Mar 8, 2017
USDA announces $12.1M for crop protection, pest management

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $12.1 million in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program.

“Pests, including insects and other arthropods, microbial pathogens, weeds, and vertebrates pose threats to U.S. food security,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA-funded discoveries offer sustainable, economically viable solutions to manage these biological constraints to food production.”

The CPPM program supports research and extension projects that address critical state, regional, and national integrated pest management (IPM) needs, ensure food security, and respond to other major pest challenges. The program encourages projects that establish communication networks and stakeholder participation to increase the impact of the research. In FY 2017, NIFA will competitively solicit only the Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP) and the Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP) applications under the CPPM program. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2017 is approximately $4.1 million for ARDP and $8 million for EIP.

Eligible applicants include colleges and universities, and research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. The deadline for applications is May 9. See the request for applications for details.

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