Research and Outreach Grants Related to Invasive Plant Management in Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


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

Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2019

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

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied 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:

  • Understanding the life history of Egyptian paspalidium/ Kissimmeegrass (Paspalidium geminatum) and current biotic and abiotic impacts on this species.
  • Researching the feeding preferences of the exotic apple snails and its impact to aquatic plants, water quality and environmental effects.
  • Examine new control strategies (herbicides and integrated weed management) on spawning fish.
  • Develop effective and selective control methods with long-term management strategy for natural areas (may include large-scale restoration) for the following species:
    • Feathered mosquitofern (Azolla pinnata)
    • West Indian marshgrass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis)
    • Torpedograss (Panicum repens)
    • Cuban bulrush (Oxycaryum cubense)
    • Catclaw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) as well as biological control development
    • 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
    • Crested floating heart (Nymphoides cristata)
    • American evergreen (Syngonium podophyllum), Golden pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum) and arrowleaf elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) as well as biological control development

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.