Application Guidelines


FY21 HISC Applications are closed



    1. Deadlines: The deadline for FY21 applications is closed. Late submissions may or may not be accepted, at the discretion of HISC staff.
    2. Eligibility: This is an intragovernmental budgeting process, not a request for bids from private contractors. Eligible entities include state and county agencies, including the UH system, and federal agencies partnering with state agencies on issues relevant to Hawaiʻi. Public universities in other US states are also eligible if working on issues of concern to Hawaiʻi. While private contractors are not directly eligible for HISC funds, applicants can request funds for contractual services as part of their proposed budget. If funds are awarded, it will be the responsibility of the applicant to then establish a request for bids and follow appropriate procurement rules. 
    3. Relationship to regular departmental funding: Proposed projects should be for novel research or interagency collaborations, not for regular departmental functions. Projects specific to a single agency/sector or providing funds for civil service salaries are generally not eligible and should be instead submitted as part of that agency’s biennium budget request to the Legislature. 
    4. Available Funding (PLEASE READ): Prior to the fiscal impacts of COVID-19 the total amount of funding available to the HISC in FY21 was anticipated at $5,750,000. As in every fiscal year, this amount may be reduced by any amendments made to the appropriation amount by the State Legislature, expenditure restrictions from the Department of Budget and Finance, overhead fees assessed by DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife as the administrative host of the HISC, and the cost of the HISC support staff program. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the amount available for interagency project funds addressed by this Call for Proposals could be significantly less than the originally anticipated amount. These project areas remain eligible for additional funding beyond the minimum amounts below:
      • Invasive Species Committees, statewide ($500,000)
      • Maui Little Fire Ant Response ($61,200)
      • Maui Coqui Frog Containment (FY20: $83,000; FY21: $63,000)
      • Biocontrol of invasive plant targets (FY20: $255,800; FY21: $275,800)
      • Landscape-scale mosquito control technology ($100,000)
    5. Online application components: Note that you can save your work on your proposal and return to it later before submitting. Each time you save your application you will be given a new link to return to your work later on. You will need to copy this link each time you leave Formstack prior to submissionUploaded documents (e.g., associated strategic plans), however, do not save in your application file when you leave Formstack and should only be uploaded just before your final submission. The online form is comprised of the following sections:
      • Project Information
      • Project Narrative
      • Applicability to HISC FY20 Funding Priorities
      • Project Reporting & Outcomes
      • Project Budget
    6. Multiple applications: A single entity may submit multiple funding applications. Applicants working in multiple project areas are encouraged to submit separate applications where possible rather than combined proposals, as this allows the applicant to more accurately describe the relevancy of each project to HISC FY20 funding priorities.
    7. Applicant Type (“Projects” vs “Programs”): In the past it has been difficult to weigh the value of small, one-time projects against large, multi-faceted programs that apply for funding each year. To address this, evaluators will consider these two types of applications separately during the scoring process, comparing small projects with other small projects and large programs with other large programs. 

HISC FY21 Funding Priorities

FY21 funding priorities are based on the HISC & CGAPS 2025 Joint Strategy in support of the Hawaiʻi Interagency Biosecurity Plan. The funding priorities reflect the major gaps in invasive species work in Hawaiʻi identified by the larger partner network during the development of the HISC/CGAPS 2025 Strategy. HISC staff worked to ensure the FY20 priorities are still reflected in these updated priorities and asked the Working Group chairs for input. We hope these new funding priorities will provide clarity and a renewed focus on Hawaii’s most pressing invasive species issues. The lefthand column below describes 6 priorities, while the righthand column provides examples of projects that would meet these priorities and are related to specific action items found in HISC/CGAPS 2025 Joint Strategy and the Hawaiʻi Interagency Biosecurity Plan. The project examples below are not exclusive: an applicant can propose any activity for HISC funding. However, consideration of suggested project examples is strongly encouraged. 

During the application process, applicants will note which priorities are relevant to their proposed project.

