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research (CISR) are soliciting new proposals for developing and promoting basic and applied research programs linked to extension , that address exotic pests and diseases found in agricultural, urban, and natural environments in California. In the evaluation process and relative ranking of research proposals for funding, reviewers will consider the importance of the research to California and priority areas that have been identified by the EPDRP Advisory Committee. Proposals are particularly encouraged on exotic pests that have only recently arrived in California, and on the development of improved methods for risk assessment, early detection, and rapid deployment of management (including postharvest controls) or eradication measures. Multidisciplinary and multi-institutional proposals are encouraged as appropriate to address specific issues, and to allow the results of sponsored research projects to have broader utility. An extension or outreach program to disseminate information resulting from the research is a key consideration in reviews of proposals.

For descriptions of proposals previously funded by this program, search the projects database on the UC IPM Web site.

   

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed in three areas: agricultural, urban, and natural environments. Funding criteria and priorities for projects in each area are described on the following pages. Each proposal must indicate the Scientific Review Panel to which the proposal should be directed. Be sure to meet the requirements stated under the description of the designated panel. If the PI or cooperator is a member of a Scientific Review Panel, the proposal must be sent to another panel. When Scientific Review Panel expertise is insufficient for adequate review, comments from other UC or external scientists will be solicited.

Scientific Review Panels in the areas of agricultural, natural, and urban systems will review all proposals. Reviewers will consider the appropriateness of the proposal to meet those needs, the experimental design, and the adequacy of the personnel and facilities to ensure the fulfillment of the objectives of the proposal. The Technical Committee will establish a single ranking of projects, based on Scientific Panel reviews. The Program Advisory Committee, upon examination of reviews and rankings of the Scientific Review Panels and Technical Committee, will make recommendations for funding. The UC IPM Director has final responsibility for approval and the size of individual awards.

   

Eligibility and Conflict of Interest

The Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program will solicit proposals from scientists affiliated with public research institutions, both within and outside of California. Funding is not restricted to University of California investigators, although projects are strongly encouraged to include at least one UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources academic employee as an investigator, to ensure relevance to exotic pests and diseases/invasive species of particular importance to California, and linkage to the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension systems.

If any PI or cooperator is a member of a Scientific Review Panel, the proposal must be sent to a different panel for review.

   

Funding and Reporting

It is anticipated that approximately $1.7 million will be provided by USDA/CSREES for distribution to projects under this program. Although there is no policy regarding maximum award, the program would like to fund about four to seven projects in each area. Projects must be completed within three years.

Funds will be available in September 2005, for use from September 2005, through August 31, 2008. Although funds may be requested for up to three years, successful projects will receive funding on a year-to-year basis, pending receipt of an acceptable progress report. An annual progress report must be submitted during each year of funding; a final report is due approximately six months following termination of the project. A call for progress and/or final reports will be sent to PIs each year.

PIs will be required to attend an Annual Research Workshop in late summer where they will give a presentation on their project. As a condition of funding, PIs are also required to actively assist IPM Education and Publications in writing an appropriate Pest Note or to contribute to relevant Pest Management Guidelines, when requested by the IPM Program.

   

Major Budget Restrictions

Following USDA/CSREES requirements, no funds will be awarded for the renovation or refurbishment of research spaces; the purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such spaces; or for the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of a building or facility.

No part of the approved funds may be utilized for tuition remission.

Indirect costs are not allowable and no funds will be approved for this purpose. Further, costs that are a part of the institution's indirect cost pool, (e.g., administrative or clerical salaries), may not be reclassified as direct costs for the purpose of making them allowable.

Requests for nonexpendable equipment or foreign travel will be forwarded to USDA/CSREES for their approval before a final decision is made to fund a proposal.

   

Certifications

All forms are available on the Web under the heading ‹Standard Application Forms.Š

Animal Care in Research and Human Subjects Research
Form CSREES-2008 (section B) will be required if a project involves the use of living vertebrate animals for experimental purposes. For proposals recommended for funding involving the use of live vertebrate animals, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval is required before funds will be released.

CSREES-2008 (section C) will be required if a project requires the use of human subjects. For proposals recommended for funding involving use of human subjects, Institutional Committee approval is required before funds will be released.

Recombinant DNA or RNA Research
All key personnel identified in a proposal and all endorsing officials of the proposing organization are required to comply with the National Institutes of Health "Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules." For proposals recommended for funding, Institutional Biosafety Committee approval is required before funds will be released. Complete form CSREES-2008 (section A).

Other Required Certifications
Institutions (other than the University of California) receiving awards must provide required certifications set forth in 7 CFR Part-3017, regarding Debarment and Suspension and Drug-Free Workplace (AD1048).

Form CSREES-2006 is required to indicate the candidate's opinion of whether the project may require an Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement, as outlined in 7 CFR Part 3407.

   

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted through the PI's Contracts and Grants Office. Please note that the proposals must clearly address ALL current and pending support, as described further near the end of this RFP, or they may be rejected. One hard copy and one electronic copy of the proposal are required. Send proposals (with all required signatures and completed CSREES forms) to:

Via U. S. Postal Service

Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program
c/o Statewide IPM Program
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8621

Via Other Carriers

Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program
c/o Statewide IPM Program
Robbins Hall Annex
University of California
Davis, CA 95616-8621
(530) 752-5336

The electronic version may be included on CD with the hard copy, or e-mailed (with "EPDRP" in the subject line) as an attachment.

   

Notification of Awards

All proposals must be received in the UC IPM office in Davis by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2005. No exceptions will be made for late proposals.

Applicants will be notified of tentative approval in July 2005. Awards will be released after final approval by USDA/CSREES, approximately September 1.

   

Questions

Questions regarding this RFP should be referred to Melanie Caruso, Grants Assistant, UC IPM, at (530) 752-5336. Technical questions should be addressed to Dr. Rick Roush, UC IPM, at (530) 752-8350.

Research area descriptions and research priorities

Overall Priorities

In addition to meeting the areas of interest of one or more of the Scientific Review Panels listed below, highest priority will be given to projects that lead to a better understanding of the basic and applied biology of exotic pests and diseases that presently impact California or are likely to do so in the future. Proposals to investigate exotic pests or diseases that have not yet been detected in California must reasonably justify the study of such exotic pests or diseases and explain why they are a threat, or why they help to advance risk assessment and early intervention for California. Special consideration will be given to projects dealing with important pests that have received minor attention and pose a threat to California, that are interdisciplinary in nature, and that will rapidly result in new information that can be reasonably used by Californians. Proposals should address extension or outreach of information as well as research components.

In the following research-area descriptions, the terms "exotic pests and diseases/invasive species" are used in the broad context, and includes insects, mites, molluscs, nematodes, bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms, vertebrates, and weeds. The definition of ‹exoticŠ has been much debated in Review Panels for this program, especially for species of uncertain taxonomy or migratory status. It is an obligation of the PIs to explain why species should be considered exotic or to act as (or be seen as models for) exotics, e.g., that they are continuing to invade new regions, are showing increasing harm, and/or have newly invasive biotypes.

   

Agricultural Systems

Projects in the agricultural research area should focus on exotic pests and diseases/invasive species that have, or are anticipated to have, an effect on California agriculture. The projects may be either basic or applied, but they should clearly demonstrate their potential impact on agriculture in California. Studies might determine the origin of exotic pest species or the abiotic and biotic factors that affect their ability to successfully invade and establish populations. Other possible research areas might include studying the dynamics of pest populations or natural enemy and antagonist populations. Another area of investigation might be the development of pest management strategies for these exotic pests and diseases/invasive species.

The EPDRP would also support studies of indigenous or introduced biological control agents to determine their efficacy, and how they can be manipulated by cultural or other management practices to improve their efficacy against exotic pests and diseases/invasive species. Other approaches to control exotic pests and diseases/invasive species such as the effective application and use of plant growth regulators, pheromones, attractants, or repellents are appropriate.

Highest priority will be given to research that demonstrates a high potential to control or prevent the introduction of invasive pests.

   

Urban Systems

Projects in the urban research area should focus on exotic pests and diseases/invasive species that affect or could negatively impact the quality of life in urban communities. This might include parks and recreation areas, landscapes, schools, residences, businesses and industry, and other areas within cities. The projects may be either basic or applied, but they should clearly demonstrate their potential impact on human activities in the urban environment. Studies might determine the origin of exotic pest species or the abiotic and biotic factors that affect the ability of the exotic pest to successfully invade and establish populations in urban communities. Some other possible research areas might include studying the dynamics of pest populations or natural enemy and antagonist populations. Another area of investigation might be the management of these exotic pests and diseases/invasive species.

