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Integrated Pest Management

National Research Initiative (NRI)

The National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRI) is the office in the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (NIFA) of the USDA charged with funding research on key problems of national and regional importance in biological, environmental, physical, and social sciences relevant to agriculture, food, and the environment on a peer-reviewed, competitive basis.

One topic area of the NRI is the biology and management of pests and beneficial organisms. The broad goal of this topic area is to support fundamental and mission-linked research on the biology of pest species, the agents that suppress pests, and the interactions between plants or livestock and their pests. Grants are awarded within four program areas:


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