National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program for fiscal year (FY) 2024 to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase-out.
Donor Name: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: More than $1 million
Grant Duration: 3 Years
Methyl bromide has been a pest and disease control tactic critical to pest management systems for decades for soilborne and postharvest pests. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale.
The following describes the two types of projects that are eligible for funding. Applicants must propose one of the following project types:
- Integrated projects focus on research for new alternatives and extension to encourage adoption and implementation of methyl bromide alternatives.
- Integrated project applications must identify and incorporate both research and extension goals into the proposed project. As a general guideline, no more than two thirds of the project’s budget should be devoted to either function. Extension efforts, such as field demonstrations, grower trials, workshops, and distributed information, should result in commercial awareness, understanding, and adoption of new technology and alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation. Economic analysis of the proposed new strategy must be an integral part of the project.
- Extension-Only projects increase levels of adoption and implementation of pest management strategies by producers and growers.
- Extension-only projects facilitate the adoption and implementation of practices that will result in effective management of pests without the use of methyl bromide and will lead to measurable behavior changes in the identified audience or stakeholder group. Project proposals may include development of extension materials and information delivery systems for outreach efforts, conducting field-scale or on-farm demonstrations, or delivery of IPM extension outreach, and training. Document the existence of a research base relevant to the extension effort. Include an economic analysis of the proposed new strategy as an integral part of the project. Analyses of target population risk perception and economic constraints to adoption are required for all extension-only projects.
- The amount available for grants in 2024 is anticipated to be approximately $1.9 million.
- Explicitly describe timelines for completion of the major objectives in the application for the entire project period, which may range from one to three years from the start date.
Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities.
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