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Grants to USA IHEs to Develop Environmentally Friendly Pest Management Options for Agriculture

Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT)

GrantWatch ID# 182600
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.303
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-ICGP-009484
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/13/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories qualifying colleges and universities to develop and implement alternative pest management strategies. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to discover environmentally friendly solutions to pest problems that are currently being controlled through the use of methyl bromide.

The primary goal and objective of the MBT program is to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives to methyl bromide. The MBT program seeks to solve pest problems in key agricultural production and post-harvest management systems, processing facilities, and transport systems for which methyl bromide has been withdrawn or withdrawal is imminent.

Proposals may integrate research and extension activities, or be extension-only, and be designed to provide transitional alternatives that address immediate needs resulting from the loss of availability of methyl bromide. The pressure to completely phase-out methyl bromide has created an urgent need for new economical and effective pest control tactics to control soil-borne and postharvest pests, and pests that need to be controlled by the processing and shipping industries to meet regulatory standards. All proposals must include a description of the economic analysis of costs and efficacy of implementing the new replacement technology.

In FY 2023, the MBT program seeks applications for projects to ensure that economically viable and environmentally sound alternatives to methyl bromide are in place and available as soon as possible for commodities that have been impacted by the phase-out of methyl bromide.

Applications also will be accepted to find alternatives for commodities that have current Quarantine and Pre-shipment (QPS) Exemptions. Applications must include an economic analysis of adopting and implementing the alternative methodology and the methods used to evaluate the cost/benefit analysis of the proposed alternative.

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Project Types:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities (as defined by section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)), as amended, Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACU) and 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (7 U.S.C. 7626(b)).

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Pursuant to Section 7214 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), NIFA will recognize and prioritize COE applicants that carry out research, extension, and education activities that relate to the food and agricultural sciences. A COE is composed of one or more of the following entities that provide financial or in-kind support to the COE.
1. State agricultural experiment stations;
2. Colleges and universities;
3. University research foundations;
4. Other research institutions and organizations;
5. Federal agencies;
6. National laboratories;
7. Private organizations, foundations, or corporations;
8. Individuals; or
9. Any group consisting of two or more of the entities described in (1) through (8).

Duplicate or multiple submissions are not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, February 13, 2023

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants must provide matching contributions at minimum on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded under the MBT. By statute, match may include funds from an agricultural commodity promotion, research, and information programs.

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: Approximately 24-36 Months

Contact Information
Program Contact:
Amer Fayad

RFA or application questions: support:
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
Email support:

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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