Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE)
Cooperative Agricultural Project (CAP)
Request for Year 4 Crop-Pest Program Statement of Interest
Deadline: May 4, 2017
Background. Food security is best served by a national infrastructure of private and public professionals who routinely monitor crop health and pest incidence then translate this knowledge to a shared platform enabling rapid dissemination of mitigation measures to limit crop loss.
The iPiPE CAP, funded by a 2015 USDA AFRI 5-yr $7 million grant, provides such an infrastructure with cyberage tools, information products and expert commentary for detection and management of new, foreign, or emerging target pests and endemic pests that threaten U.S. crops. By categorizing pests, data, and users, it enables sharing pest observations while protecting privacy of individuals, companies, and government agencies. iPiPE Crop-Pest Programs (CPPs) incentivize growers and consultants to submit observations on target and endemic pests by providing tools and information for timely management decisions. Coordinated by extension professionals from across the nation, CPPs address a variety of crops and pests and provide undergraduate students with hands-on extension and diagnostic experiences.
Risk-based research helps prioritize detection efforts for target pests and direct in-field scouting for endemic pests. Observations housed in a national pest observation depository enable future research using geographically extensive, multi-year databases. Details of the iPiPE CAP proposal and current iPiPE CPPs can be found at http://ed.ipipe.org/cpp-outputs-and-outcomes. The outputs and outcomes from Years 1 & 2 created by the first cohort of CPPs are posted on this website and should be of special interest to applicants.
Request for new iPiPE Crop-Pest Programs (CPPs) for 2018. The iPiPE CAP will fund 7 new CPPs in 2018. We are seeking Extension professionals to coordinate CPP extension and education activities. The CAP will provide approximately $40,000/yr in 2018 and 2019 to each CPP Coordinator to conduct program activities focused on engaging stakeholders to submit pest observations and mentoring undergraduate student interns. The iPiPE CAP will also support programs that focus on organisms that are beneficial to crop production. No-cost extensions may be available for the subsequent year.
The CPP grant application process involves two steps: (i) submitting a 1-2 page Statement of Interest and (ii) adapting Plan of Work and Budget template documents provided by the iPiPE CAP PDs to fit the needs of the proposed CPP. The first step does not require the involvement of your institution and thus is designed to be accomplished quickly. Only individuals selected to lead 2018 iPiPE CPPs will be asked to complete the second step.
Responsibilities of iPiPE CPP Coordinators and their undergraduate student interns. Crop-Pest Programs have three types of participants: Program Coordinators (Extension