North Central Integrated Pest Management Center Announces Request for Applications for Working Groups and Critical Issues Grants

East Lansing, Michigan — The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) is pleased to announce the availability of funds and requests for proposals (RFA) for working groups and critical issues, that support NCIPMC and regional integrated pest management (IPM) priorities. The deadline for application is 5:00 p.m.—EST, November 16, 2018.

The Working Groups and Critical Issues grants help facilitate the NCIPMC’s mission to improve health, environment, and economic benefits by providing leadership and cooperating with our partners to facilitate the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions, based in the North Central region.

IPM is the integration of problem-solving strategies that address a multitude of pest problems. Insects, plant diseases, weeds, birds and mammals can all interfere with the production of our food, spread diseases or invade our homes and schools. When this occurs, IPM strategies take an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to managing those pests to a tolerable level to our environment and resources.

A total of up to $100,000 will be available for the Critical Issues grants with a project funding maximum of $50,000 for 12 months. The program is designed to provide one-time seed funding to help initiate work requiring immediate attention until other longer-term resources can be secured to address the issue in the north central region. Examples of types of critical issue proposals that would be appropriate and considered for this program may include: addressing invasive species, pollinator protection and conservation, pest prevention (insect and disease) and strategic planning to address new or emerging pest management issues.

A total of up to $200,000 will be available for Working Group projects, with a project funding maximum of $20,000 for 12 months. The working groups program is designed to support collaboration among diverse groups to collaboratively address a regional IPM priority. Multi-state/tribal nation working groups should address information, resource and research needs in region-wide or broad areas to enhance communication and collaborations for the IPM topic area being addressed by the group. A working group could also coordinate efforts to develop proposals for additional funding to address critical issues within the north central region. A working group project includes collaborative activities that lead to specific outputs, such as a publication, an app, a regional pest alert, a survey, a Pest Management Strategic Plan, etc., which in turn are intended to contribute to desired outcomes.

For more information on the application process and guidelines, and to download the application, visit the NCIPMC website at www.ncipmc.org or the NCIPMC Grants Program page at https://www.ncipmc.org/grants/ncipmc_grants.php.

The North Central IPM Center is one of four centers in the nation, serving 12 states, as part of the USDA’s connection to production agriculture, research and extension services as well as community outreach programs, throughout the United States. Regional IPM Centers are funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The IPM centers’ projects strive to improve economic benefits of adopting IPM practices and to reduce potential risks to human health and the environment. The states in the region include: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

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