PA IPM Grants & Reports

This section includes PA IPM USDA reports, as well as some of the funding opportunities available for IPM research and extension projects. It is neither official nor comprehensive. We've summarized what granting institutions have done in past years so you know what to expect if there isn't a current RFP.


The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (PA IPM) is a collaboration between the PA Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The mission of this program is to promote effective pest management that results in the efficient protection of our food, fiber, health, home and industrial resources in a manner that is profitable, safe and environmentally compatible.

Federal Grant Programs USDA/CREES

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities.

Most research programs would end up close to the Senate numbers and 2012 levels, but funding remains low by historical standards.

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) was established to solve critical industry issues through research and extension activities. SCRI will give priority to projects that are multistate, multi-institutional, or trans-disciplinary; and include explicit mechanisms to communicate results to producers and the public. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas: research in plant breeding, genetics, and genomics to improve crop characteristics; efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators; efforts to improve production efficiency, productivity, and profitability over the long term; new innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening; and methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production and processing of specialty crops.

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans.

EPA Funding

Each year PestWise programs form dozens of new partnerships by awarding more than $3.1 million in grants to growers and researchers across the country. These grants fund projects that are exploring innovative practices, technologies and regulatory solutions to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) adoption. The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) administers four different grants that align with OPP's strategic goals and provide the platforms for our day-to-day work.

A competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them. By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment.

Our grant programs foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management. They are an important part of the Northeastern IPM Center's mission and strategic plan. We advertise new requests for applications (RFAs) via this website and our email and print mailing lists.

Established in 2001, the North Central Risk Management Education Center funds results-based, producer-focused, competitive grants with funding from the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES).

EPA created the Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program (formerly Pollution Prevention Incentives for States) under the authority of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The grant program provides matching funds to State and Tribal programs to support P2 activities across all environmental media and to develop State-based programs. EPA believes these environmental programs have the best opportunity to promote P2 because States have closer, more direct contact with industry and are more aware of local needs.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health issues in their communities

EPA is announcing the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) which will provide funding for implementation of the draft voluntary guidelines. Eligibility for funding under this competitive solicitation is limited to states, tribes and territories.

EPA is announcing the availability of funding to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, and wastewater management.

Northeast Region Grant Program

Proposals are submitted on line. Submission instructions are included in the application materials. Awards are announced in the early spring.

Questions? 802/656-0471


The Northeastern IPM Center began funding projects through the IPM Partnership Grants Program in 2004. The lead Project Director must be from the northeastern region, but the eligibility for this program is broad. The IPM Center has primary responsibility for administering this program and writes the Request for Applications (RFA) with input from regional stakeholders. Deadline Nov. 16th.

The NE SARE region is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Commercial farmers who would like to test a sustainable new practice, often by conducting an experiment, trial, or on-farm demonstration. Projects can explore a wide range of topics such as pest management, soil health, renewable energy, adding value, marketing, or new production techniques, and funds can be used for materials and to pay farmers for their time. The application is straightforward and comes with a how-to guide that gives examples from past applications.

For organizations that bring together farmers and community partners to enhance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of farms and communities.

The Research and Education program funds outcome-based projects offering research, education, and demonstration projects that benefit farmers and explore new sustainable farm practices.

Additional Grant Resources

From 1992 through 2007, funding through the NSF Center for IPM exceeded $35 million. For 2007, NSF CIPM is managing over $8 million in active projects, and additionally managed the Southern Region IPM Competitive Grants Program for USDA/CSREES through the Southern Region IPM Center.

HRI seeks to support projects that address issues important to the green industry. Please review the HRI Research Priorities Listing and previous supported projects for more information on HRI supported research.

The People's Garden Grant Program (PPGP) is designed to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education. This program is a joint initiative supported by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Nutrition Service, Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, in addition to NIFA. Successful applicants will provide micro-subgrant support to smaller local projects.

International Travel Grants

A description of the categories as well as information about the specific proposal requirements, application process, and evaluation criteria can be found here.

The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) maintains a fund to support faculty travel preparing for or accompanying students on short-term, summer, or semester-long programs offered with any Penn State GEN partner. The goal is to promote collaboration with an institution designated as a Penn State strategic partner.

UOGP Graduate Student Travel Grant The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) maintains a fund to support graduate travel related to the presentation of the scholarly work of Penn State graduate students at international conferences or other major professional meetings outside the United States. The goal is to promote and support global leadership in scholarship and international engagements.

UOGP Transformational Travel Grant Goldolas in Venice. The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) maintains a fund to support internationalization efforts through programs that are positioned to make substantial long-term international impact for the faculty member’s department, college, campus and/or university. The goal is to provide renewable support for the creation of sustainable academic programs with significant international focus.