Grant Opportunities

Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI)

SAI grants support the development of pest management practices and products that are safe, effective and appropriate for the implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). EPA regions offer SAI grants to:

  • Increase the adoption of sustainable agricultural production practices in partnership with producers, commodity groups, and other stakeholders by making the best use of expert crop consultants, USDA research, EPA safer substitutes, and university research on alternatives and pest management practices.
  • Cooperate with the USDA in demonstrating region-specific pest management technologies and integrated pest/crop management systems to replace pesticide uses, which may be canceled.
  • Capture and widely disseminate lessons learned about alternative pest control options through the USDA and other appropriate venues and support implementation of the FQPA.
  • Where appropriate focus on regional pesticide risk needs including but not limited to farm worker exposure, endangered species and other water quality issues.

Strategic Agriculture Initiative Grant Opportunities

Region 1
Information About Grant
Grant Announcement
Deadline: August 22, 2005

Region 2
Grant Announcement
Deadline: August 23, 2006

Region 3
Grant Announcement
Deadline: December 29, 2006

Region 4
Grant Announcement
Deadline: October 31, 2005

Region 5
Grant Announcement
Deadline: February 1, 2006

Region 6
Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement at
Deadline: June 16, 2006

Region 7
Grant Announcement

Region 8
Grant Announcement
Deadline: June 24, 2005

Region 9
Grant Announcement
Deadline: March 3, 2006

Region 10
Grant Announcement
Deadline: February 1, 2006

Archived SAI Grant Announcements from Previous Years
These are SAI grant announcements from previous years. While these announcements have expired, they still may be useful to grantees to see which grant requirements have changed over time and which grant requirements have remained the same.

Regional Integrated Pest Management Program The Regional Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Competitive Grants Program supports projects that develop individual pest control tactics, integrate individual tactics into an IPM system, and develop and implement extension education programs. The four Regional IPM Centers offer these grants.

2006 Biopesticide Grant Program
The IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program announces a request for grant proposals for funding of efficacy research in 2007. IR-4 is especially interested in proposals containing biopesticides as resistance management tools, rotated with conventional products. While resistance management is an important interest, the proposal must still have a majority focus on biopesticides. Project proposals will be accepted in Early, Advanced and Demonstration stage categories. The total amount of funding available will be around $ 400,000. Most successful grants have generally ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 with the largest grants generally around $20,000. The primary objective of the IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program is to further the development and registration of biopesticides for use in pest management systems for specialty crops or for minor uses on major crops. NOTE: If you are submitting a proposal for the Early or Advanced stage project, please use the forms starting on page 14. If you are submitting a proposal for a Demonstration project, please use the forms starting on pages 27. You can download the Grant Procedure and Application in Word format at :

If you would like a hard copy of the proposal mailed to you please contact Clarita Griffith at or (732) 932-9575 ext. 4624

                          Proposals will be due November 14, 2006

For questions about proposal format and content contact:
Michael Braverman, PhD
Biopesticide Program Manager
IR-4 Project, Rutgers University
Technology Centre of New Jersey
500 College Road East, Suite 201 W
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Tel (732)932-9575 ext 4610
FAX (609)514-2612