Call for Research and Outreach Proposals 2018-2019
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:
- Understand the life history of Egyptian paspalidium/ Kissimmeegrass (Paspalidium geminatum) and current biotic and abiotic impacts on this species.
- Research 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)
- 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)
Proposal should be single-spaced, typed, and contain the following elements:
Date, Project Title, & Contact Information – Be sure to include the name(s) of the investigator(s) or applicant(s), the affiliation, address, phone, cell, and email.
Need for Research/Outreach – Relate the proposed work to invasive plant management in Florida and set forth one or more specific objectives. Please list these research/outreach objectives in bullet format within the text of your Need for Research/Outreach section. Extensive references to background literature are not necessary.
Methods – Succinctly outline the specific activities that will accomplish the research/outreach objective(s), i.e., the proposed methods for data collection and analysis. Collaboration or partnering with other agencies or organizations is encouraged.
Deliverables – A mid-progress status report (due December 15, 2018) and a fiscal year final report (due June 14, 2019) are required; simply state that they will be provided. The status report will indicate progress toward the objectives and include any preliminary results. The final report should include analysis of results, discussion, and recommendations as appropriate. Present reasearch project at the FWC Reasearch Symposium on March 5-6, 2019 (Orlando, FL). Notation of presentations made and reprints of published results from funded projects are encouraged.
Timeline – Provide a brief timeframe for the proposed work. Keep in mind that Section-funded projects are intended to be short-term (1 to 3 years). If the proposed tasks cover more than one state fiscal year (July 1-June 30), group them by year. Also, take into account that actual activity time may be shortened within a given year due to the time necessary for establishing a formal contract or contract task assignment.
Budget – Budget form. Briefly summarize a proposed budget in terms of time-frame. Section funds available for these projects vary from year to year and can be committed only on a yearly basis; thus, projects are evaluated annually for new and continued funding. For proposals spanning more than one state fiscal year, group the costs by year. The Section does not fund capital outlay expenses (computers, vehicles, etc.), tuition fees, or faculty salaries; university administrative overhead is limited to 10%. Keep in mind that the Section has limited funds; cost sharing is encouraged, please list outside contributions. A typical maximum funding for a year of university-research ranges from $20,000 to $50,000. The FWC Invasive Plant Management Section now requires that your proposal has a completed FWC Budget Form. Failure to complete will prevent your proposal from being considered for FWC funding.
Note: 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.
Applicants with high-ranking proposals will be notified by email before July 1, 2018.