DPR Research Grants Program



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

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 follow the conflict of interest rules in the PMAC Charter.

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, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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 – 30
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 – $3,750,000
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 the DPR fund and the State general 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, jordan.weibel@cdpr.ca.gov