Call for Research and Outreach Proposals
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)
- New innovative technologies for control and/or management of invasive plants for upland and aquatic ecosystems
- Reelevate current herbicides and/or adjuvants used in IPMS program for efficiency and selectivity – contact Samantha Yuan for the list
- Innovative methods to engage public about invasive plants
- Long term impact of non-target damage from maintenance control
- Research and development of biological control agents for Urena lobata (Caesarweed)
- Feeding preferences of the exotic apple snails and its impact to aquatic plants (especially on Paspalidium geminatum (Kissimmeegrass), water quality and environmental effects
- Differentiate the native Vallisneria in FL from the spiralis x V. denseserrulata hybrid by vegetative morphology and herbicide susceptibility of the V. spiralis x V. denseserrulata hybrid
- Genetic testing and control methods for Oxycaryum cubense forma paraguayense, looking at the sessile inflorescence versus pedicellate inflorescence
- Best management practice for Small leaf spiderwort (Tradescantia fluminensis) in floodplain area
- Effect of floating plant shading over native submerged aquatic plants and recovery strategies for the native species
- Develop effective and selective control methods with long-term management strategy for natural areas (may include large-scale restoration) for the following species:
- Arrowleaf elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium)
- Oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea)
- Gold Coast jasmine (Jasminum dichotomum)
- Brazilian jasmine (Jasminum Fluminense)
- Nightblooming cactus (Selenicereus undatus)
- Bowstring hemp, mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant, African spear (Dracaena Hyacinthoides, D. trifasciata, D. angolensis) without digging it out of the ground
- Tahitian bridalveil (Gibasis pellucida)
Application (please submit through the R&O system):
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 2021) and a fiscal year final report (due June 2022) are required. 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 research project at the FWC Research Symposium on March 2023 (virtual or central 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, consider the 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. Private environmental firms and others need to contact Samantha Yuan for more details.