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Please be aware of the short turnaround on this opportunity:Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (Mountain time), Monday, January 11, 2016.
Please find attached the request for plans of work for the Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative. Please note the due date.
Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative: Requests for Plans
Funding available through the Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI) provides valuable resources from USDA Agricultural Research Service for research that ensures the availability of healthy non-Apis pollinator populations essential for alfalfa seed production. The current primary non-Apis (non-honey bee) pollinators are the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata, and the alkali bee, Nomia melanderi.
Research must address one or more of the topics listed, which are all relevant to alfalfa pollinators:
At this time also, a request for Year 2 of a plan already funded for Year 1 should be (re)submitted, with only the Year 2 budget.
Contingent on the number of awarded proposals, full budget requests may, or may not, be met. It is strongly encouraged that findings be reported in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, brief project reports (1-3 pages) will be solicited and required annually and will be posted on a website, which will archive all APRI projects in a searchable database. By solicitation of the program organizer, oral reports or posters by funded researchers may be requested for presentation at the annual Western Alfalfa Seed Growers Association meeting in January.
RFPs are accepted for review only if they strictly adhere to submission procedures and format outlined below. Only RFPs received by close of business (5 pm Mountain Time) on the given deadline will be accepted for review.
RFPs will be reviewed by ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit scientists and the six Class 1 members of the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance. Announcements of awarded proposals for 2016 will be made by February 5. Funding will be provided to non-ARS PIs via Specific Cooperative Agreements between ARS and the institution of the Lead Investigator. ARS PIs will be funded at the ARS Research Unit level. The dispensation of funds will occur as efficiently as is possible within any current restrictions on the Federal Budget or the work load of the ARS agreement specialists.
For more information contact:
Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS
Phone: (435) 797-0581