IPM Enhancement Grant application period is now OPEN

The Southern IPM Center is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5 PM EST.

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. We use 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 is now included in a separate RFA. If you would like to submit a proposal for an IPM Document outside of a Working Group, please go to http://bit.ly/2epyGsH .
Please see below for project types covered by this RFA.

To get to the RFA and required forms, please go to our introduction page at http://bit.ly/2dpONr4, 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 SIPMC will conduct a webinar on Friday, September 8 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. To register for the webinar, go to http://bit.ly/2x1fZWO .
Project directors can apply for one of three (3) project types:

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.

Capstone – up to $30,000: successful proposals build on previous research and development efforts for projects involving outreach, implementation, and/or educational approaches.

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, 2018, and must be expended by February 28, 2019.

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. In addition, please download the reporting template. Although you will not be uploading it with your proposal forms, you will need to complete it at the end of your project if you are funded.

For questions, please use the following contacts:

Request for Applications or submission of a proposal
Joe LaForest (229-386-3298)
Danesha Seth Carley (919-513-8189)
Technical questions regarding submission of a proposal
Alex Belskis (919-513-8183)
Rosemary Hallberg (919-513-8182)
Jean Jacques Dubois (919-515-0496)
Provision of Resources from Facilitation of Innovation Through Technology (FITT)
Joe LaForest (229-386-3298)