Extension Collaboration Grants
Extension Collaboration Grants fund partnerships between University of Illinois Extension personnel and investigators at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for projects that will use campus-based research to enhance the quality of life of people in communities across Illinois. Project themes may vary widely – from improving school nutrition programs to helping farmers manage nitrogen application – but all focus on research with practical applications for Illinois residents. Each winning team receives up to $60,000 that can be spent over two years to enact their projects.
The grant program was initiated in 2018 within Extension and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, under the name Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Extension. Of 22 total proposals submitted for review, seven were selected for funding, described below. All departmental affiliations are in the College of ACES unless noted otherwise.
2018 Grant Recipients
- An interdisciplinary collaboration to improve child diet quality and reduce wasted food in school nutrition programs (Principal Investigator: Melissa Pflugh Prescott, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition)
- Chicago Safe Soils Initiative: Developing and disseminating tools to identify and mitigate soil heavy metal risks to urban stakeholders (Principal Investigators: Andrew Margenot, Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences; Zack Grant, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator)
- Pest and beneficial insects in Illinois cover crops (Principal Investigators: Nicholas Seiter, Research Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences; Duane Friend, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Extension Educator; Nathan Johanning, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator; Ken Johnson, Horticulture Extension Educator)
- Illinois Extension and the Data-intensive Farm Management Revolution: A tool to help farmers turn on-farm experiments into profitable decisions (Principal Investigator: N. Dennis Bowman, Commercial Agriculture Extension Educator; Co-Principal Investigators: David Bullock, Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Nicolas Martin, Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences)
- Rainbow Extension 3.0: Building supportive communities through Extension programming (Co-Principal Investigators: Ramona Faith Oswald, Professor and Interim Head, Human Development and Family Studies; Anne Silvis, Extension Program Leader, Community and Economic Development)
- Reducing the impacts of phytophthora root rot and stem blight through outreach and the development of molecular-based management tools (Principal Investigator: Nathan Kleczewski, Research Assistant Professor and Extension Pathologist, Crop Sciences;vCo-Principal Investigator: Santiago Mideros-Mora; Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences)
- Targeting natural lawn care communications to homeowners in Illinois (Principal Investigator: Sarah Zack, Pollution Prevention Extension Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant; Co-Principal Investigator: Lulu Rodriguez, Agricultural Communications Program Director)