Who is eligible to apply for FWC invasive plant management research funds?
Only government agencies and public and private accredited universities are eligible for receiving Section research funds that exceed $25,000 for each research project for each fiscal year. Private environmental firms, NGOs, and others are limited to a total of $25.000 or less for one or more research project for each fiscal year.
How to apply for Section research funds
A call for pre-proposals is issued in February of each year for the next fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) along with Section research interests for the coming year. To obtain a copy of this call for pre-proposals and bureau research interests, contact Don C. Schmitz at the Florida Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Invasive Plant Management Section, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 705, Tallahassee, FL 32399 or e-mail at (Don.firstname.lastname@example.org).
General Application Guideline
Pre-proposals should be no more than two pages in length and should contain the following elements:
- Date, Project Title, & Contact Information - Be sure to include the name(s) of the investigator(s) or applicant(s), the affiliation, address, phone number, fax, and e-mail.
- Need for the Research - Relate the proposed work to invasive plant management in Florida and set forth one or more specific objectives. Extensive references to background literature are not necessary. Invasive species targeted in the project should be among those listed as Category I or II by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) (see their web site for the species list at www.fleppc.org).
- Methods - Succinctly outline the specific activities that will accomplish the research objective (s), i.e., the proposed methods for data collection and analysis. Collaboration or partnering with other agencies or organizations is encouraged.
- Deliverables - A mid-point status report and a fiscal-year final report are required; simply state that they will be provided. The status report indicates progress toward the objectives and includes any preliminary results. The final report should include analysis of results, discussion, and recommendations as appropriate. Notation of presentations made and reprints of published results from funded projects are welcomed.
- Schedule - Provide a brief timeframe for the proposed work. Keep in mind that Section-funded projects are intended to be short-term. If the proposed tasks cover more than one fiscal period, group them by year. Also, take into account that actual activity time may be shortened within a given year due to the time necessary for establishing a formal contract or contract task assignment.
- Budget - Briefly summarize a proposed budget. Section funds available for these projects vary from year to year and can be committed only on a yearly basis; thus, projects are evaluated annually for new and continued funding. For proposals spanning more than one fiscal period, group the costs by year. The Section does not fund capital outlay expenses, tuition fees, or faculty salaries; university administrative overhead is limited to 10%. Keep in mind that the Section has limited funds; cost sharing is encouraged. A typical maximum for a year's university-based research is $35,000.
During the month of April, all pre-proposals will be evaluated in a two-step process. In the first phase, review comments are solicited from bureau-wide staff and from other interested parties, while members of a research review committee (five Section administrators) individually rank the pre-proposals by project topic according to their sense of program priority needs. For the second step, the committee reviews the rankings and reviews comments as a group, agrees on priorities, and correlates highest-ranking projects to funds available.
The deadline for submission of research pre-proposals for FY 12-13 is April 25, 2012.
Electronic submission is strongly encouraged: Send a Word document file to Don.Schmitz@myfwc.com
Send paper copies to:
Don C. Schmitz
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Invasive Plant Management Section
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 705,
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Early submissions are acceptable.