Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Projects to Advance the Safe Use of Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible organizations to manage projects in support of safe pesticide use and implementation of the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) regulations. Projects can be materials development, outreach activities, technical assistance, training and education, or other program or activity. Subject matter experts and stakeholders will be involved from the project planning stage to evaluating the effectiveness of the materials and activities. The target audience of projects includes people who are occupational users of pesticides; people who work where pesticides are used; regulators and the regulated community; educators and trainers; and others affiliated with pesticide occupational use and pesticide safety activities. Also, the award recipient will administer subawards to nonprofit organizations for community-based projects (CBPs). The number and amount of subaward funding will vary depending on the amount of funds awarded for the cooperative agreement each programmatic year (See Funding/Awards).

The purpose of the program is to ensure the safety of chemicals in the marketplace through projects that advance the safe use of pesticides. 

The program objectives are to increase the number, availability, and quality of opportunities to advance the safe use of pesticides such as developing or updating materials, conducting outreach programs, providing technical assistance, and/or carrying out education and training activities to assist in the implementation of the WPS and CPA regulations so that pesticides are used safely and correctly, and the risk of exposure is minimized.

EPA will consider only one application from each eligible applicant including units of government and Institutions of Higher Education (IHE). 


  • Duke Internal Deadline:  Interested applicants at Duke should contact Paul Noe (paul.noe@duke.edu) as early as possible.
  • Sponsor Deadline: Sep. 16, 2020
Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with CFDA 66.716 – Research, Development, Monitoring, Public Education, Training, Demonstrations and Studies, and the EPA’s Assistance Agreement Competition Policy (EPA Order 5700.5A1), applications will be accepted from states; U.S. territories or possessions; federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American organizations; public and private universities and colleges; hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions; local governments; and international entities. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Amount Description

The total estimated amount available for award under this announcement is up to $6,000,000, depending on availability of funds. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated $1,200,000 in fiscal year 2021. At the conclusion of the first-year period of performance, incremental funding of an estimated $1,200,000 may be made available for each additional year allowing the project to continue for a total of five (5) years depending on Agency priorities, available funding levels, satisfactory performance of the recipient, and other applicable considerations. EPA reserves the right to reject all applications and make no awards.

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