Opportunities

Requests for Proposal

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Wildland Fire Support at Kirtland AFB Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by the US Air Force, which provides professional and technical support for its Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) in order to facilitate successful implementation of the 16 USC 670c-1 Sikes Act. Approximately $705,000 is expected to be available to support this project. Additional funding may be available for additional tasks and/or follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee.  Review of Statements of Interest will begin February 28, 2019. 

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 7: USCRP Data Portal and Analytics Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to provide researchers the opportunity to develop a USCRP coastal data portal, which provides a common platform for linking and overlaying existing spatial and temporal data for use by the coastal community as well as a common platform for processing newly-collected data for field data collected as part of the USCRP. Researchers will then develop and adopt methodologies to utilize existing data together with USCRP data to conduct data analytics documenting benefits and impacts of USCRP research to coastal communities. Data analytics may be utilized to characterize such things as existing and future coastal community hazards and vulnerability and assess the present and future state of coastal ecosystem vulnerability. The proposers may explore methods for combining nationally-available datasets from federal agencies with state and local information in researching data analytic methodologies. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $300,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded.   Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days.  Posted 2/7/2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 3: Understanding the Cross-Roads of Human and Ecosystem Health Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is seek researchers interested in performing applied research to advance understanding of the interaction of human and ecosystem health. Researchers will analyze data (and collect additional data if needed) to characterize and quantify the magnitude of the physical, biological and chemical processes impacting human and ecosystem health and their relationship to each other. Researchers will communicate findings, guidance, and lessons learned on the interaction of human and ecosystem health to inform coastal communities on best practices for community planning. Proposed research may consider a range of timescales ranging from storms, to seasonal, to long-term decadal interactions of human and ecosystems. This research topic was identified as one of three primary needs by the Nearshore Processes Community and championed by the US Coastal Research Program. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $250,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days.  Posted 2/7/2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 5: Nearshore Sediment Transport and Sediment Budgets over Decadal Scales Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to quantify the connection, feedback mechanisms, and the longer term processes of nearshore shoal migration and available sediment sources. Proposals will focus on identifying and understanding both natural processes and potential dredging impacts to the geology, the nearshore, and the ecosystem, and consider present-day processes and how sea level change may evolve the nearshore sediment budget. Outcomes from this research will provide practical information that can inform long-term sediment management strategies being considered by coastal communities and federal agencies. This research topic was identified as a research need by the Nearshore Processes Community and championed by the US Coastal Research Program. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $400,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 2/5/2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 6: Long-term Implications of Coastal Restoration Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army Engineer (USACE) Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to seek researchers interested in developing methods for creating sustainable systems of coastal restoration that will reduce the long-term costs of projects, both in terms of use, and operation and maintenance. Beyond the coastal restoration project (green or gray infrastructure) itself, researchers will also describe and quantify the effect of coastal restoration on reducing coastal impacts to the local community. The intent of this effort is to further compel communities to consider actions to assess the implications of coastal restoration projects on coastal communities. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $250,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/31/2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 12: Quantitative Model for Optimizing Coastal Community Systems Performance Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to seek researchers interested in developing a quantitative systems model that incorporates community perspectives, data, and future environmental and coastal infrastructure conditions so that potential future alternatives can be tested and optimized for coastal communities. The systems model developed from this research should facilitate community input to and examination of alternatives, given anticipated changes in community values and priorities, physical infrastructure, and coastal forcing over years to multiple decades. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $500,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Multiple awards may be funded.  Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/31/2019

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 11: Coastal Adaptation Pathways for Barrier Island Communities Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is seek researchers interested in developing recommended approaches (such as numerical modeling, historical data analysis, and/or field data collection) in order to develop community-informed, scientifically-based alternatives for adaptation for barrier island communities at risk from hurricane damage and future sea level change. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $350,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded.  Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/31/2019

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 10: Applied Storm & Recovery Studies as part of the During Nearshore Event Experiment (DUNEX) Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent is to provide researchers the opportunity to design and conduct field studies on nearshore processes before, during and after a storm event, including a During Nearshore event eXperiment (DUNeX) pilot study and full experiment. DUNeX is one of the collaborative efforts of the US Coastal Research Program (USCRP) to have a multi-agency, academic, and non-governmental organization study nearshore coastal processes during one or more coastal storms. DUNeX will be conducted in the vicinity of the USACE Field Research Facility (FRF) along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, beginning with a pilot study, followed by a larger-scale focused storm measurement study. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of
$50,000 to $500,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/31/2019

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 9: Develop Community Resilience Guidance for Recovery & Mitigation and Adaptation  Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army Engineer (USACE) Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to seek researchers interested in performing applied research to determine how nearshore communities can develop guidance to utilize best practices for recovery, long-term adaptive management and risk mitigation to recover faster from coastal impacts and adapt more readily to future events. Products from this effort will provide decision-support Guidance for Recovery & Mitigation and Adaptation for use by coastal communities to improve short- and long-term adaptation, and consider tipping points in the decision-making processes. The goal is to compel communities to consider actions to develop community resilient guidance for recovery, mitigation and adaption. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to
$250,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/31/2019

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 8: Quantifying and Communicating Numerical Model Uncertainty  Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to seek researchers interested in performing applied research to identify, quantify, and potentially reduce uncertainty in numerical model predictions. Proposers will identify numerical model uncertainty and determine methods for improving the representation of physical processes in the model in order to reduce model error. Quantification of uncertainty in numerical model predictions will cover time periods from single storm events to seasonal, annual, and longer time periods. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $500,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/31/2019

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: ITAM Support Yuma Proving Ground  Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by Yuma Proving Ground which provides professional and technical support for its Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) program in order to facilitate successful implementation of Sustainable Range elements and Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance elements. Approximately $125,000.00 is expected to be available to support this project. Additional funding may be available for follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee. RSOI will start being reviewed on 13 Feb 2019.  

