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Proposals must not exceed the maximum page length (10 pages + title page, budget, current, planned, and pending research support, biographies, and references).  Please use 11-point Arial font, and one-inch margins.  Submit online at http://www.pdgrants.ucdavis.edu, where much of the information requested below can be entered in the corresponding blanks or as checked boxes.  Electronic submissions are due no later than Friday, January 15, 2010.  By Wednesday, January 20, 2010, submit one signed hard copy to

UC Statewide IPM Program, Robbins Annex
Attention Ms. Melanie Caruso
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8621

Project Type
Please indicate that this is a proposal on Invasive Species in Plant Agriculture.

Project Title
Please provide the title of the proposal, in 150 or fewer characters.

Signature and Authorization Page
Furnish proof of authorization and agreement to conduct the proposed research by providing required institutional approvals and signatures of the PI, Co-PIs, and Cooperators. (Note: This applies to the mailed paper copy only, not electronic submissions.)

Principal Investigator (PI)
Please see the definitions for PI, Co-PI and Cooperator on page 3. Indicate the PI, i.e., the person responsible for overall project management, coordination, and execution. Include institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs)
Include institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of each Co-PI. Indicate the roles of each Co-PI and obtain the agreement of each Co-PI for his or her participation in the proposed research.

Indicate the roles of each cooperator and obtain agreement from each for his or her proposed participation.

Research Area
The research area for a proposal of this type is “Invasive Species in Plant Agriculture.”

Expected Duration of Project
Indicate the number of years for which funding is requested (three years maximum).

Budget Summary
Supply the budget total for each year requested. (Note: more information on the proposed budget, including detail and justification, is provided below)

Supply important keywords that characterize this project.

Project History
Indicate how this project relates to other past, current, and anticipated future research projects. Summarize previous work in this area (1600 characters maximum).

Provide a layperson’s summary of this project (approximately 100 words).

Objectives of Proposed Research and Path to Application
State the aim or broad goal of the proposal, followed by a numbered list of specific objectives. After the specific objectives provide a summary of the potential impact and relevance of the proposed research, covering the points indicated below (3200 characters). Describe, for the project as a whole and for each objective, how the project’s findings will improve detection and exclusion of invading species of microbes, insects, or nematodes having the potential to damage vineyard, orchard and crop agriculture or pastures. Describe the steps that would be taken to achieve field or port-of-entry application of the new detection methods. Provide an estimate of the timeframe involved. For those proposals that present approaches nearing the application stage, include a research component intended to estimate the anticipated costs and economic benefits of implementation. Cite relevant publications.

Methodology to Accomplish Objectives
Discuss the experimental procedures for each objective. Discuss laboratory experiments, instrument design, plot design, methods, and potential pitfalls and limitations. Cite relevant publications.

Research Timetable
Outline the timeline, indicating start dates, periods of activity, and completion dates for each activity and objective, and for the entire project.

Research Capacity and Likelihood of Accomplishing Objectives
Summarize how the PI, Co-PIs and cooperators’ research capacities (e.g., laboratory space, fabrication facilities, computer facilities, laboratory and field resources, and human resources) and previous work make the proposed work feasible and increase the likelihood for accomplishing the stated objectives.

Intellectual Property
Describe any intellectual property, other than copyrighted publications, that this project is likely to produce, and provide information or a URL describing your institution’s policies for managing intellectual property. In addition, researchers should make reasonable efforts to describe any proprietary technologies, including methodologies, that your research will necessarily use or incorporate and the steps, if any, that may be required in order to use these proprietary technologies for practical applications of the project’s research results.

Current, Planned, Pending, and Recent Research Support
Use the following format to identify support for your current, planned, pending, and recent projects that have any component related to the research proposed in your submission.

  • Provide information on all current, planned, pending, and recent projects, whether or not there is a specific time commitment by a PI or Co-PI.  Where there is a time commitment (with or without a salary provision) indicate the percentage of time on an annual basis.
  • Explain any connections and/or overlaps between existing and/or pending support and this submitted proposal. How will the total support package tie together?
  • If there are no other related current, planned, or pending projects, state “NONE.”
Related current projects
Name Supporting agency & project number Total budget Proposed effective & expiration dates Percent of time committed Project title
(PIs and Co-PIs)          
(PIs and Co-PIs)          
Related projects that are planned (within the next 6 months) or for which funding is pending, and recent (past 5 years) projects for which funding was received
Name Supporting agency & project number Total budget Effective & expiration dates Percent of time committed Project title
(PIs and Co-PIs) This proposed project        
(PIs and Co-PIs)          

Biographical Sketches
Include a brief biographical sketch for each PI and Co-PI. List 15 of his/her most recent publications (not just those relating to the current project). Maximum of two pages per PI or Co-PI, exclusive of the list of publications.

Budget Request
Note: Indirect costs will not be covered and should not be included in the budget request.
Prepare a budget page using the form CSREES 2004 (or designated replacement form) and a detailed budget narrative, following the instructions for the form (see http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/FORMS/ for forms and instructions). Although funding is approved and transferred on a yearly basis, describe your needs for the entire requested period of the proposed project (maximum of three years). Follow the budget with a narrative explanation and justification of budget items. Please note that:

  • The budget narrative and justification must include all budget categories for which support is requested and must list these budget categories individually (with costs) in the order in which they appear in the budget.
  • Each component of the "Nonexpendable Equipment" and "All Other Direct Costs" categories must be itemized and the cost per item must be provided.

Publications Cited
Include a list of publications cited in the research proposal. Provide complete citations (authors, year published, full title, journal or book title, and inclusive page numbers).  Within the proposal, cite references by author and year.

Additional Forms
Additional certifications may be required for proposals selected for funding. Awardees will be given instructions regarding any additional forms needed in their award letters.


Intellectual Property and Data Sharing
(From: Plant Genome Research Program RFA for FY 2007, Program Solicitation NSF 07-531, National Science Foundation)

Describe the management of intellectual property rights related to the proposed project, including plans for sharing data, information, and materials resulting from the award. This plan must be specific about the nature of the results to be shared, the timing and means of release, and any constraints on release. The proposed plan must take into consideration the following conditions where applicable:

-- Sequences resulting from high-throughput large-scale sequencing projects (low pass whole genome sequencing, BAC end sequencing, ESTs, full-length cDNA sequencing, etc.) must be released according to the currently accepted community standard (e.g. Bermuda/Ft. Lauderdale agreement) to public databases (GenBank if applicable), as soon as they are assembled and the quality checked against a stated, pre-determined quality standard.

-- Proposals that would develop genome-scale expression data through approaches such as microarrays should meet community standards for these data [for example, Minimum Information About a Microarray Experiment (MIAME) standards; see http://www.mged.org/Workgroups/MIAME/miame.html].  The community databases (e.g. Gene Expression Omnibus) into which the data would be deposited, in addition to any project database(s) should be indicated.

-- If the proposed project would produce community resources (e.g. epidemiological data, genotyping data, biological materials, software, etc.), these resources should be made available to the research community in a timely fashion. The timing of release should be stated clearly in the proposal, and how the resources will be disseminated should be described. The resources produced must be available to all segments of the scientific community, including industry. A reasonable charge is permissible, but the fee structure must be outlined clearly in the proposal. If accessibility differs between industry and the academic community, the differences must be clearly spelled out.

The Bermuda / Ft. Lauderdale agreements can be found online at http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/research/bermuda.shtml and http://www.genome.gov/Pages/Research/WellcomeReport0303.pdf.

Progress Reports
Funded researchers will be required to submit project information, including progress reports, publications, and links to project-related sequence data annually.

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