Research Fund

AMCA Research Fund


Mosquito control is science-based. Mosquito control professionals use observation of mosquito populations, evaluation of novel control technology and predictive modeling to determine the best way to manage mosquito populations and prevent pathogen transmission. Mosquito control has benefited from a long history of research within mosquito abatement agencies, at public and private universities, and at other qualified research institutions examining how to improve mosquito control to provide a better quality of life for the public.

In 2015, the American Mosquito Control Association was approached to begin administering the Mosquito Research Foundation. Re-named the AMCA Research Fund, the new program seeks to fund research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control, ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites. Priority research areas include:

  • Mosquito behavior and ecology
  • Arbovirus transmission
  • Chronic and/or acute impact of pesticides on target and non-target organisms
  • Novel methods of domestic and/or urban mosquito surveillance and control
  • Novel methods of arbovirus surveillance, control, and risk prediction
  • Adulticides and/or larvicides: new products research
  • Pesticide efficacy and/or resistance

 

call for amcarf reviewers

The 2021 AMCA Research Fund Committee is seeking reviewers for the funding year 2021.

The AMCA Research Fund was founded in 2017 to support innovations in mosquito and other vector surveillance and control that will benefit the entire AMCA stakeholder community, in particular encouraging proposals from early career professionals, district personnel, and independent researchers.

This call for reviewers is an opportunity for you to be a part of this effort and help select the best ideas, visions, and innovations that have the potential to transform our field.

We are seeking nine individuals total, with three coming from each of three categories:

  • District/Operational
  • University
  • Government Public Health (local, state, or federal)

We have eight full proposals to review.  Reviews will be conducted between October 9th and December 17th.  Proposals are five to six pages in length.  A scoring rubric and additional instructions will be provided by the AMCARF Research Fund Committee.

If you are willing to serve as a reviewer to review all eight full proposals by December 17th, 2020 please contact Megan MacNee at mmacnee@amgroup.us to volunteer.

Thank you.

Mark Breidenbaugh, PhD
AMCA President-Elect


Request For PRE-Proposals

The deadline for 2021 pre-proposals has passed. 

Goals

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Research Fund invites new pre-proposals for research on mosquito control and related topics for funding for calendar year 2021.

AMCA® is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes.

The AMCA Research Fund is devoted to funding research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control and ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites.

Priority Areas

In general, AMCARF seeks to support research that:

  • Enhances public mosquito and vector control agency mosquito control programs
  • Originates from young/early career researchers building their careers 
  • Originates from and/or includes researchers from Mosquito Control Districts 

More specifically, AMCARF priority areas include but are not limited to projects investigating:

  • Mosquito behavior and ecology
  • Arbovirus transmission
  • Chronic and/or acute impact of pesticides on target and non-target organisms
  • Novel methods of domestic and/or urban mosquito surveillance and control
  • Novel methods of arbovirus surveillance, control, and risk prediction
  • Adulticides and/or larvicides: new products research
  • Pesticide efficacy and/or resistance

Table of key amcarf dates

08 May 2020  AMCARF RFP on AMCA Website 
26 June 2020 Pre-proposals due 
10 August 2020 PIs are notified of full proposal request
9 October 2020 Full proposals due
18 December 2020 2021 AMCARF awardees are notified
15 January 2021 AMCARF funding distributed to PIs

Eligibility

The AMCA Research Fund will consider pre-proposals from public and private universities, mosquito abatement districts, qualified private research institutions, independent researchers, and small companies.

 

Early career researchers including those at the Assistant Professor rank, Post Docs, PhD candidates, and researchers at local, county, state, and federal government institutions with fewer than 10 years on the job are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Graduate students working to obtain a Master’s degree are also eligible to apply.

 

No more than 2 pre-proposals per researcher per grant cycle will be accepted.

 

Principal Investigators and pre-proposals must be from or directly affiliated with institutions based within the United States; i.e., AMCARF funds can only be disbursed to US institutions.  

 

criteria

Pre-proposals will be evaluated on their scientific merit and relevance to the outlined priority areas.

