IPM Partnership Grants Program

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Program Highlights

Available Funds Approximately $200,000 (total)
Application Deadline November 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Download the RFA Partnership Grants Program Request for Applications (PDF)
Download Sample Forms Partnership Grant Forms (ZIP) – Preview the forms needed for your proposal. Important: These forms are only intended to provide a preview of the application process. You must submit your proposal using the online grant management system.
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Projects funded through the IPM Partnership Grants Program must further the mission of the Northeastern IPM Center, address or identify IPM Priorities for the Northeast, 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
  • Next Generation Education
  • Climate Change and Pests
  • Advanced Production Systems

Funded projects are expected to contribute significantly to the adoption and/or development of IPM 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 Projects

The IPM Partnership Grants Program funds three types of projects:

  • IPM Applied Research
  • IPM Working Groups
  • IPM Communications

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 (Applied Research), or
  3. the development of publication(s) and/or a pest management strategy plan (Communications), or
  4. the collaboration of PDs submitting 3 complementary proposals listed above.

If you have an idea for an IPM proposal but are not sure which project type is appropriate, please see the table below.

IPM Applied Research
Identifies gap in knowledge that prevents IPM adoption
Designs experiment(s) to build knowledge
Presents/publishes results, including to extension/outreach colleagues/community
Results in new knowledge or practices that improve efficacy of IPM
IPM Working Groups
Identifies and convenes stakeholders around defined topic
Identifies gaps in knowledge, adoption of practices, or communication
Develops plan for addressing gaps (for example: white paper, proposal, conference)
Results in new or enhanced efforts to advance adoption of IPM
IPM Communications
Identifies an audience(s) that lack knowledge of IPM
Synthesizes knowledge and research results
Disseminates information by methods appropriate to identified audiences
Results in changes in behavior or conditions, specifically adoption of IPM

Available Funds

Approximately $200,000 is available, with a maximum of $50,000 per award, depending on project type. There is a 24-month time limit on funded projects. Projects that include an 1890 land-grant institution may apply for $60,000.


Public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and private individuals are eligible for these funds as long as they are able to meet the criteria for subrecipients required by federal regulations and Cornell University (see Appendix E of the RFA). Project directors (PDs) from smaller states, 1890 land-grant institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, and community colleges are encouraged to apply. All PDs must work and conduct the relevant work in the Northeast. Co-PDs may be from outside the region.


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.


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Application Process

Request for Applications (RFA)

Download the RFA, which contains complete instructions for preparing your proposal.

Applications are submitted via the Center’s online grant management system.

Note: You must create an account and log in to the system in order to view the online forms. After logging in, click “Start a new grant proposal,” then navigate to the “2021 Northeastern Partnership RFA” and click “Begin a new proposal.” For an introduction to the grant management system, watch these tutorial videos.


Proposals must be submitted through the online grant management system by 5:00 p.m. (eastern time) on November 12, 2020.


See the IPM Partnership Grants Program Resources for useful links.