FHP Grant: Biological Control of Invasive Plants (BCIP)

USDA: Forest Service (USFS)

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Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Deadline: Oct 18, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Invasive plants are one of the major threats to the ecological integrity, biological diversity, and productive capacity of the Nation’s forest and rangeland ecosystems. Tens of thousands of acres are newly infested annually by the growth of established invasive plant populations as well as by newly introduced invasive plant species. Federal, State, and private agencies need to form partnerships and coordinate the development of technologies to adequately address the spread and impacts of invasive plants.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service developed a National Strategic Frameworkfor Invasive Species Management. This Framework provides a consistent, agency-wide approach to the prevention, detection, and control of invasive species. The Framework incorporates a new Invasive Species Systems Approach (ISSA), developed to provide a coordinated response to invasive threats, both native and non-native, over time.

The ISSA identifies four key program elements:

  1. Prevention
  2. Detection
  3. Control and management
  4. Restoration and rehabilitation

The need continues to develop biological control technology to manage widespread infestations, and wherever possible, to use biological control as a central feature in invasive plant management and restoration efforts. Biological control is a proven cost effective and target-specific strategy that has been used extensively to manage invasive plants.

Forest Health Protection (FHP) has provided technical assistance for each of the four program elements for invasive plants. FHP participation emphasizes developing and implementing new technologies in collaboration with researchers and land managers.

The FHP Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team (FHTET) Biological Control Program supports the Forest Service Strategy by providing technical and financial assistance in the development and transfer of technologies aimed at increasing the use of biological controls. 

Priority Projects

FHP/FHAAST is currently requesting proposals for innovative projects that will advance the development of technology related to plant biological control. Original innovative pilot projects as well as proposals to expand existing technologies are strongly encouraged. Successful proposals will directly address the following priorities.

  • Developing improved rearing, host range testing, distribution and post-release monitoring techniques for a biological control agent
  • Development and/or implementation of technologies for monitoring/assessing plant trends and quantitative assessment of biological control impacts
  • Integrated weed management with a biological control component that is part of a methods development approach to determine efficacy and is not considered an operational treatment
  • Development of biological control strategies through funding of pilot projects

The duration of projects may extend a maximum of three years, but total funds requested should not exceed $100,000 per proposal. Yearly technical and financial progress reports are required for all projects. 

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


  • Minimum cost share contributions is 50/50 which is a dollar-for-dollar match of federal and non-federal funding.


  • Evaluations will be based on scientific merit and the probability of a timely success.
  • Proposals involving restricted geographical areas (e.g., a single state) will not be rated as highly as those involving broad geographical areas (e.g., multi-state).


  • Multi-year projects that are currently being funded by the FS, ARS or APHIS can NOT be funded by this request for proposals unless a written statement is provided supporting the need for supplemental funding.