Research Grants Program
From 2001 to 2007, CISM offered a unique small-grants program to provide research funding for the collection and analysis of ecological data to better understand the prevention, introduction, spread, management, and ecology of invasive plants. The program offered grants in three categories: Seed Money; Improving Invasive Plant Management Decision Making; and Information Synthesis and Assessment.
Specific objectives of the program were to:
- Support projects that provide a foundation for new approaches to invasive plant management
- Document the impacts of invasive plant species on ecosystem function
- Develop and test new decision-making tools
- Synthesize and communicate research results to improve on-the-ground land management.
Seed Money was the most popular category . Feedback consistently cited it as a unique and exceptional opportunity to initiate research in innovative directions and assist beginning researchers with developing their programs. These grants were successfully used as springboards for more intensive follow-up research and were instrumental in securing long-term funding for several invasive plant management projects in the western US. Between 2001 and 2007, the CISM awarded 76 research grants totaling more than $650,000 to scientists in 22 states.
CISM Research Grant Awards
CWMA Grants Program
CISM no longer offers a CWMA grants program; however, we hope that it will resume in the future.
From 2002 to 2006, the CISM offered a competitive grants program to Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) across the western US. A total of 98 projects were funded through the grants, which helped support management, mapping, education, and community outreach efforts by CWMAs.