The first two grant programs are mechanisms to engage stakeholders and other institutions through direct funding of working groups. Providing 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. Through these grants, the Center has engaged many institutions and has the potential to engage more institutions in the future. The third grant offering addresses the critical need for updating Crop Profiles and PMSPs.
The IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP)2020 RFA Now Closed This grant 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. All projects must further our mission, which is to foster the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. Funding is outcome-based, and the format of the proposal reflects this.
The Critical and Emerging Issues Grant Program
This ongoing grant program provides an opportunity to address and possibly prevent minor problems before they become major concerns. The program supports important developmental work like gathering preliminary data, estimating the scope and risk associated with a pest problem, and developing a network of key people who will effectively contribute to addressing the issue.
IPM Crop Profile (CP) and Pest Management Strategic Plan (PSMP) Documents grant
The National IPM Database contains over 1000 documents. Of these, 275 of the Crop Profiles in the South are 5 years old or older, and 37 of the 41 Southern PMSPs are over 5 years old. Federal partners have explained that they can only use documents and information that is recent (no older than 5 yrs). There is a critical need for updating Crop Profiles and PMSPs, especially in the South. This fund will be an open fund (available until it is depleted) for faculty interested in updating Crop Profiles or PMSPs.