FY21 Funding Priority

Suggested Project Examples

1) Prevention & Early Detection/Rapid Response for New Terrestrial Invasions – to keep top terrestrial invasive threats from arriving and establishing in the state

a. Develop taxa-specific early detection and rapid response strategies that can be implemented immediately in response to an emergency involving multiple agencies.

b. Conduct quantitative risk analyses and risk assessments to guide management decisions in early detection, rapid response efforts.

c. Develop Best Management Practices (BMPs) for reducing introduction and movement of invasive species at critical points such as airports, harbors, highways and procurement contracts.

d. Strengthen early detection and rapid response capacity on each island for regulatory agencies and partnership projects, including mobilizing species-specific teams for high-risk terrestrial incursions.

e. Conduct a legal review of the policies related to prevention and suggest amendments to improve policies

f. Identify and implement cost-effective tools, technologies, and strategies that improve early detection and rapid response at ports of entry.

2) Inter/Intra-Island Movement of Terrestrial Invasive Species – to reduce the spread of invasive species between and across islands.

a. Develop and conduct quantitative risk analyses and risk assessments to identify and prioritize pest pathways and high-risk gaps for movement of terrestrial invasive species within Hawaiʻi.

b. Identify and implement cost-effective tools, technologies, and methods that improve management of interisland ports of entry.

c.  Utilize interagency partnerships to efficiently conduct early detection surveys on private and public lands and provide rapid response where necessary.

d. Creation and adoption of BMPs to control invasive species that state government agencies, counties, industry and private individuals can follow or require for actions on their lands.

e. Conduct a legal review of the policies related to inter/intra island and suggest amendments to improve policies.

3) Aquatic Biosecurity – to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

a. Supplement DAR’s ballast water and hull fouling projects that provide reporting, compliance, and data management that can be used to conduct risk analyses.

b. Develop aquatic rapid response plans to address high-risk vessels.

c. Identify and implement tools, technologies and methods that improve detection and/or management of priority aquatic invasive species and pathways.

d. Increase awareness for key stakeholders of their role and opportunities to help address aquatic invasive species introductions and spread.

e. Develop a list of high-risk aquatic species and prohibit their introduction to Hawaiʻi through petitioning HDOA for prohibited species.

4) Large-Scale Control of High-Impact Invasive Species – to expand management of widespread, high-impact species (e.g. mosquitoes, rats, marine algae).

a. Evaluate and implement technologies for landscape-scale control of mosquitoes, with a particular focus on developing an Incompatible Insect Technique for Culex spp and Aedes spp.

b. Utilize partnerships to effectively control and eradicate established invasive plants, animals, and microorganisms on private and public lands.

c. Research and identify tools, technologies, and methods that are proven effective (or have potential) for large-scale control or eradication.

d. Develop and implement a model community engagement plan for large scale control or eradication projects.

e. Research on traps and/or toxicants to control invasive species.

5) Pacific Regional Biocontrol (Capacity) – to increase biocontrol work and critical infrastructure in Hawaiʻi.

a. Advance development of biocontrol agents currently being evaluated for release in Hawaiʻi, including biocontrols for melastome spp, albizia, christmasberry, and Himalyan ginger.

b. Conduct host range testing for biocontrol agents that have been proven effective elsewhere to evaluate potential use in Hawaiʻi.

c. Build and maintain public support for 21st century biocontrol practices.

d. Raise support for pacific regional biocontrol capacity.

6) Engaged & Supportive Community – to maintain strong community support and mobilize action on these 2025 Joint Strategies.

a. Development and dissemination of educational products (e.g. videos, brochures, posters, etc…) to communities, decision-makers, and allies.

b. Coordinate statewide and regional strategies and messages across lead agencies and partners.

c. Increase knowledge of the use social science and raise capacity for the effective use of social science and social marketing.

d. Engage educational partners and the medical community to increase public awareness about human health risks associated with invasive species and available mitigating actions, with a particular focus on mosquito-borne illness, rat lungworm disease, and toxoplasmosis.

e. Increase adoption of specific biosecurity behaviors at ports of entry (e.g. airports).

f. Provide assistance to community volunteer groups working to control invasive species.