FHP Grant: Special Technology Development Program (STDP)

USDA: Forest Service (USFS)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Oct 26, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Note: The deadline to submit New Project Proposals, Progress, and Final Reportsto Regional Representatives is November 9, 2017. Regional Representatives will submit nationally elevated New Project Proposals along with Progress and Final Reports to the National Program Manager by November 22, 2017. 

The Special Technology Development Program is administered at the national level and funds are provided by Forest Health Protection, Forest Service Research, the Eastern Environmental Threat Assessment Center, and the Western Environmental Threat Assessment Center.

Projects submitted to this Program must contribute to fulfilling the Forest Health Protection (FHP) mission: To protect and improve the health of America’s rural, wildland, and urban forests - i.e. must address forest insects, forest pathogens and diseases, and invasive plants.

National STDP Program Objective

The objective of the FHP Special Technology Development Program is to quickly move mature research findings into practical applications by developing or improving technologies that increase our ability to manage and restore forest systems through prevention, detection, and response to forest insects, pathogen, and invasive species. 

Types of Projects Considered

Technology oriented proposals addressing a broad range of topics are accepted. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • More rapid or cost effective detection of insects, pathogens, or invasive plants, especially exotics
  • Improved hazard rating systems for insects, diseases, or invasive plants
  • Models that evaluate climate change impacts on the spread of native and non-native invasive species
  • Develop or improve insect trapping technologies

This Program is specifically for developing technologies that enhance the effectiveness of FHP Programs and program operations.

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


  • Proposal Requirements and Eligibility:
    • Must address the FHP program mission
    • Must be submitted through the STDP Regional Representatives
    • Must have a FHP lead contact who is directly involved in the project proposal, development, and implementation
    • Have a maximum project duration of 3 years with results that can be implemented upon completion
    • Must meet cost-share requirements if you are a non-federal entity receiving funds through a Grant or Cooperative Agreement


  • National STDP Priorities:  Priorities are set by the FHP Directors, which if met, will give a higher ranking to proposals. STDP national program priorities are:
    • Technologies that address diagnostics and screening tools that lead to the early detection of high priority emerging invasive species.
    • Technologies that help quantitatively assess the impacts or risks of multiple interacting threats, including native/invasive insects and diseases, invasive plants, fire, as well as environmental disturbances and change.
    • Technologies that address destructive pests of understudied ecosystems (for example, but not limited to redbay, black ash, pinyon pine/juniper, higher elevation pines)


  • Technologies for biological control of invasive plants is covered under another Program! 
  • Do not submit proposals that would use STDP funds exclusively for research, routine surveys, or basic technical assistance.