Call for CAMTech Research Proposals, Due July 19, 2017

June 12, 2017
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The National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech) announces a call for pre-proposals for research projects to begin January 1, 2018 (ISU and UK), and for projects to be included in the NSF Phase II center proposal (UF and UK). 

Research

Proposals should be for pre-competitive research (i.e. not leading to patentable information) related to arthropod or nematode management. The use of economically relevant organisms is encouraged.

Proposals in ALL areas relating to arthropod or nematode management are accepted. Areas of particular interest are:

Physiology

  • Cigarette Beetle RNAi, symbiont effects and RNAi stability
  • Identification of new receptors for olfaction (mosquito, ag pests; repellant / attractant)
  • Insect-microbe interactions (mosquitoes and key ag pests; effect on physiology and resistance)
  • 3D modeling of insecticides with receptors, improved analysis of insecticide binding to receptors

Resistance

  • Western bean cutworm resistance and dispersal
  • Methods for trait resistance studies
  • Dispersal of Vip3A resistance alleles in fall armyworm
  • IRM: socioeconomic studies on approaches to educate growers in best practices for resistance management

Genomics

  • Improved draft genomes of important pests (assemblies, annotations, comparative transcriptomics)
  • Tobacco cyst nematode – genomics
  • Comparative genomics – potato-, soybean-, rootknot- cyst nematodes
  • Bioinformatics – genome data sets, inter-relational database that spans RNA data across multiple analytical methods (arrays, RNA-Seq, tissue specificity)
  • Tissue specific promoters in insects

Organismal

  • Soybean pest ecology: frequency and dispersal of soybean aphid, insecticide resistance, other emerging soy pests 
  • Fall armyworm – basic biology/ecology (E.g. adult dispersal, travel distances, mating)
  • Citrus psyllid biology (E.g. symbiont biology, diversity, evolution, plant-host interactions, application of CTV vectors for control)
  • Methods for rearing and establishing difficult insect colonies (e.g. red-banded stink bug, non-diapausing northern corn rootworm)

Medical entomology

  • Adult mosquito ecology and biology
  • Sub-lethal effects of spatial repellents and insecticide active ingredients on human health pest mosquitoes and impacts on disease transmission.
  • Behavioral studies (e.g. cockroaches, bed bugs)
  • Human factors that impact the effectiveness of common, skin-applied repellent active ingredients and attractiveness to mosquitoes

Other

  • Modeling effects of climate change on emerging pests in North America
  • 3D insect cell culture to model specific tissues
  • Entomopathogens of Western corn rootworm

Eligibility

The CAMTech call for proposals is open to all faculty members at the CAMTech university sites (Iowa State University and University of Kentucky), and to University of Florida for the transition to the NSF Phase II funding period.

Funding

Funding will be considered for any allowable expenditure necessary to achieve the project goals, including but not limited to stipends for post-doctoral research associates and graduate students, supplies and travel. Funding should be included in the budget for attendance of two CAMTech industry advisory board (IAB) meetings per year. Funding per project is limited to a maximum of $75,000 direct costs per year with funding for an initial period of 1 year.  

Application process

To apply, please submit a one-page executive summary using this template to camtech@iastate.edu by Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please use the same email address if you have any questions. Principal Investigators of the selected pre-proposals will be notified early September and provided with a full proposal template. The deadline for submission of full proposals (totaling four pages in length) is Friday, September 29, 2017. Note that these full proposals will be presented in person at the CAMTech IAB meeting, to be held November 3-5 in Denver, CO (immediately prior to the ESA meeting) at which funding recommendations will be made.

For further information about CAMTech, please see http://camtech.ent.iastate.edu/

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