Mosquito control is science-based. Mosquito control professionals use observation of mosquito populations, evaluation of novel control technology and predictive modeling to determine the best way to manage mosquito populations and prevent pathogen transmission. Mosquito control has benefited from a long history of research within mosquito abatement agencies, at public and private universities, and at other qualified research institutions examining how to improve mosquito control to provide a better quality of life for the public.
In 2015, the American Mosquito Control Association was approached to begin administering the Mosquito Research Foundation. Re-named the AMCA Research Fund, the new program seeks to fund research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control, ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites. Priority research areas include:
- Mosquito behavior and ecology
- Arbovirus transmission
- Chronic and/or acute impact of pesticides on target and non-target organisms
- Novel methods of domestic and/or urban mosquito surveillance and control
- Novel methods of arbovirus surveillance, control, and risk prediction
- Adulticides and/or larvicides: new products research
- Pesticide efficacy and/or resistance
REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
THE DEADLINE FOR 2023 PRE-PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2021.
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The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Research Fund invites new pre-proposals for research on mosquito control and related topics for funding for calendar year 2023.
AMCA® is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes.
The AMCA Research Fund is devoted to funding research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control and ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites.
Highlight partnerships – especially with districts and large groups to make this work.
- Characterize the attributes of communities (e.g., socioeconomic, education level, geographic, age, other) that support mosquito control
- Analyze gaps in vector control educational resources – similar to CDC Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/104251
- Evaluate the most effective communication techniques about mosquito control and disease prevention that lead to behavioral by communities
- Examine the synergy of community education in conjunction with chemical, biological, and/or physical control methods
- Identification of effective ways to communicate risk to community members and non-scientists
- Developing public facing data/hazard graphics and studying their impacts on public perception (how effective are the new tools that we have; what gaps are still present)
- Assessing strategies to limit chemophobia in a community/population
More specifically, AMCARF priority areas for this funding cycle include but are not limited to projects investigating:
New Communication Tools – Identification/development of new communication tools/techniques/graphics/media that more actively engage non-scientists and community members in the fight against public-health vector disease (projects must have a significant research component evaluating the efficacy of these tools or culminating in their development, preferably for multiple communities)
Understanding Risk Perception – projects focused on how communities perceive risk and identifying parameters that lead to more accurate appreciation of the benefit of mosquito control approaches and the risk of mosquito-transmitted pathogens
Synergism by Public Education – research related to evaluating the combined effects of traditional mosquito control approaches and community-wide education programs on reducing mosquitoes/mosquito-borne disease in a given area
Limiting Misinformation – with misinformation regarding pesticides on the rise on social media and other fora, particular focus will be placed on projects attempting to understand the spread of chemophobia and limiting its harmful effects
For more details, see the website: https://www.mosquito.org/page/researchfund