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The 2013 Citrus Advanced Technology CATP-13 call for pre-proposals will be announced the first week of August 2013. Please read on for details on the topics of proposed research projects requested in the next funding cycle:

Request for Pre-Proposals: CATP-13

The Citrus Research and Development Foundation calls for research pre-proposals to develop solutions to manage Citrus Greening (Huanglongbing), Canker and other emerging diseases threatening Florida citrus production. New and continuing research initiatives should complement or build on the existing portfolio of research projects currently summarized in the progress reports posted at citrusrdf.org. Please also refer to the HLB research priorities as developed by the National Academy of Sciences at the following link: NAS NRC Research Priorities.

While all research priorities listed above are encouraged, some specific areas of emphasis for the 2013 Citrus Advanced Technology Program include:

  1. Understanding water quality effects on HLB;
  2. Evaluating non-copper treatment options for canker; and,
  3. Cost-effective methods for control of Diaprepes root weevil.

Interested applicants may submit a single page pre-proposal description of their project and upon further review MAY be invited to submit full proposals. Preproposal instructions and forms are available at citrusrdf.org under the Developing a Pre-Proposal link under the FUNDING drop-down menu on the Home Page, or at the following link: Developing a Pre-Proposal.

Please note that, while CRDF does not set a maximum number of pre-proposals that can be submitted by PI’s within a given research program, the number of full proposals invited will be limited. Since a new opportunity to respond to the call for pre-proposals occurs each year, CRDF expects to see the best, not all, of your ideas for funding during each cycle and will invite full proposals accordingly.

Timeline

  • August 5, 2013 – Announcement of CATP-13 pre-proposals
  • September 23, 2013 – Deadline to submit CATP-13 pre-proposals
  • October 15, 2013 – Announce pre-proposals invited to submit full proposals
  • November 18, 2013 – Deadline for those invited to submit CATP-13 full proposals
  • February 27, 2014 – Announcement of projects approved for funding
  • April 1, 2014 – Projected start date of approved projects

 Consideration for Full Proposals

Some changes have been made to the process of developing and submitting full proposals for the 2011 cycle and beyond. We believe that these changes have been easily implemented, and benefit you as researchers, as well as assist your institution and CRDF in administering successful contracts. The most significant change was that CRDF now requests full budget detail for each year of your proposed project enabling us to approve budgets for a multi-year research proposal and contract it accordingly. We plan to continue using this strategy since it allows us to better manage year-to-year contracting and budget flow, removing the need in most cases for revised budgets or revised project scope between years. This means that projects will continue from year to year automatically if progress and contract payments are current, eliminating the need for no-cost extensions and contract revisions each year unless there is a specific reason to revisit the project on a case-by-case basis. As is the case with current contracts, CRDF reserves the right to early termination of contracts as may be necessary. This language has not changed in the new contracts.

To accomplish this change to multi-year budgets in new projects, we are requiring that you submit budget forms that detail your proposed expenses for each year of the project, as well as a composite budget for the entire project period. Form CB-11 is comprised of the cover page and budget forms which have been modified to accommodate this and should facilitate your budget development. For projects that have a subcontract with another institution, a similar budget Form SC-11 must be completed, one for each subcontractor detailing each year and a composite for the entire subcontract.

The other change that will facilitate annual project transitions to a multi-year flow is the request for you to include the spreadsheet showing current and pending funding and personnel allocation with your full proposal packet. With these changes, CRDF will have all of the documentation necessary to proceed to contracting once proposals have been reviewed and approved for funding.

The CRDF webpage provides the full proposal application information to facilitate your proposal development. From the Funding link on the Home Page, you can navigate to “Developing a Full Proposal” and have access to a forms menu and instructions for development and submission of the proposal.

Best of luck with your efforts to develop a strong proposal.