NFU Call for applications to undertake ELM IPM Test & Trial project

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The NFU has submitted a proposal for Defra funding of an innovative and exciting Environmental Land Management (ELM) Test and Trial (T&T) on Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

If successful in being awarded funding, the NFU will contract a partner organisation(s) to deliver the IPM T&T, under NFU supervision, during the period November 2020 to October 2021.

This NFU call asks for UK research organisations and providers to submit a fully costed research proposal to deliver the work and objectives as set out in the T&T proposal submitted by the NFU, the details of which are provided in the Call document. Applicants should ensure they can deliver the work and objectives, given the detailed parameters and approaches defined in the proposal and this call.

To receive a copy of the Call document and application form contact [email protected].

The application window for this call is short. The deadline is to make a fully costed proposal by electronic submission to Y2hyaXMuaGFydGZpZWxkQG5mdS5vcmcudWs= no later than 09:00 on 2 November 2020. Applicants should use the tender application form supplied.

If you need any clarification or have any queries contact Y2hyaXMuaGFydGZpZWxkQG5mdS5vcmcudWs=. Questions and answers will be published on this page as part of an open tender process.

Questions and answers

Q. Will questionnaire data, from the new IPM plans being collected by the NFU/VI, be made available to the winners of the tender?

A. The new IPM plans are not yet live, so while this questionnaire data could probably be made available - we could not say at this stage how much data would be available or when. So, such completed surveys would only ever be supplemental. The main questionnaire data the successful applicants would be working with would be the data they collect from the 200+ survey participants.

Q. Do you think IPM around a specific disease would fit into this or is it too narrow?

A. This call is about undertaking a detailed assessment of the prospects for ELMs to help deliver widespread IPM across a wide range of farming sectors – arable, horticulture, and grassland/livestock systems. And it will be looking at the full range of IPM measures, not just IPM approaches focussed on a specific pest, disease or weed scenario.

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