The EPDRP would also support studies of indigenous or introduced biological control agents to determine their efficacy, and how they can be manipulated by cultural or other management practices to improve their efficacy against exotic pests and diseases/invasive species. Other approaches to control exotic pests and diseases/invasive species such as the effective application and use of plant growth regulators, pheromones, attractants, or repellents might be appropriate.

Highest priority will be given to research that demonstrates a high potential to control or prevent the introduction of invasive pests that affect urban areas.

   

Natural Systems

Research in natural systems should focus on exotic pests and diseases/ invasive species that affect natural communities. These include freshwater, marine, and terrestrial areas outside of agricultural and urban developments. The projects may be either basic or applied, but they should clearly demonstrate their potential impact on natural systems. Studies might determine the origin of exotic pest species or the abiotic and biotic factors that affect the ability of the exotic pest to successfully invade and establish populations in natural communities. Some other possible research areas might include studying the dynamics of pest populations or natural enemy and antagonist populations. Another area of investigation might be the management of these exotic pests and diseases/invasive species.

The EPDRP would also support studies of indigenous or introduced biological control agents to determine their efficacy and how they can be manipulated by cultural or other management practices to improve their efficacy against exotic pests and diseases/invasive species. Other approaches to control exotic and pests and diseases/invasive species such as the effective application and use of plant growth regulators, pheromones, attractants, or repellents are appropriate.

Highest priority will be given to research that demonstrates a high potential to lead to the control, or prevent the introduction, of invasive pests in natural systems.

   

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
All Research Areas

Read these requirements to determine whether they apply to your proposal. If so, you must include the requested information under the appropriate headings in the body of the proposal.

  • Proposals must include a description of how the research would contribute towards the prevention, control, or mitigation of the invasive species in that particular system.
  • If current management practices must be altered to ensure the successful adoption of the research, these changes should be outlined.
  • Proposals should include an outreach and extension component to disseminate the information developed during the study.

Format for research proposals

Proposals will be evaluated in each area listed below. Proposals that do not follow this format or do not contain requested information will be rejected. Point totals assigned to each area are an indication of relative weighting.

FORMAT
Body of the proposal must be double-spaced, font-size 12 point or larger (Times, Times New Roman, Palatino), with one-inch margins, and must not exceed 10 pages. Proposals not meeting these specifications and not containing all required components will not be forwarded to Scientific Review Panels. See below for specific page limits for the required supplement, which includes budget, list of cited references, biographical sketches, current and pending grant support, and other required forms. All pages following the cover sheet should be numbered consecutively. Electronic version of proposals must be in MS Word format. They may be submitted on CD-ROM or through e-mail.

COVER SHEET (S)
Submitted to:
Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program

Date submitted:

Title:

Principal Investigator(s): List contact PI first. Include e-mail, department address and telephone number. Provide the same information for major cooperators. Be sure that all PIs and cooperators have reviewed the proposal and will play a significant role in the research. Each PI and cooperator must sign the proposal.

Budget total for 2005-2006 fiscal year:

Budget total over all years:

Expected duration of project (i.e., 1 year, 2 years, 3 years):

Scientific Review Panel most appropriate for reviewing this proposal (choose one only): 1) agriculture, 2) urban, 3) natural environments. Do not submit to any Scientific Review Panel of which any PI or cooperator is a member. Such proposals will automatically be reassigned to a different panel.

Keywords: Briefly characterize this project by specifying the following: crop(s), site or habitat; exotic pest(s) and/or disease(s) (include common and scientific name); additional important keywords

Project Summary: Include a summary of this project (approximately 100 words).

Required Signatures: For all PIs, their supervisors (department chair and/or county director), and all cooperators listed. Proposals submitted without signatures of all PIs and cooperators will not be forwarded to panels for review

BEGIN BODY OF PROPOSAL (Page 1)
Be sure to address any special requirements of the Scientific Review Panel to which you are submitting the proposal.

Objective(s) (5 points): Present a clear, concise, complete, and logically arranged statement of the specific research objective(s) proposed. Number the objectives and limit them to one sentence each.

Justification (10 points): Describe the importance of this proposed research to the study of exotic pests and diseases/invasive species and its impact on California. How will this study advance our knowledge of exotic pests and diseases/invasive species? What impact will this research have on the economics of agricultural production? What impact will this research have on urban or natural communities? How does this research benefit California?

