SIPMC’s internal grant programs provide two levels of timely response to important IPM issues. Both programs address challenges such as invasive species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions.
The Critical and Emerging Issues Grant Program
The Center has a small amount of funding to help facilitate timely responses to critical issues, as an early regional response can lead to quicker and more effective solutions. Our purpose is to provide a small source of funds that can be used to start work on new and critical issues, and to support projects that offer new and innovative solutions to IPM challenges.
A proposal for a Critical and Emerging Issue must include the following:
- A strong case for the need for the proposed project. While Project Directors may use their own discretion in defining issues as critical or emerging, they must prove that the issue is important to the region.
- Evidence of stakeholder input into identification of the need will strengthen the application.
- The proposal should prove that the issue is critical enough to warrant a grant outside of the IPM Enhancement Grants timeline.
Proposals for critical/emerging issues may be submitted at any time during the year, except when the IPM Enhancement Grants Request for Applications is active. These will be judged by the Southern IPM Center leadership. The Center may choose to rate any critical/emerging issue proposal as part of the annual application review process, if appropriate. Qualified proposals will be funded based on the availability of funds at the time of submission.
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.
Pests and pest management issues often do not respect regional boundaries. SIPMC has worked with other IPM Centers through the years to support appropriate inter-regional collaboration. PDs for grants must be from the Southern Region, but collaborators may be from other regions. Funds, once directed through Southern Region institutions, may be used outside the region.
The Request for Applications is usually open for four to six weeks. Funding is partitioned across the following project types:
- Seed, Capstone and Working Group: These grants provide funding for projects that leverage other work. Seed projects leverage future work by addressing early stage investigations such as need assessment, team building, preliminary data collection, and program planning. Capstone projects leverage previous work by addressing final projects – typically publication of user guides and similar field manuals, demonstrations of new methods, and training programs. Working group projects usually provide similar leverage as either seed or capstone projects or both, but also leverage present work: the resources and effort of working group membership. Working group projects are one of the most effective ways SIPMC supports the development and implementation of IPM through facilitation across geopolitical, discipline, research/extension, and setting boundaries.
See the Proposal/Project Management System for a list of previously funded Enhancement Grant projects.
IPM Documents Program: In light of our work to develop a national component-level database for information contained in CPs and PMSPs, the program may fund projects to update key component information as well as whole documents. Funds will only be granted for those settings (e.g., crops) deemed high priority by EPA, USDA-OPMP and SIPMC or for which high priority is clearly justified by virtue of extraordinary circumstance. We are now funding IPM Documents separately from the IPM Enhancement Grant program. This RFA will remain open year-round.