Biologically Integrated Farming Systems Program

Round 1 Questions and Answers

Q:Can a BIFS proposal include more than one cropping system, or is it encouraged to work in a single cropping system?
A:It is acceptable for BIFS projects to focus on more than one cropping system, but experts from each system should be represented on the project team.

Round 2 Questions and Answers

Q:Could you please share if there are page or character limits for the proposal narrative section as well as the budget narrative section of the application?
A:We do not have specific limits; however, we ask that only necessary information be provided in the proposal.

Webinar Questions and Answers

Q:If we are funded under Healthy Soils, can we apply for this?
A:Yes, as long as the work is different, and the funding is not going to supplant money for an existing project. See page 5 of the BIFS RFP or page 7 of the Proactive IPM RFP.
Q:If USDA did a similar project, is that OK?
A:Yes, as long as the work is different, and the funding is not going to supplant money for an existing project. See page 5 of the BIFS RFP or page 7 of the Proactive IPM RFP.
Q:Can project collaborators be in other countries?
A:Yes, but the project leader and primary awardee needs to be in California. See page 5 of the BIFS RFP or page 8 of the Proactive IPM RFP.
Q:Is there an example of what kind of costs are allowed?
A:The RFPs lay out what is not allowed. If it is not that or travel to a prohibited state and it is about the project, it should be allowed. See pages 7-8 of the BIFS RFP or page 10 of the Proactive IPM RFP.
Q:What type of financial reporting is required?
A:Invoices need to be sent as laid out in the award agreement. If you have a change of greater than 10% in a budget area, you will need to submit a form to have the budget formally changed.
Q:Do we have to submit quotes for comparing prices?
A:No, not at this time.
Q:What is required to be in the report?
A:We do not have a strict template. The reports need to have enough information for us to judge that the project is progressing according to the timeline laid out in the proposal.
Q:Do we need to be associated with an American university to apply?
A:No. Any eligible entity can apply. The PI needs to be California based and from an eligible organization as specified by the RFP. See page 5 of the BIFS RFP or page 8 of the Proactive IPM RFP.
Q:Who is the authorized representative?
A:Anyone the applicant wants to designate to manage the grant finances. This is usually someone from the institution receiving the award.
Q:Who is the project leader?
A:The primary awardee who will coordinate the project with other project leaders.
Q:Does the project leader have to be the primary scientist?
A:No, that is not a requirement.

The public Q&A session will be held virtually on September 12, 2022, from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Information for joining the webinar

The goal of the revitalized Biologically Integrated Farming Systems grant program is to provide outreach of innovative, biologically integrated plant-based farming systems that reduce chemical pesticide inputs. CDFA is responsible for supporting agricultural production in California by fostering innovative, efficient and scientifically sound practices. Projects from this program should demonstrate IPM-based alternative pest management options that focus on economical and efficacious biological and cultural pest management techniques that allow growers to maintain yields and quality.

For questions, please contact: cdfa.opca@cdfa.ca.gov.