Previous work (15 points): What previous work has been done in this area by yourself and others? If this proposal is a continuation of other funded work, previous results should be included in your discussion. Include a brief literature review. Proposals will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary group; provide enough background that a person outside of your discipline will understand the need for the research, methods, and procedures. What preliminary data indicate that the proposed research will accomplish the stated objectives within the proposed time frame? (Tables and figures should be included in supplement to body.)

Procedure(s) (20 points): For each objective, discuss the experimental procedures you propose to employ. Be specific; poorly detailed proposals will not be funded. Include sampling plan, experimental design, proposed type(s) of data analysis, and form, frequency, and parameters of data collection. Specify the sample unit, the number of replications, and any other information that will help reviewers assess the scientific merit of this proposal.

Extension and Outreach (5 points): Describe the practical implications of your research proposal and how you envision the delivery of the results. What impact on agricultural practices, urban planning, or the management of natural systems will the anticipated results of your proposal have? What role is envisioned for PIs in moving these results into use? When will these research results be available for use by user groups? Do you have specific plans for involving UC Cooperative Extension farm or IPM advisors, specialists, or other potential outreach groups in the course of conducting your research?

Research timetable: Present a timetable for each project objective detailing when various phases will be initiated, field demonstrated, and completed. Timetable must include all years of project, not just 2005-2006.

Roles of PIs and Cooperators: Describe the contribution of each PI and cooperator. Is the proposal concurrent with the PI's current research program or is this a new area of research? How does the proposal fit with the PI's current research program? List percentage of annual FTE for each investigator and cooperator on the project.

END BODY OF PROPOSAL (10-PAGE LIMIT)

SUPPLEMENT TO BODY (REQUIRED, NOT SUBJECT TO 10-PAGE LIMIT)

Budget and Budget Narrative: Prepare a budget page using the attached form and following the budget instructions (HTML version, Word file, or PDF (7K). Although funding is granted on a yearly basis, note your needs for the length of the proposed project (maximum of three years).

  • No indirect costs may be charged on these funds. See page 2 for other budget restrictions.
  • All budget categories for which support is requested must be individually listed (with costs) in the same order as the budget and justified in a budget narrative.
  • "Nonexpendable Equipment" and "All Other Direct Costs" categories must be itemized and the cost per item must be provided.

Tables and figures: Include any tables or figures of preliminary data. Limit 5 pages.

Biographical sketches: Include a brief biographical sketch for each PI. List 15 most recent publications (not just those relating to the current project). Maximum of 2 pages per PI, excluding publications.

Current and pending grant support: Use the format below to identify support for ALL CURRENT AND PENDING PROJECTS.

  • Record information for active and pending projects, INCLUDING THIS PROPOSAL.
  • All current efforts to which PI(s) and other senior personnel have committed a portion of their time must be listed, whether or not salary for the person involved is included in the budgets of the various projects.
  • Provide analogous information for all proposed work which is being considered by, or which will be submitted in the near future to, other possible sponsors.
  • Where listed grant support may even appear to overlap or complement the proposal, the tie between existing and/or pending support and the proposal must be clearly explained. Ambiguous statements on current and pending support have been a continuing source of confusion for Review Panels, and can result in proposals being rejected. How will the total support package tie together? (Footnote your explanations.)
  • If any similar pending proposal is selected by another agency, please let us know within 14 days. Failure to inform the Exotic /Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program of other successful applications could result in rejection of the current and future grant proposals by this and other UC review panels.
  • If no other grant support state "NONE."
Proposals failing to follow these requirements will not be forwarded to panels for review.
Name Supporting Agency and Project Number Total $ Amount Effective and Expiration Dates Percent of Time Committed Title of Project
(List PI
#1 first)
Current        
Pending
SUBMISSION
One original and one electronic version of the proposal (no faxes) must be received by April 15, 2005. Send the proposal and an electronic copy of the file to:

Via U.S. Postal Service
Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program
c/o Statewide IPM Program
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8621

Via other carriers
Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program
c/o Statewide IPM Program
Robbins Hall Annex
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8621
(530) 752-5336

The electronic version may be included on CD-ROM with the hard copies, or e-mailed (subject line should contain "EPDRP").

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