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Grants Programs: Cooperative Extension IPM Demonstration

Request for Proposals Deadline: October 15, 2007

For project funding from November 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008

Requests for new proposals

The University of California Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) is soliciting proposals for funding in UC fiscal year 2007-08. UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) has provided $100,000 in temporary funds to conduct demonstrations of IPM research in the field, whether in urban, natural, or agricultural environments. Funds will be allocated on a competitive basis.

Goals of the program

The purpose of the Extension IPM Demonstration Grants Program is to promote the implementation of IPM practices in production agriculture, and residential and urban areas, and to protect natural areas such as wildlands and water bodies through demonstrations of IPM practices. The primary focus is to increase adoption of IPM programs. A major goal of this program is to reduce potential risks from pests to the environment, human health, or economic interests of the system. The program will bridge the gap in the research–extension continuum by taking research results from individual research sites on campuses, research centers, and counties and demonstrating them in new locations and situations.

While these projects are expected to have a modest budget, they can provide essential resources to Advisors and Specialists to strengthen the link between research and outreach.

Priorities and criteria for selection

Priority will be given to proposals that address UC IPM’s mission, to:

  • Increase utilization of ecologically-based IPM programs
  • Increase the predictability and effectiveness of pest management techniques
  • Demonstrate science-based pest management practices that are economically and environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable
  • Protect human health and the environment by reducing risks caused by pests or pest management practices

Priority will also be given to projects that address targeted opportunities identified by the ANR core issues process:

  • Demonstrate and/or evaluate sustainable management strategies for pest species in agricultural, natural, and urban environments.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that provide demonstration of:

  • Research that has been previously supported by UC IPM grants program
  • Increased use of existing UC IPM products, such as Year-Round IPM Programs, Pest Management Guidelines, Pest Notes.
  • The value of increased utilization of enhanced IPM programs over current standard approaches

Leveraging activities by partnering with other agencies is encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to contact the UC IPM Director Associate Directors or IPM Advisors (contacts below) to discuss possible ideas or seek further information.

Eligibility

Funding is available to all UC Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists.  Members of the AES are encouraged to partner with CE Advisors or Specialists for projects that demonstrate their research.

Funding and reporting

Approximately $100,000 is available for grants starting about November 1, 2007.  Projects with budgets up to $15,000 will be considered, but an emphasis will be placed on smaller budgets to facilitate funding a greater number of projects. Budget requests are expected to be no more than $15,000.  For this first year of the program, projects may extend until September 30, 2008.  For projects requiring more time than this, project leaders will be required to submit new funding requests each year, to be evaluated as a new proposals.

A brief interim progress report will be required by August 29, 2008, and a final report by December 1, 2008.  These reports are critical for providing evidence of the importance of this demonstration grants program to ANR in anticipation of securing permanent funding for the program.

Proposal submission

All proposals must be submitted in the format below. All proposals must be received by 5 p.m., October 15, 2007. Send an electronic copy to: ipmgrants@ucdavis.edu

Award notification

The UC IPM Director will notify successful applicants shortly after a peer review of all proposals. 

UC IPM contacts
Director
Peter B. Goodell
(559) 646-6515 or
(530) 752-8350
Associate Director for Urban IPM Planning and Implementation
Mary Louise Flint
(530) 752-7692
Associate Director for Agricultural IPM
Carolyn Pickel
(530) 822-7515
IPM Advisors
Walter Bentley, Central Valley
(559) 646-6527
Peter B. Goodell, Central Valley
(559) 646-6515

Carolyn Pickel, Sacramento Valley
(530) 822-7515

Phil A. Phillips, Central Coast
(805) 645-1457/1451

Anil Shrestha, Central Valley
(559) 646-6534

James Stapleton, Central Valley
(559) 646-6536

Lucia Varela, North Coast
(707) 565-2621

Cheryl Wilen, South Coast
(858) 694-2846

David Haviland, Kern Co.
(661) 868-6215

Format for Cooperative Extension IPM Demonstration Grants Proposals

Submit as a Word or PDF document, not to exceed 5 pages:

Date:

Submitted to: Cooperative Extension IPM Demonstration Grants Program

Title:

Project leaders: Include e-mail address and affiliation.

Collaborators and cooperators:  Include e-mail address and affiliation.

Objectives: For each objective, state the expected outcome.

For example:
"Demonstrate new IPM practices in growers’ orchards in order to increase usage of IPM practices"
"Train school administrators in IPM to increase their IPM skills and knowledge"
"Demonstrate sampling techniques with the goal of reducing miticide use"

Situation:

  1. What is the problem to be addressed? Briefly describe the pest and host (situation) complex. How does this address the mission priorities of ANR or UC IPM?
  2. What is the role of interested partners in the problem and outcome?
  3. What research supports the demonstration approach being suggested? To what extent will the original principal investigator be involved?
  4. Does this project support a larger project?  If so, give a brief description of how it relates and any other sources of funding available.

Procedures:

  1. Briefly describe activities planned, including, where appropriate, interaction with private sector consultants and PCAs, plans for monitoring and sampling, field training, use of comparison plots, or methods for decision making.
  2. What types of outputs are planned? For example, field guides, photo galleries, sampling forms, information sheets, improvements to existing Pest Management Guidelines (PMGs) or Year-Round IPM Programs (YRPs), or creation of new PMGs or YRPs. How will UC IPM be expected to be engaged in developing these products?

Evaluation: For each objective stated, describe how progress in completing the short- or medium-term outcomes will be measured.

For example:
Short-term outcomes include increased awareness of the problem through learning changes in attitudes about the approach, problem, or solution; improved skills; and motivation to move toward improved IPM.
Medium-term outcomes could include changes in behavior that could lead to action to incorporate new approaches, changes in practices or decision making.

Timeline: Present a timetable for each objective detailing when phases will be initiated and completed or events will be held.

Budget:
If funding will go to more than one participant, add columns to the table to show the breakdown of expenses by participant.

In a brief narrative, list supply items you need and costs. For travel, estimate number of trips and cost of each, and indicate purpose.

Expense type

Percent of time

Amount

Salaries (list staff individually)

 

 

Benefits

 

 

Supplies and expenses

 

 

Travel

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

Approvals: Leaders of projects selected for funding will be instructed to submit appropriate approvals before funding is transferred.  

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