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The purpose of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants & Pests Center is to identify and fund promising lines of research to protect Minnesota's natural and agricultural resources. We invite eligible University of Minnesota faculty statewide to submit to our annual RFP funding process. We especially encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations in alignment with MITPPC research priorities, outlined below.
2019 Request for Proposals
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants & Pests Center RFP pre-proposal submission period has closed for 2019. RFP guidelines are founded upon a prioritized a list of 120 pests, pathogens, and plants developed in partnership with state agency land managers and University faculty.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Pre-proposals should directly address one or more high-priority invasive terrestrial plants or pests and one or more research themes identified by the MITPPC’s prioritization process. The following priorities are outlined fully in the RFP document:
- Detection and distribution of invasive terrestrial plants and pests
- Response of invasive terrestrial plants and pests to future conditions
- Effectiveness of management alternatives for invasive terrestrial plants and pests
- Human dimensions of priority invasive-species issues
Projects that are primarily educational will not be funded by the MITPPC, but individuals supported by the MITPPC are expected to engage in outreach and education.
Faculty and postdocs with the authority to serve as principal investigators at all University of Minnesota campuses and Research and Outreach Centers are invited to submit pre-proposals.
Multidisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged but not required. Researchers or managers from other academic, governmental, or private institutions are strongly encouraged to serve as cooperators. Proposals should include one or more implementation partners (i.e., representatives of organizations who are likely to use results from the project). No funding may be transferred to cooperating institutions outside of the University of Minnesota.
A single pre-proposal may request up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of four years.
$3.5 million will be allocated to new or continuing projects under this request for pre-proposals. Funding is primarily to support graduate students and postdocs. Capital requests are not eligible. Funding is likely to begin the fall of 2019.
Submissions must be received via email by April 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM.
Pre-proposals should be submitted to Heather Koop, Associate Director, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principal investigators will receive confirmation when their pre-proposal is received.