DPR Pest Management Research Grants Program

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $500,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 7, 2021 5:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2021 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Fields of work: Insect Pest Control

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, For-Profit Business, College / University, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Pest Management Research Grant Program

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) established its Pest Management Research Grant Program to develop practices that reduce the use of and risk from pesticides that are of human health or environmental concern in California.

Voluntary adoption of these practices, through use of integrated pest management2 (IPM) systems, reduces use of high-risk pesticides and reliance on regulations to minimize risks associated with these pesticides. Effective California IPM systems developed with the aid of a research grant may be promoted in the future through DPR’s Pest Management Alliance Grants Program, which emphasizes outreach and implementation. 

Scope of Prospective Research Projects

Projects must address issues pertinent to high-risk pesticide use in California and all field work must be conducted in California, or under California-like conditions. Projects must contribute to a California IPM system for prevention and management of pests by addressing goals such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Refined decision-making for pest management
  • Enhanced integration of pest management practices
  • Improvement of application technologies
  • Increased cost effectiveness of reduced risk practices
  • Modeling or meta-analyses to answer important questions related to advancing IPM

2020 Funding Priorities

  • Projects that identify, develop, and implement safer, practical, and sustainable alternatives to chlorpyrifos ($2.1 million). 
  • Projects that develop methods or practices to reduce risks associated with pesticides of high regulatory concern and/or are considered highrisk and which can be incorporated into an IPM system ($500,000).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Government and tribal agencies, universities, colleges, consultants, pest control businesses, commodity groups, marketing orders, and nonprofit organizations that have experience performing research are eligible.
  • Members of DPR’s Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) are eligible but:
    • must recuse themselves entirely from the grant review and selection process and may not score, discuss, or vote on any proposed grant project in the grant cycle if during that grant cycle, they:
      • are on the management team or are a principal investigator for a proposed grant project; or
      • have an immediate family member that is on the management team or is a principal investigator for a proposed grant project.
    • must recuse themselves from scoring, discussing, or voting on the proposed grant project for which they are associated if they participate as consultants, advisors, or in any other capacity (other than as a management team member or a principal investigator) for a proposed grant project.
      • They are not precluded from scoring, discussing, or voting on proposed grant projects for which they are not involved.


  • DPR employees are not eligible to receive funds.
  • Principal investigators cannot have outstanding fines or penalties with DPR or the County Agricultural Commissioners.
  • Projects that focus on research and development toward product registration will not be funded.