Proactive IPM Solutions Program


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.

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The goal of the Proactive IPM Solutions grant program is to anticipate which exotic pests are likely to arrive in California and to identify and test IPM strategies that can be rapidly implemented if the pests become established in California. CDFA is responsible for preventing and mitigating invasive pests in California. Techniques resulting from the Proactive IPM Solutions Program will allow for rapid deployment of future management plans.

New invasive pests can cause major problems for California's agricultural industries. The urgent need to control a new pest often leads to more frequent use of insecticides. This can disrupt integrated pest management (IPM) systems that have been in place and cause secondary pest outbreaks, leading to even more insecticide use and possibly decreasing profitability. At the same time, growers are under pressure from ever-tightening regulations and need to phase in new pest management methods in order to remain competitive. CDFA is responsible for preventing and mitigating invasive pests. Many pests which plague California's agricultural industry first become established through urban areas owing to global travel and unintentional import of exotic pests. CDFA expends considerable effort controlling pest outbreaks in urban areas before they can spread into agricultural regions. Because affected communities have become increasingly concerned about insecticide sprays, it has become difficult to employ standard synthetic chemicals to control pest infestations. There is need for selective, low risk chemical and biological options which may be used. These options and plans take years to develop, during which exotic pest populations may expand well beyond the initial infestation. The proactive approach allows for rapid deployment of new management plans.

For more information please contact: cdfa.opca@cdfa.ca.gov