Department of Pesticide Regulation Research Grants Program



DPR's Research Grants Program provides funding to develop practices that reduce the use of and risk from pesticides which are of human health or environmental concern in California.


The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) Research Grants Program funds research projects that seek to develop reduced-risk pest control practices that can be incorporated into an integrated pest management (IPM) system for agricultural, wildland, or urban settings. Developed practices should aim to reduce the use of high-risk pesticides or pesticides that are of regulatory concern and seek to mitigate the impacts of pesticides on public health and the environment. DPR’s Research Grant Program funds diverse projects in varied settings; a list or current and past projects can be found here

The application process is a two-stage process that begins with a shorter Concept Application where the applicant lays out the intent of the project. DPR uses the Concept Application to determine applicant eligibility; eligible applicants receive an invitation to submit a Proposal Application.  DPR staff and the Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) evaluate the Proposal Application according to scoring criteria that can be found here. PMAC reviewers are from diverse affiliations, including academic and public foundations, agricultural production, environmental and public interest organizations, and registrants and trade associations; a list of PMAC members can be found here.  PMAC’s role, as specified in law and regulation, is to review the grant proposals for adoptability and merit and provide recommendations to DPR’s Director who makes the final funding decision.

DPR expects to fund grants annually, with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. Eligible grantees include nonprofits agencies, tribal governments, individuals, businesses, and public agencies, including those from outside of California; however, project work must primarily benefit the people of California.

There is no limit on the number of applications that can be submitted, including multiple applications from the same person or entity. PMAC members may apply, but they must recuse themselves from discussion of any grant they submit.  All applicants and associated project personnel must meet DPR’s eligibility requirements (including having no standing fines or penalties from DPR or any local County Agricultural Commissioner).

Keywords: Agriculture, Housing, Urban Pest Management, Pathogens, Plant Protection, Insect Pests, Vertebrate Pests, Plant Disease, Wildlands, Water, Training, Virus, Fungi, Bacteria, Reduced-Risk, Pesticide, Personal Protective Equipment, Worker Health and Safety, Water Quality, Watershed, Irrigation, Soil Health, Fertility, Cropping System, Crops, Agricultural Crops, Agricultural Commodity, Ecology, Land Management, Pesticide Use, Laws and Regulations, Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, Horticulture, Agronomy, Machinery, Automation, Community Health, Air Quality, Emissions, Volatile Organic Compounds,  Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Streams, Flora, Fauna, Cover Crops, Natural Enemies, Mating Disruption, Field Sanitation, Climate Change, Pollution, Insecticide, Fungicide, Bactericide

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Principal Investigators must not have outstanding fines or penalties with DPR. PMAC member applicants must recuse themselves from discussion of associated projects.

Eligible Geographies:

Projects must primarily benefit the people of California. Work may be conducted outside of California, but justification must be provided.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
March 29, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
1 – 4
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$50,000 – $500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Funding is from DPR's mill assessment fund.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

10% of funds are held until grant close. Once final invoices are approved by DPR this 10% retention is released.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Jordan Weibel, 1-916-445-0430,