• Mountain pine beetle damaged forest
    Mountain pine beetle is the #1 TIS threat to Minnesota, even though it's not yet in the state

MITPPC announces Request for Pre-Proposals

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) is requesting research pre-proposals addressing the top ranked terrestrial invasive species from University of Minnesota faculty. Read the RFP here.

In brief:

  • Priorities. 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. Those priorities are summarized in this RFP. 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.
  • Eligibility. 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.
  • Funding availability. At least $1.5 million will be allocated to new or continuing projects under this request for pre-proposals. A single pre-proposal may be for up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Funding is primarily to support graduate students and postdocs. Capital requests are not eligible. Funding is likely to begin the fall of 2018.
  • Deadline to submit proposals. April 30, 2018 (4:30 PM) Electronic submissions are required. Pre-proposals should be submitted to Heather Koop, Associate Director, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, Principal investigators will receive confirmation when their pre-proposal is received.
  • Questions? Program and scientific questions should be directed to Dr. Robert Venette, Director, MITPPC,; 612-301-1405. Administrative questions should be directed to Heather Koop, Associate Director, MITPPC,; 612-626-1914.

Please note that the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) is running a concurrent RFP, which encourages principal investigators from the University of Minnesota to apply for terrestrial invasive species research funding from MITPPC, when applicable.


Recently funded research through ENRTF

Dwarf mistletoe detection and management, Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Forest Resources, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences. 
Fungi in ash trees: towards protecting trees from emerald ash borer and new diseases, Robert Blanchette, Plant Pathology, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences. 
Understanding the benefits and limitations of using goats for invasive plant control, Tiffany Wolf, Veterninary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine. 
Genetic control of invasive insect species: Phase I, Michael Smanski, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and Biotechnology Institute, College of Biological Sciences. 






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