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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy research within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is issuing this Request for Proposals for two research projects focusing on the Spotted Lanternfly. Grant awards are made by the Center’s Board of Directors.


The Center’s enabling legislation allows the Center to award grants to qualified faculty members of Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, and the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. A qualified faculty member must serve as the project director. Partnerships with other academic institutions, community organizations, and public and private agencies are encouraged.

All proposals for the 2018 Spotted Lanternfly Research must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018. Project work plans should begin May 1, 2018.

1. The Economic Impact of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania
Timeframe: One-year maximum
Maximum funding amount: $50,000
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) was detected in Berks County in the fall of 2014; the pest had never before been found in North America. This pest has potential to severely damage Pennsylvania's natural areas as well as agricultural commodities such as hardwoods, grapes, apples, hops, and others. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has established an eradication program that includes quarantine and control activities. Despite these actions, the pest’s range has continued to expand, and 13 southeastern counties are under the quarantine. SLF damage takes many forms, from direct damage to plants in forests, fields, and gardens to business expenses to prevent contamination of goods.
Data must be collected and analyzed to document the current and potential economic damage of SLF so that government or private funding may be accessed to support work to slow or reverse the spread of this pest in Pennsylvania. This research would provide an estimate of the potential economic impact of SLF in Pennsylvania and identify the level of funding necessary to address this invader. 

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2. Inventory of Government Invasive Species Response Efforts and Funding Resources that may be Applicable to Pennsylvania
Timeframe: Nine months maximum
Maximum funding level: $15,000
Invasive plant, animal, and microbial species can have serious long-term effects on the health of people, animals, and plants, and on the ecology and economy of Pennsylvania. Systems are needed to detect and evaluate the potential impacts of invasive species and to develop a rapid response to high-risk invaders. Stable funding to support these efforts must be found.

This research will gather and analyze information on response efforts and funding strategies used by other states or countries for invasive species detection, prevention and control that could be applicable to Pennsylvania.

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The following general guidelines apply to all grant proposals.

For more information about this Request for Proposals, contact Mary Kandray Gelenser, Program Manager for Grants, at (717) 787-9555 or

Proposal Format

The following items provide the required proposal framework.