The Western IPM Center offers grants in several categories. Our annual grant cycle has closed for the 2022 grant year, but planning document grants, student fellowships and limited special issues funding is available year-around.
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Western IPM Center Annual Grants (Closed; next RFA released October 2022)
These fund the following project types:
Project Initiation Grants (up to $50,000 per year)
These grants launch new IPM ideas such as proof-of-concepts, preliminary experiments, needs-assessment or priority-setting activities. Projects must demonstrate strong potential for success. Project initiation grants can help researchers develop the preliminary data needed to successfully compete for large research-specific grants.
Work Group Grants (up to $50,000 per year)
Work group grants bring together diverse groups to address regional IPM priorities. They address information, resource and research needs in region-wide or broad-area categories and enhance communication and collaboration within the region. Work groups may also develop funding proposals to address critical issues in the West. Previously funded work groups must apply for renewal funding each year.
Outreach and Implementation Grants (up to $50,000 per year)
Outreach and implementation projects build on previous IPM research by providing outreach to encourage implementation of IPM practices. Examples include workshops, demonstration projects, printed documents and on-line IPM resources. A primary goal of these projects is the increased adoption of IPM practices in agricultural, community or natural settings.
Planning Document RFA (Open, funds available)
These funds develop or update Crop Profiles, Pest Management Strategic Plans or Integrated pest Management Strategic Plans, IPM practices evaluations or similar IPM planning and evaluation documents. (Up to $15,000 per year.)
Crop Profiles provide a snapshot of the production story for a commodity, including current pest management practices.
Pest Management Strategic Plans/Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plans are developed with growers and other stakeholders to identify the pest management needs and priorities of a particular commodity or site through a process that ensures broad stakeholder input, fosters new collaborations and provides valuable baseline data that can be used to assess progress and analyze costs and benefits.
IPM Practices Evaluations are assessments to gather information about pest management methods used on a particular crop or in a particular setting. They can contribute important baseline data necessary for future cost-benefit analyzes of IPM adoption.
Student Fellowship Program RFA (Open, funds available)
This new program by the Western IPM Center seeks to actively support early career IPM professionals and practitioners in their search for educational opportunities and networking experiences by providing fellowships of up to $1,000 to help students gain a deeper understanding of a wide variety of technology, pest management, sustainability, business and government issues.
Special Issues Grants (Open, funds available)
This funding is available to respond to time-sensitive issues that cannot wait until the next regular grant cycle. Projects must be completed within one year of funding and be single-issue oriented. Awards are capped at $5,000 and funds are available until exhausted.