NIFA requests applications for the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2017 to address critical state, regional and national integrated pest management (IPM) needs to ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges. The CPPM program supports projects that address these challenges with IPM approaches developed by coordinated state, regional, and national research and extension efforts. The impact of these research and extension efforts will be increased by the establishment of communication networks and stakeholder participation in setting priorities. 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. NIFA will fund current Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP) projects through continuation proposals. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2017 is approximately $4.1 for ARDP and $8.0 million for EIP. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for 2 FY 2017. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.
This program will support an extension IPM coordination project at eligible institutions. Applications submitted to EIP should describe 15 institution-based programs that are extension-led, but may include research-demonstration components. Any research activities must be directly related to the extension program. No more than 20 percent of a project’s activities may be research-led.
It is important to recognize that EIP is an extension implementation program and as such does not directly create knowledge through fundamental or basic research. EIP disseminates knowledge to users beyond the traditional classroom through both classical and creative methods of informal and non-formal education and both delivers and assesses program outcomes through a transdisciplinary approach. For the differentiation between the terms ‘transdisciplinary,’ ‘multidisciplinary’, and ‘interdisciplinary’, see definitions (Part VIII, Section E).
OSP DEADLINE: April 10, 2017