Invasive arthropods are a global challenge that impose a massive economic burden for agriculture, conservation, and health. With rising tourism, international trade, and climate change, it is more important than ever to invest in innovative research that tackles detection, response, management, and prevention of these invaders.
Jan 22, 2019
ESA Challenge Awards
The ESA challenge awards have been announced! ESA awarded additional grant funds to each project based on the number of pledges they had at 6 PM (PST) on February 21st.
Impacts of a new invasive aphid pest in North America - $650 grant
Evaluating visual preferences of allium leafminer to improve monitoring technology - $400 grant
Can we trap invasive weevils and protect the federally-threatened Pitcher's thistle? - $225 grant
Monitoring the small-but-mighty planthoppers and their potential impacts on plant health in Florida - $100 grant
Evaluating biocontrol techniques against the South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, an invasive pest worldwide - $75 grant
Pathogen screening of the invasive longhorned tick using metagenomics - $50 grant
ESA Challenge Description
In partnership with Experiment (a mission-driven company), the Entomological Society of America is calling for research proposals that focus on the 2018 Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology (GCAFE) topic: Invasive Arthropods.
At the conclusion of the GCAFE summit (Addressing the North American and Pacific Rim Invasive Insect and Arthropod Species Challenge) in Vancouver, Canada (November 9-10, 2018) participants and interested researchers are invited to collaborate on and submit research projects for funding via Experiment’s crowdfunding platform. Projects should address the key areas of focus identified at the summit to tackle the problem of invasive arthropods in North America and the Pacific Rim. Researchers do not need to have attended the summit in order to submit a campaign. Learn more about the summit and its outcomes here.
The world is more interconnected than ever, and with rising global tourism and migration, internet commerce, trade, and unintentional transport of invasive insects from one region to another, this is a problem with no simple solutions in sight.
ESA will be reviewing all projects prior to their joining the challenge, and reserves the right to reject projects that they feel do not meet the Grand Challenge criteria.
What to expect: