IPM Partnership Grants

The application period for this RFA has closed as of 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2018. Subscribe to our email news to be notified about grant program updates.

Program Highlights

Available Funds $250,000 (total)
Application Deadline November 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. (EST)
RFA Forms Complete RFA and forms
Related Links

View the recording of the 2019 RFA webinar (recorded September 26, 2018).

Introduction to Evaluation Plans for Grant Proposals

Logic Model Planning and Evaluation Tools

Partnership Grant Resources Page


Projects funded through the IPM Partnership Grants Program must further the mission of the Northeastern IPM Center, address or identify regional IPM stakeholder priorities, and benefit the region at large. Extension projects are encouraged.

The efforts of the Center are organized under five signature programs (not in order of priority)

  • IPM and Organic Systems
  • Rural and Urban IPM
  • Climate Change and Pests
  • Next Generation Education
  • Advanced Production Systems

Funded projects are expected to contribute significantly to the adoption and/or development of IPM by addressing regional priorities in one or more Signature Program through the following:

  • forming partnerships among growers, scientists, educators, environmental groups, governmental agencies, and other audiences for the purpose of advancing IPM
  • increasing knowledge about pests and how to manage them in traditional and new settings
  • establishing or addressing regional IPM priorities for research and extension
  • teaching others how to use IPM to decrease risks associated with pest management developing capacity for growing food sustainably using IPM

Types of Project

The IPM Partnership Grants Program funds three types of projects:

  • IPM Issues
  • IPM Working Groups
  • IPM Communications

There is a separate RFA for each project type.

Project types may not be combined into one proposal, but more than one project type for a specific topic may be submitted. For example, an emerging pest issue could be addressed through:

  1. a detailed and strategically planned assembly of individuals (Working Group), OR
  2. a focused research project (Issue), OR
  3. the development of publication(s) and/or a pest management strategic management plan (Communications), OR
  4. the collaboration of PDs submitting 3 complementary proposals listed above.

Applicants should use this decision tree to help determine what type of project best matches their idea. If you need help, contact us.

Project Decision Tree

Available Funds

A total of $250,000 is available for 2019, with a maximum of $50,000 per project depending on project type. Projects that include a significant collaboration with an 1890 institution are eligible for a maximum of $60,000. There is a 24-month time limit on funded projects.


Public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and private individuals are eligible to apply. Project Directors (PDs) must reside in the Northeast. Co-PDs may be from outside the region.

Note: In order to receive funding, award recipients will need to meet criteria fulfilling Cornell University and Federal government requirements (see example subaward agreement and subcontractor questionnaire), and must have a Dun & Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) number. Applicants should therefore review these requirements to ensure they will be able to meet the criteria, if funded.


The Northeastern IPM Center began funding projects through the IPM Partnership Grants Program in 2004. The Center has primary responsibility for administering this program and writes the Request for Applications (RFA) with input from regional stakeholders.


  • Director: If you have an idea for a proposal, contact Deb Grantham.
  • Grants manager: For questions about the program, contact Jana Hexter.
  • Evaluation specialist: For assistance with the evaluation section of the proposal, contact David Lane.
  • Technical support: If you need help submitting proposals or reports online, contact Kevin Judd.
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Application Process

Request for Applications (RFA)

Applications are submitted via the Center’s online grants database system. The complete RFA and forms required for your application are provided there. You must create an account or login to the system to submit a proposal. For a quick introduction to setting up an account and submitting a proposal online, please view these tutorial videos.


The application period for this RFA has closed as of 5:00 p.m. (EST) on November 15, 2018.


See our Partnership Grant Resources page for useful links.