OSP FO# 11-045

AGENCY: Department of the Interior (DOI)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

PROGRAM: DOI Regional Climate Science Centers

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to establish a network of geographically dispersed DOI Climate Science Centers (CSC). USGS, through the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), will provide executive management, administrative support, and scientific staffing at CSCs, which will be based at organizations that have suitable facilities, partnerships, and science capabilities, and may involve multiple active collaborators. CSCs will include USGS employees and staff from other federal and state organizations, and will work in close partnership with the climate change science and land, water, fish and wildlife, ocean, coastal and cultural heritage resource management communities.

The primary functions of CSCs will be to:

a.  Define regional science priorities related to adaptation of natural and cultural resources to climate change, through ongoing interactions with management and scientific institutions and individuals within the region.

b.  Work with global, regional and local projections of climate change and variability to create derivative models and decision tools that link physical forcing factors with biological, physical, ecological and cultural resource response variables.

c.  Translate, integrate, aggregate, and synthesize existing or new foundational work in order to meet key information needs of natural resource managers.

d.  Develop response models and projections for priority ecosystems, species, habitats, and other natural and cultural resources within the region.

e.  Help partners define specific natural, physical, and cultural resource outcomes and endpoints for their adaptation activities, which can then be used to refine subsequent models and outputs.

f.  Facilitate and fund research, modeling, and tool development that supplies timely, regional-level information on the effects of climate change on land, water, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources.

g.  Actively seek input and involvement from the CSC user community in scoping, designing, and conducting the CSCs scientific activities result in maximum applicability and public benefit.

h.  Foster and educate the “next generation” of climate science professionals by supporting graduate students or post-doctoral researchers at each Center.

i.  Provide high quality information management tools and capabilities, including supporting data management best practices and providing computing capacity and infrastructure for the Center’s research activities.

For more information on the overall geographic scope of each CSC, and the potential benefits of hosting a CSC, please consult the program announcement below. To accommodate inquiries from applicants about this program and the proposal review, evaluation, and selection process, a two-hour information session is scheduled for the Northeast on March 18, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Interested applicants should email Michelle Alexander (malexand@usgs.gov), NCCWSC Administrative Assistant, to receive call-in/web address information.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: DOI/USGS anticipate providing up to $2.4 million to support three regional Climate Science Centers in FY 2012. Each Climate Science Center award will be for one base year and up to four renewal years (contingent upon the availability of funds, satisfactory performance, and satisfactory submission of required reporting). Each Climate Science Center award can receive a maximum of $4 million total.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Robin O’Malley
Project Officer
National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
Telephone: (703) 648-4086
Email: romalley@usgs.gov
Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=SpWjN23LXbNF07FnYSGpnb2TBnyTD931b5Z7H1Bky5V91G4QMnkw!991319205?oppId=73313&mode=VIEW

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (Program Announcement# G11AS20014, CFDA# 15.820) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.