Research Grants Program

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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) Research Grants Program provides funding for research projects that advance integrated pest management (IPM) knowledge in agricultural, urban, and wildland settings. Projects should focus on reducing impacts to public health or the environment from pesticides of high regulatory concern and/or considered high-risk.

Please see the Alliance Grants Program for funding opportunities that promote or increase the implementation, expansion, and/or adoption of effective, proven, and affordable IPM systems and practices.

Application Process and Current Status

The 2024 Research Grants solicitation period is now closed. Proposal applications were accepted through September 14, 2023.

The 2024 Research Grants Program sought applications that address one or more of the following topic areas:

  • IPM for underserved or disadvantaged communities;
  • Decreasing the use of high-risk/high-volume pesticides (such as fumigants like 1,3-dichloropropene or sulfuryl fluoride);
  • Advancement of urban IPM and safer, more sustainable pest management tools and strategies in urban settings;
  • Advancement of IPM and safer, more sustainable pest management tools and strategies in agricultural settings, particularly in settings adjacent to or near a school(s);
  • Meeting the IPM needs of small growers; and/or
  • TWO or more of the three sustainability pillars noted below and referenced in the Sustainable Pest Management (SPM) Roadmap:
    1. Human Health and Social Equity,
    2. Environmental Protections,
    3. Economic Vitality

For reference, the 2024 Research Grants proposal application materials are available here: 2024 Research Grants Materials.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Early August 2023 – Solicitation period opens; DPR begins accepting proposal applications
  • Thursday, September 14, 2023 – Final application deadline
  • Thursday, February 8, 2024 (9:30 am PT) – Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) Research Grants proposal review meeting
  • Mid-April 2024 – Funding decision emails sent out
  • Monday, July 1, 2024 – Earliest project start date pending full execution of the grant agreement
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2027 – Latest project end date

Informational Videos

DPR staff have produced recorded videos on topics to assist applicants in successfully applying to our Grants Programs. These videos are available on YouTube and include sessions devoted to the following topics:

Funded Pest Management Research Grants (2013 - present)

Funded Alternatives to Chlorpyrifos Research Grants (2019 - present)

Alternatives to chlorpyrifos research projects were funded through a special one-time allocation from California’s General Fund. The funds were used to support research projects that advance safer, more sustainable pest management alternatives to chlorpyrifos with the goal of developing and fostering integrated pest management (IPM) practices that can be voluntarily adopted in lieu of using chlorpyrifos.

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