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
- 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.
Projects must primarily benefit the people of California. Work may be conducted outside of California, but justification must be provided.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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