Call for Nominations for Friends of Southern IPM Program is OPEN

The Southern IPM Center (SIPMC) is pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for their annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. There are two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016.

You’ll find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms here. Click on the nomination call that you wish to use to get to the Call documents and the nomination form. You will be using the SIPMC Proposal / Project Management System (PPMS) to submit your nominations this year, so please be sure to find the instructions for that in the Call for Nomination and follow the steps.

Professional awards:
There are 6 categories of awards: Bright Idea (research-oriented or new idea), IPM Implementer (on the ground), IPM Educator (extension or teacher), Pulling Together (group), Future Leader (young professional), and Lifetime Achievement (seasoned professional). The award is open to anyone in the region demonstrating excellence in the field of IPM. In fact, the SIPMC welcomes the opportunity to recognize those outside of the university setting, such as growers, school IPM coordinators, teachers, etc.

Award winners will be publicly recognized at an event of their choice.

The Call for Nominations for the professional awards is located here.

Graduate Student awards:
The Friends of Southern IPM graduate student award will go to two graduate students: one Masters student and one Ph.D. student.

The graduate student award, in addition to a public presentation of the award, comes with a sizable monetary award. The winning Masters student receives $2,000, and the winning doctoral student receives $3,000. All winners—including in the professional category—must assist with a story about their work or conduct a webinar before receiving the financial award. Please read the Call for Nominations for more information.

Each department can nominate UP TO 3 Masters students and UP TO 3 Ph.D. students. Each department can submit up to six nominations, and universities can submit from more than one department (I.e., entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture, etc. departments can submit from the same university).

The Call for Nominations for the graduate student awards is located here.

Nominations for both award programs consist of a cover form and a two-page written nomination. Additional materials may be submitted in support of the nomination but are not necessary. The bulk of the description and evidence of the person’s or group’s qualifications of the award should be in the two-page nomination, NOT in the additional materials.

Please share this notice with anyone you work with who may wish to nominate someone for either of these awards.

If you have any questions about either of these awards, or you have trouble navigating the PPMS system, please direct them to Henry Fadamiro at or 334-844-5098 or Rosemary Hallberg at or 919-513-8182.

Western IPM Center Annual Grants RFA Available Today

The Western IPM Center grant program request for applications is now available. Applications are due in approximately 60 days – December 9, 2016 – for projects that begin in spring of 2017.

There will be about $250,000 in funding available for one-year grants in the following categories:

  • Project Initiation, which begin new IPM research. $30,000 maximum.
  • Work Groups, which bring collaborators together. $30,000 maximum.
  • Outreach & Implementation, which directly promote IPM adoption. $30,000 maximum.
  • IPM Planning Documents, which create crop profiles and pest management strategic plans. $15,000 maximum.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Pacific on December 9.

One thing that is different this year is that the USDA now does approve research on industrial hemp, and hemp projects would be eligible for funding if they meet USDA guidelines. (See those guidelines)

The Western IPM Center grant program and our priorities are described in detail on the Center Grants section of our website, and the RFA is also posted on the For Applicants page.

Please forward this newsletter or the RFA to colleagues you believe might be interested, and share the news with your IPM networks in the West.

Download the RFA

Western IPM Center Associate Director Matt Baur will host a webinar to go through the RFA and answer any questions on Wednesday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android here


Dial: 646-558-8656 or 408-638-0968

Meeting ID: 788 132 454

October Issue of the Western IPM Center’s Monthly Newsletter Available

The October issue of the Western Front, the Western IPM Center‘s monthly newsletter, is now available.  This months newsletter includes articles and videos on the following topics:

  • IPM programs in Montana
  • Newly discovered bee species
  • Insecticide spraying in Florida
  • Western IPM Center Annual Grant RFA
  • EPA meeting to consider Glyphosate Cancer potenial
  • Non-Bt controls of corn rootworm de

Read the newsletter here.


2017 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants Have Been Released

The IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP) is a foundational mechanism used by SIPMC to address important issues affecting the region that has produced many significant outputs and favorable outcomes addressing Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. The SIPMC uses a competitive process each year to solicit and select projects for funding.

Any IPM setting is applicable to the IPM Enhancement Grant program, including agriculture, urban and school, forestry and recreation. The funding covers a one-year project, so please keep that in mind when considering your proposal. See below for project types that this grant funds.

The SIPMC has adopted an outcome-based approach for our funded projects, and you will notice that when you read through the RFA. Each component of the proposal is explained in detail; please take the time to read through the RFA carefully.

If you are familiar with this grant program from previous years, this year’s RFA does NOT cover proposals for IPM Documents. IPM Documents will be included in a separate RFA this year. If you would like to submit a proposal for an IPM Document, please follow the link here.

Please see below for project types covered by this RFA.

To get to the RFA and required forms, please go to the introduction here, which will explain more about the online submission system.

Please read through the entire RFA before beginning your planning, as much of the structure for the project narrative has changed. To explain the new format, The Southern IPM Center will conduct a webinar on Friday, October 14th at 2:00 PM Eastern time. To register for the webinar, follow the link here.

Project directors can apply for one of three (3) project types:

  1. Seed ­- up to $30,000: successful proposals will have a strong potential to initiate, enable, facilitate and/or catalyze effective solutions to important IPM issues and challenges. These projects plant a seed that has good potential to grow into a solution.
  2. Capstone ­- up to $30,000: successful proposals build on previous research and development efforts for projects involving outreach, implementation, and/or educational approaches.
  3. IPM Working Group ­- up to $40,000; please read RFA for requirements

Projects are limited to one year. When determining your project start and end dates, note that funds will be available as early as March 1, 2017, and must be expended by February 28, 2018.

Be sure to download and use THIS YEAR’s forms when putting together your proposal. Do not substitute NIFA forms or forms from previous IPM Enhancement grant RFAs.

Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5 PM EST

The Ninth International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Baltimore, Maryland USA from March 19-22, 2018

The International IPM Symposium is your premier global event for professional development, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture communities, and natural areas. In 2018, we will organize around an important theme, IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability.

Plans for 2018 include mini-symposia featuring international experts addressing hot topics including management solutions for newly introduced pests, as well as sessions for agricultural and food company leaders, and increased opportunities for student participation and recognition. Also new in 2018 will be a coordinated opportunity to visit policymakers on Capitol Hill to educate them on IPM needs and benefits for your sector and clientele.

Participants will also enjoy the very best activities of previous symposia including concurrent sessions, posters, awards, exhibits, and plenty of opportunities to meet with cooperators and potential collaborators. Sessions will address IPM across disciplines, internationally, and in the market place, urban settings, greenhouses and more.

Past participants at this premier international IPM event have included researchers, teachers, Extension educators, independent consultants, the agriculture and food community, IPM practitioners, academics, government scientists and administrators, employees of non-governmental organizations, students, and business professionals from the U.S. and more than 30 countries.

To receive additional information, contact Elaine Wolff, University of Illinois, here.

More details will be forthcoming on the symposium website: Opportunities for volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors are available.

Join your colleagues in making this the greatest Symposium ever!