Pre-proposals are reviewed by a committee appointed by the AMCA Board of Directors that will consist of at least three leaders in the mosquito and vector control industry, three district personnel, three university personnel, and three government (local, state, federal) public health personnel.

All pre-proposals must conform to local, state, and federal regulations including those governing the use of humans and non-human animals in scientific research and all environmental regulations.

Pre-proposals will be reviewed from 26 June 2020 to 7 August 2020.  Principal Investigators of proposals selected for a full proposal will be notified on 10 August 2020.  Full proposals from selected pre-proposals will be due by 9 October 2020 with notification of award by 18 December 2020.

 

Principal Investigators for those projects selected for full proposals will be provided guidance on the requirements of a full proposal.

 

funding

Funding will be provided to awardees by 15 January 2021, and awardees will be publicly announced at the 2021 AMCA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah and published in the Annual Meeting Program.

Funding awarded may be up to $55,000 per one year of a project; however, preference will be given to projects that request less than $55,000.

Funds should be spent within 12 months of the award date; unspent funds will be revoked and replaced into the AMCARF pool for the next funding cycle. Requests for extension beyond 12 months must be submitted to the AMCARF no later than 1 month before the expiration date.

AMCARF does not make multi-year funding commitments. However, AMCARF will make a single-year commitment for a multi-year project. For multi-year projects, the year for which support is being requested must be indicated (e.g., “Year 2 of a 3-year project”).

AMCARF is committed to funding small projects and cannot fund university or government overhead costs or administrative fees.

reporting

AMCARF awardees are expected to attend, actively participate in, and conduct an oral presentation at the AMCA Annual Meeting to promote the impact of their research and AMCARF’s role in that research. In addition to sharing their results at the AMCA national meeting, principal investigators will submit their findings for publication in the Journal of American Mosquito Control Association. Depending on the number of AMCARF-funded projects, an AMCARF Research Symposium may be scheduled. At minimum, oral presentations of AMCARF-funded research will be slotted in the relevant sessions and specifically marked as AMCARF research in the AMCA Annual Meeting program.

Specific details on funding for attending the AMCA Annual Meeting must be included in the budget.

A Progress Report will be required to be submitted by 30 July 2021.

An Annual Report will be required to be submitted by 18 December 2021.

 

Additional Links:

• Policies and Procedures
• FAQ

  

amcarf aWARDEES

IN 2020 THE AMCA RESEARCH FUND AWARDED THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS:

Dr. BrelsfoardNon-target effects of autodissemination strategies for mosquito control”, Texas A&M

 

Dr. Reeves, “ Effect of size and circadian activity patterns of non-target pollinators on their chronic and acute susceptibility to adulticides”, University of Florida


IN 2019 THE AMCA RESEARCH FUND AWARDED THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS:

Brian Byrd, PhD., “Rapid Identification and characterization techniques for mosquitoes of public health importance”, Western Carolina University
Click here to view Annual Report

Nathan Burkett- Cadena, PhD., “Automated Real-time Collection and High-Fidelity Identification of Vectors”, University of Florida
Click here to view Annual Report

 
IN 2018 THE AMCA RESEARCH FUND AWARDED THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS: 
Dana Price, Ph.D., “Assessing the arboviral landscape via metagenomic analyses of sentinel FTA cards”, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Click here to view Annual Report

Kristy Burkhalter, “Field evaluation of arbovirus detection using honey cards in California”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Click here to view Annual Report

 

CONTRIBUTE TO THE AMCA RESEARCH FUND 

2020 AMCARF AWARDEES CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE amcarf ARE nOW bEING aCCEPTED! 

The AMCA Research Fund is currently accepting contributions for future research on mosquito control and related topics. 
 
Contributions can be made online or by check payable to: 

AMCA Research Fund
One Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA  95814

 

AMCA WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTERS (SINCE February 23, 2018):

  • ADAPCO
  • Animas Mosquito Control District
  • Anonymous Contribution
  • Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District
  • Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Michigan Mosquito Control Association
  • Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Schools First Federal Credit Union
  • Valent BioSciences