Funding Opportunities for the Western IPM Center

WIPMC Announces Request for Applications: Deadline Friday, September 3, 2004


Western Integrated Pest Management Center
Request for Applications - 2004
Workgroups and Information Networks
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Summary Evaluation and Selection Criteria
General Information Matching Funds
Priorities Application Format

SUMMARY

The Western Integrated Pest Management (WIPM) Center announces the availability of funds and requests proposals for Workgroups and Information Networks that support the Western Integrated Pest Management Center. The goals of the Center are: 1) Serve as a focal point for interactive communication, 2) Involve stakeholders in identifying needs and priorities for IPM in serving agriculture, food and natural resource systems, 3) Facilitate the development of knowledge, information, technology, communication, and education to enhance IPM for the benefit of regional stakeholders and the environment, 4) Promote interdisciplinary and multi-organizational collaborations, 5) Facilitate relationships with multiple government agencies, 6) Promote collaboration to minimize duplication of effort, 7) Organize responses to emerging regional issues, and 8) Manage resources to facilitate regional IPM programs and activities.

Eight (8) hard copies and one electronic version of each proposal must be received by the Western Integrated Pest Management Center by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2004.

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Funding in the amount of approximately $305,000 is available for this competitive subcontracts program. Proposals are limited to the following states and territories: Alaska, Arizona, California (except information networks), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and Northern Marianas. Funding is now available for these subcontracts.
Proposals for Work Groups may request funding for one year only. Funding for individual projects is expected to be in the range of $5,000 to $10,000.
Proposals for Information Networks may request funding for one year.

 II. PRIORITIES

A. Workgroups

Competitive proposals are solicited from self-establishing multi-state work groups to address information, resource, and research needs in region-wide or broad area categories including: minor crops, major crops, non-crop areas, IPM metrics and/or impact assessments, urban IPM, cropping systems, geographical, school IPM and other issues. Total funds available for work groups are $80,000. These work groups must enhance communication and collaborations within the region for the IPM topic area addressed by the work group. A work group could also coordinate efforts to develop proposals for funding to address critical issues within the West.

Examples of work group topics include the following:

B. Information Networks

Competitive proposals are solicited to fund information networks. Multi-state and/or subregional collaborations are encouraged. The total funds available for information networks is $225,000. Minimum expectations from each network are:

Networks will be encouraged to participate in the development of IPM tactic use surveys, crop profiles, and PMSPs. Participants in the networks will be eligible for other funds on a competitive basis from the WIPM Center, as will applicants outside of the networks.

 III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA

All proposals received will be acknowledged. A review panel will be convened in September to review all the proposals. Proposals will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the Center RFA’s priorities, regional IPM issues and the National IPM Roadmap.
  2. Feasibility of completing the project objectives within the proposed time frame.
  3. Appropriateness and clarity of the requested budget.
  4. Backgrounds and qualifications of work group and network leadership in relation to the proposed objectives.

III. MATCHING FUNDS

Matching funds are not required, however matching funds are encouraged. Any matching funds should be included in your budget narrative for review by the Review panel.

IV. APPLICATION FORMAT

Application must include:

TITLE. Should be brief, clear, and specific. The title must be limited to 100 spaces (letters, punctuation, and spaces between words).

ABSTRACT. Must be a clear summary of the project, its objectives, and procedures for accomplishing the objectives. Include a brief statement of how the proposed project meets the RFA’s priorities. This should appear on the first page and not exceed 1,000 characters or spaces in length.

OBJECTIVES. A concise, complete, clear, logically arranged, and numbered series of statements defining the specific objectives of the project.

PROCEDURES. There should be a numbered procedure statement to correspond with each numbered objective. These statements should outline the essential working plans and methods that will be employed in attaining each objective. Phases of the work to be undertaken concurrently should be designated. The procedure statement should show that the project needs and plans have been considered carefully and the proposed work has the potential of providing data and information that will permit accomplishing the objectives. Principal Investigator(s) must incorporate measurable goals and outcomes into their projects. This information will provide a basis for the annual evaluation of funded projects.

COLLABORATIONS. Documentation must be included in the proposal to support any identified collaborative arrangements.

CURRICULUM VITAE. Submit a curriculum vitae for the Principal Investigator and any co-P.I.s of no more than 3 pages including any relevant publications during the last 5 years.

PREVIOUS WORK AND PRESENT OUTLOOK. Provide a brief summary discussing pertinent experience with information networking, crop/commodity profiles and pest management strategic plans, the status of current work, additional information needed, and how this project is expected to contribute to this need. The nature of the project and its objectives will determine the ease of predicting success, but where feasible it is appropriate to indicate the likelihood of achieving the objectives in a specified length of time.

OUTCOMES. Identify the expected result of the project and how it relates to the goals of the WIPM Center as stated in this RFA.

LITERATURE CITED. Only those publications cited should be listed in this section; 15 literature citations should be the maximum for most projects. To provide uniformity, the following format should be used: Author(s). Title. Journal. Volume: Pages. Year.

LENGTH OF PROPOSAL. Proposals should not exceed five (5) pages in length, excluding budgets and other attachments. Proposals must be typed in a 12 point (10 cpi) or larger font using 8.5 by 11 inch paper, single-sided and single-spaced with one inch vertical and horizontal margins. Pages must be numbered beginning with the proposal narrative.

BUDGET. Form CSREES-2004 must be used for submitting the proposed budget. This form, and others may be downloaded with the "Standard Application Kit" at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/forms.html. A brief budget justification statement (i.e., Budget Narrative) is required and must provide details for each line item in the budget. Indirect costs of up to 19% of the total cost of the project can be supported by these funds. Additional details on budget issues are available, upon request, at the Western Region Integrated Pest Management Center office. http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ipmnet/centers/budgets.html

ATTACHMENTS. Form CSREES-2002 (Proposal Cover Page) must be attached as a cover sheet. A completed form CSREES-2005 (Current and Pending Support) must also be included for each principal investigator and co-principal investigator. Both forms are available at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/forms.html.

SIGNATURES. Each proposal must be signed by the appropriate university/corporate officer.

PROGRESS REPORT. A progress report to the Director will be due by August 30, 2005. Principal Investigators who are currently funded for information network or work groups must submit a progress report with their new proposal.

FINAL REPORT. A final report must be submitted to the Director by January 1, 2006. This report should provide the status of all the objectives in the funded project.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS. Eight (8) hard copies (including the original with all required signatures) and one electronic version (Word or WordPerfect for Windows) on CD or diskette of each proposal must be received by the Western Region Integrated Pest Management Center by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2004. Facsimile copies are not acceptable. Send proposals to:

Mr. Rick Melnicoe
Western Integrated Pest Management Center
Department of Environmental Toxicology
4249 Meyer Hall (Only Needed For FedEx)
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8588
530-754-8378

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