Vertebrate Pest Control Research Program

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Research proposals are currently being accepted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Vertebrate Pest Control Program (VPCP) within the Integrated Pest Control Branch.  Proposals may focus on research and/or education projects to enhance control measures of vertebrate pests that pose a significant threat to the welfare of state’s agricultural economy, infrastructure, environment, and the public.  


The Vertebrate Pest Control Research Program is authorized to approve a total of $200,000 worth of research in to vertebrate pest control methods per year. Proposals will be reviewed by scientific and administrative staff who will conduct an initial review of all submitted proposals for completeness.  Proposals will be considered for funding twice annually during the Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee (VPCRAC) Meetings.  The VPCRAC deliberates and discusses the submitted proposals for their scientific, technical and operational merit, and decides in a yes/no vote whether to recommend the proposal for funding.

Per FAC 6025

The secretary shall establish and administer a research program to control vertebrate pests that pose a significant threat to the welfare of the state’s agricultural economy, infrastructure, and the public.

(b) The specific purposes of the program include all of the following:

(1) The investigation of effective and economical alternative materials for the control of vertebrate pests, including carbon monoxide to control burrowing rodent pests.

(2) The solicitation and consideration of research proposals for alternative humane methods of control.

(3) The continuation of current vertebrate pest control product registration at the state level until alternative products are developed that prove to be effective and economical.

(4) The funding of research for the development of scientific data to fulfill registration requirements.

(5) Cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture in funding research programs to maintain, develop, and register vertebrate pest control materials used in this state.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

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

CDFA does not support proprietary product development projects.

Eligible Geographies:

Proposals that originate from outside of California are considered if the proposal includes relevance to vertebrate pest concerns within California. 

Matching Funding Requirement:

Proposals that include other sources of funding are strongly encouraged and welcomed. 

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Two years

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Each agricultural commissioner is required to collect a fee or surcharge of 50 cents for each pound of vertebrate pest control material sold, distributed, or applied by the county. The money generated by this surcharge is used to fund the research required by the EPA to maintain current registrations, payment of registration fees, to improve existing rodenticides, and to find new materials and methods to solve vertebrate pest problems.

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  • Reimbursement(s)

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For questions about this grant, contact:
David Kratville, 1-916-262-1102,