The Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR) Research Grants Program provides funding to develop integrated pest management (IPM) practices that reduce the risks from pesticides which are high-risk, of regulatory concern, or are of human health or environmental concern in California.
DPR's Research Grants Program funds research projects that seek to further IPM in 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 Grants Program funds diverse projects in varied settings; a list of current and past projects can be found here.
The application process consists of a Proposal Application followed by concurrent review of submitted proposal materials by DPR staff and the Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC). Both groups 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.
This year, DPR has $3.75 million available for projects with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $3.75 million. 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 follow the rules regarding conflict of interest in the PMAC Charter. 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, Agricultural Commodity, Agricultural Crops, Agronomy, Air Quality, Automation, Bacteria, Bactericide, Climate Change, Community Health, Cover Crops, Cropping System, Crops, Ecology, Ecosystem, Emissions, Fauna, Fertility, Field Sanitation, Flora, Fruits, Fumigant, Fungi, Fungicide, Herbicide, Horticulture, Housing, Insect Pests, Insecticide, Integrated Pest Management, Irrigation, Lakes, Land Management, Laws and Regulations, Machinery, Mating Disruption, Miticide, Natural Enemies, Nuts, Oceans, Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Pest, Pest Management, Pesticide, Plant Disease, Plant Protection, Pollinator, Pollution, Reduced-Risk, Rivers, Rodenticide, Soil Health, Streams, Sustainable, Training, Urban Pest Management, Vegetables, Vertebrate Pests, Virus, Volatile Organic Compounds, Water, Water Quality, Watershed, Weeds, Wildlands, Worker Health and Safety
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Principal Investigators must not have outstanding fines or penalties with DPR. PMAC member applicants must follow the conflict of interest rules in the PMAC Charter.
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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