Research and Outreach Grants Related to Invasive Plant Management in Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2020

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

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Florida

Location of residency: Florida

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Overview:

Introduction

Effective management of invasive non-native plants on Florida’s public lands and waterways requires science-based policy and methodology. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Invasive Plant Management Section (FWC-IPMS) annually provides funding to scientific researchers in support of the Section’s aquatic and upland plant management programs. Funded projects may vary from basic life-history studies of invasive species to improving invasive plant control methodologies. Outreach is also important to educate the public, policy-makers, and the media about why invasive plant management is important in Florida. Funded projects in outreach may range from public surveys, economic impacts, and educational programs.

Areas of current interest, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Examine new control strategies (herbicides and integrated weed management) on spawning fish.
  • New innovative technologies for control or management of invasive plants (upland and aquatic).
  • Innovative methods to engage public about invasive plants
  • Reelevate current herbicides and/or adjuvants used in IPMS program for efficiency and selectivity (email Samantha for list)
  • Develop effective and selective control methods with long-term management strategy for natural areas (may include large-scale restoration) for the following species:
    • Peruvian primrose willow (Ludwigia peruviana), Largeflower primrose willow (Ludwigia grandiflora): effective control in mixed plant communities
    • Indian swampweed (Hygrophila polysperma)
    • Round leaf toothcup (Rotala rotundifolia) as well as biological control development
    • American evergreen (Syngonium podophyllum), Golden pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum) and arrowleaf elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium)
    • Peruvian primrose willow (Ludwigia peruviana), Largeflower primrose willow (Ludwigia grandiflora):

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

Eligibility:

  • Only government agencies and public and accredited universities/colleges are eligible for receiving FWC-IPM Section research/outreach funds that exceed $25,000 for each research project for each fiscal year.
  • Private environmental firms and others are limited to $25,000 for each fiscal year
    • and they can only be awarded one project unless they submit multiple proposals
    • and when combined, total less than or equal to $25,000.
  • University administrative overhead is limited to 10%.

Preferences:

  • Keep in mind that the Section has limited funds; cost sharing is encouraged.

Ineligibility:

  • The Section does not fund capital outlay expenses (computers, vehicles, etc.), tuition fees, or faculty salaries.