North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Seeks New Project Proposals

The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) is seeking new project proposals from June 1 to July 31, 2017. This is the first step in NAPPO’s process for identifying new projects or topics to add to its work program. This is also the initial step in the NAPPO standard-setting process for proposals that seek to develop a regional standard.

U.S. stakeholders are invited to work with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) to submit new project proposals. Proposals may focus on the development or revision of regional standards, workshops (e.g. to improve the implementation of standards), technical and scientific documents, surveillance protocols, or other projects to develop similar and consistent approaches for plant health measures. For your reference, the NAPPO Secretariat has posted on its Web site a list of current projects and topics. They have also posted a list of regional standards that need updating.

The new project proposal form and instructions on how to submit proposals can be found here. U.S. stakeholders must first submit proposals, not including proposals derived from current NAPPO expert groups, to APHIS-PPQ. We will then compile and submit U.S. proposals to the NAPPO Secretariat when the call for proposals period closes. Please send your completed proposal form to PPQ’s NAPPO Technical Director Patricia Abad (Patricia.V.Abad@aphis.usda.gov) no later than July 15, 2017.

Proposals should address, among other things:

  • Justification and scope: Specifically, why a new or revised standard is needed; its importance to the NAPPO region; key issues to be addressed; and the nature and magnitude of the problem that would be solved.
  • Relevance to the new 5-year NAPPO Strategic Plan
  • Objectives, deliverables, tasks, timelines, resources available or needed, and funding

After the call for proposals ends, the NAPPO Secretariat and member countries will compile, evaluate, discuss, and prioritize the proposals according to the criteria listed in the new project proposal form. Projects that are identified as a priority by the NAPPO Executive Committee and agreed upon by the three member countries will eventually be placed in the NAPPO work program.

For more information on the call for projects, visit the NAPPO website. More information will also be available on the APHIS website in early June.

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