USGS - Northwest Climate Science Center Funding Opportunity

The U.S. DOI/USGS Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) has announced 2018 funding available for Principal Investigators (PIs) from the NW CSC University Consortium (University of Washington, Boise State Univ., Univ. of Montana, Washington State Univ., and Western Washington Univ.) as well as all USGS PIs. Funded projects will address the goals identified in the NW CSC Science Agenda for 2018-23, through scientific research or data synthesis on climate impacts on endangered species, regional adaptation and management, and social systems. 

Purpose: The NW CSC aims to support projects that will fulfill the goals of the NW CSC Science Agenda for 2018-23 (, which “charts the overall science direction and research opportunities for the NW CSC over the next 5 years in response to stated regional, natural, and cultural resource management priorities.” The NWCSC provides climate science and decision support tools to address conservation and management issues in the Pacific Northwest region. The NW CSC is one of eight regional CSCs that delivers science to help wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a climate change. This funding opportunity will deepen the understanding climate change impacts on the natural resources, plant and wildlife species of the region; as well as take a new focus for the Center on how climate change will in turn impact social systems. 

Eligible Uses: NW CSC is asking for proposals that are focused on novel scientific topics that address management priorities in the Agenda, and climate impacts on endangered species; projects that address the need for “State of the Science” synthesis documents on how climate impacts and environmental change will affect adaptation actions and management in the region; and projects that incorporate social science for climate adaptation. 

Potential Adaptation Uses: Science will be developed and improved on climate change exposure, impacts and adaptation of federal or state listed endangered species, or culturally-sensitive species. Existing scientific information and data on climate impacts and environmental change will be synthesized for greater effectiveness and ease of use in decision-making. Focal areas of research will support adaptation in response to drought impacts to vegetation, fish and wildlife, infrastructure, and water resources; increased stream temperature and other water quality issues; fish survival under future climate conditions; resilience of sensitive habitats (e.g., aspen stands, wetlands, sagebrush steppe) under altered precipitation, temperature, fire, and land use patterns; climate impacts on at-risk or culturally-sensitive species and habitats; the spread of invasive species and noxious weeds; increased frequency and severity of extreme events; and stream habitat quality - among other topics. 

Additionally, projects will focus on determining the social "acceptability" of future ecosystems conditions under climate change; identifying how various socio-cultural groups assign meanings and value to aquatic and terrestrial resources and differences between these communities; and will incorporate models predicting human population growth, migration, distribution, and land use change into assessments of climate change impacts on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. NW CSC also will support the development of a Social Science Agenda that can provide the blueprint for future social science research - and they intend to involve experts from a more diverse set of communities that can help suggest policy-relevant questions and recommendations.

Eligible Grantees: Each proposal must have a Principal Investigator from an eligible institution, which includes:

  • PIs affiliated to academic institutions who are current members of the NW CSC University Consortium: University of Washington, Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.
  • PIs affiliated with any USGS Mission Area, Region, Program, Center, Office, or duty station.

Parties from other organizations (Federal, State, Tribal, or other) can participate and receive funds via sub-awards from the PI, but the proposal PI must be from an eligible organization. 

Process and Requirements

  • An online registration portal is available on the USGS funding opportunity website to register and submit proposal materials.
  • 2019 grant opportunities and requirements are to be posted to this site as well.  

Three funding focal areas are defined in by the following 3 categories, or tracks:

Track I – Science for Management
Track II –
State of the Science Synthesis
Track III – A New Emphasis on Social Science for Climate Adaptation

Track I - Science for Management

Project Funding Amount: Individual project awards are not expected to exceed $150,000 per year

Project Duration: Negotiable, but not expected to exceed 24 months

Track II – State of the Science Synthesis

Project Funding Amount: Individual project awards are not expected to exceed $75,000

Project Duration: Negotiable, but generally not expected to exceed 6 months.

Track III – A New Emphasis on Social Science for Climate Adaptation

Project funding: Individual project awards are not expected to exceed $75,000

Project duration: Negotiable, but generally not expected to exceed 12 months.



Publication Date: February 5, 2018

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