Deadline for Submission: Friday, April 26, 2013.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (USDA/APHIS/PPQ/CPHST), announces the FY13-14 RFP for the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC).
The research site is intended to facilitate research activities supportive of the broad goal to safeguard nursery production and the forest industry. Proposals reflecting short-term applied research are requested that address research priorities, including, but are not limited to: methods development to inhibit Phytophthora ramorum establishment and spread, mitigations to manage P. ramorum, epidemiological studies on inoculum sources, pathways, soil sampling focal points and disease distribution in nurseries.
New for FY13-14: In addition to accepting proposals for nursery research on P. ramorum, NORS-DUC will consider proposals relating to other soil-borne pathogens known to occur in California that are of economic importance to the national nursery industry. Proposals for studies on above-ground pathogens which contain no aerial dissemination stage will also be considered, but will be subject to strict limitations.
All work at NORS-DUC is compliant with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for bio-safety. Applicants must also obtain a Plant Pest Permit from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and a permit from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) for any materials evaluated at NORS-DUC.
Request for proposals will close on Friday, APRIL 26, 2013. Please refer to the proposal format and site guidelines, research priorities and the review criteria for relevant information to assist in completing your proposal.
Each submitted proposal should have an abstract limited to 300 words, a proposal description limited to two pages, a two-page CV for the PI and each CO-PI and a budget. The budget can include funding for travel, materials, supplies, equipment, and, if applicable, salaries not including the principal investigator. Other supportive information can be attached as appropriate or desired, but every effort should be made to have all pertinent information included in the two-page research plan.
If approved, funds are not to be used for permanent salaries or capital equipment items. Expenses for travel are limited to $5,000. In addition to technical assistance and data collection, not to exceed three hours/week, NORS-DUC will provide and maintain the site.
Submit each proposal into one Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file by Friday, April 26, 2013 to RFP.email@example.com.
All proposals will be subject to a first round review in accordance with the set research priorities and review criteria. First round review will be completed by Friday, May 24, 2013, at which time all researchers will be notified of the status of their proposals.
Selected proposals will be carried forward into second round review and invited to submit a detailed workplan and expected site accommodations by Friday, June, 14, 2013 for further consideration. Notification of funded projects will be sent on Friday, June 21, 2013, followed by a public announcement through the NORS-DUC website contingent upon approval of funding via the Farm Bill (section 10201).
All projects may start once funding for the fiscal year becomes available. Approximately $200,000 is available to fund projects ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 from the submitted proposals. Researchers, including international colleagues, who have already secured funding and only need space, are strongly encouraged to submit proposals; however, a negotiated space charge may apply for site use.
For questions, please contact the Program Manager, Karen Suslow, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Format: Name of Project, PI Contact information, Abstract, Background Information and Justification, Objectives clearly defined, Methodology, Schedule of Activities including a time line and Budget.
Charge: Our charge is to ensure that research objectives are appropriate, scientifically sound and consistent with the goals of the program. This committee will interface with the NORS-DUC Executive and Steering Committees. The Research Committee will provide recommendations to the Steering Committee. These recommendations for funding will be based on the scientific merit of the proposals based on priorities and criteria defined. Among these recommendations will include evaluations and assessments of: experimental design, methodology and priorities. The Executive Committee is ultimately responsible for implementing the activities that are conducted at NORS-DUC.
Research Requirements: Proposals should reflect short-term, very applied research which will address nursery concerns that lead to science-based regulatory decisions. These include Best Management Practices. Proposals must have an application for a site permit listing each principal investigator and each project proposal must meet permitting guidelines.
Each proposal must have a NEPA for Biosafety. Dominican University (DU) will provide and maintain the site. DU will also provide technical assistance and data collection. Salaries of researchers, travel, and technical support must be provided by the researcher. Funds for some materials and supplies will be provided in the grant.
RFP: The Request for Proposals will be initially sent out to researchers with a demonstrated record of scientific expertise in Oomycetes and plant pathology. After the first year, the distribution list will be broadened. A set of criteria are attached for proposal review. Proposals should not be sent directly to the Research Committee to maintain confidentiality of committee members.
Evaluation criteria will include, but not be restricted to the following: national and regional priority; scientific need and relevance; investigator's qualification; reasonableness of funding request; likelihood of success; and overall quality of proposal.
National and Regional Priority
Scientific Need and Relevance
Reasonableness of Funding Request
Likelihood of Success
Quality of Proposal