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 2: Coastal Structure Design and Rehabilitation incorporating Stochastic Risk and Uncertainty Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is seek researchers interested in performing applied research to develop and implement stochastic methods into the design and rehabilitation of coastal structures with emphasis on the risk and uncertainty in coastal forcing and structural stability. In applying their research findings to develop and implement stochastic methods into coastal structural design, the researcher should examine and quantify aspects of coastal structure performance, such as 1) structural capacity, that is, can the structure sustain significant damage and still perform reasonably well, 2) the transition from minor damage to catastrophic structural failure, which can be gradual or abrupt and 3) the risk in not repairing a minimally-damaged structure because the cost differential between repairing one with minor damage and waiting until it is a catastrophically-damaged structure can often be orders of magnitude. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $400,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/29/2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Evaluating the Distribution and Geotechnical Properties of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Sand Resources and Coupled Environmental Response to Dredging Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to seek proposals that will examine the geologic framework of the OCS to establish the distribution and character of beach quality sands; evaluate sediment dynamics on the OCS as a result of normal, storm conditions, or dredging disturbances; evaluate the long-term impact of beach nourishment projects on the ecosystem, including bird and sea turtle populations and nesting behavior; and /or other topics related to OCS sand resource management. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $200,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded.  Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/29/2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: USCRP Research Topic 1: Identify and Communicate Coastal Impacts Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to describe and quantify the risk communities face from coastal impacts and how best to communicate those risks to a broader audience. The intent of the communication effort is to compel communities to consider actions to reduce risk from coastal impacts. Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $250,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 1/29/2019.

Rocky Mountain National Park - 2019 Call for Park-Funded Research Proposals The Continental Divide Research Learning Center (CDRLC) is issuing a request for proposals in three categories including research, technical assistance, and education projects.  These projects should aim to promote the informed decision making and adaptive management of Rocky Mountain National Park or the education of staff to promote professional development and growth. Due: January 21, 2019

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Natural Resources Support MGT-Species Nellis Air Force Base Nevada The overall purpose of this task is to continue to document reptile and amphibian populations and seasonal habitat use on the NTTR, Nellis AFB, and Creech AFB, and provide best management practices to sustain military air training operations and readiness. The project’s product will be the continuation of mapping and updating NTTR/Nellis AFB/Creech AFB reptile and amphibian populations, habitat use, and seasonal distribution. GIS data such as species occurrence, seasonal habitat use, and estimated population densities will be collected and entered into the Natural Resources GIS data base.  Estimated funding: $594,315. Review of Statements of Interest will begin January 15, 2019.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Natural Resources Support Nellis Air Force Base Nevada. Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit The overall purpose of this project is to continue to map, photograph, survey, and determine water quality and volume of each seep/spring survey on the NTTR, and provide best management practices to sustain military air training operations and readiness through ecosystem management. The project’s product will be the continuation of mapping seeps and spring locations, water quality, and condition. GIS data such as spring or seep designation, location, surrounding vegetation and wildlife use will be collected and entered into the Natural Resources GIS data base. Estimated funding: $616,500. Review of Statements of Interest will begin January 7, 2019.

Student Opportunities: Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships

The Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) Program at Colorado State University (CSU) is an 18-month innovative Master’s degree which prepares leaders to address conservation issues around the globe. The program is built around principles of experiential learning, inter-disciplinary instruction, and applied approaches. Our students work closely with a network of practitioners and organizations throughout the program. CLTL is a great option for individuals seeking to make a difference in the lives and ecosystems of our planet. Application for Fall 2018 open until March 1, 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park are requesting proposals for the Bailey Research Fellowship.  This is an opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park. Job Description: This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archaeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology. The graduate student awarded the Research Fellowship will work with Rocky Mountain National Park staff for a period of three to four months. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal and the chosen fellow will be expected to convey research finding to the general public as well as to professional audiences. Wage/Salary: Housing plus a $8,000 honorarium and a $3,000 support budget for incidentals. Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and research proposal to Rachel Balduzzi at rachel.balduzzi@rmconservancy.org by February 1, 2019 for consideration of this fellowship.

Glacier National Park Conservancy – Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship -2019 Call
Applications are now being accepted for the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship for work in Glacier National ParkGrant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change

  2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology

  3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 15, 2019. Application Process

Boyd Evison Student Fellowship for research in the Greater Yellowstone The Grand Teton Association offers a graduate fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting the almost intangible and disappearing aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and other public or private lands. Emphasis areas are lesser-known ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic or other processes; plants, insects, reptiles, or amphibians, fungi; natural soundscapes; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources and their use or management. Graduate students pursuing either a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals on the application form by January 25, 2019. Evison Fellowship Call and Application Form

Training and Course Opportunities

Wilderness Management Distance Education Course at the University of Montana - PTRM 407/562, Managing the Wilderness Resource This course examines recreation management in a wilderness setting.  Students will examine and discuss wilderness management strategies to address visitor use, visitor experiences, measuring and monitoring biophysical and social impacts, communicating effective wilderness education, interpretation, information, and conceptual approaches to communication, search and rescue protocol, and law enforcement. 

Managing Recreation Resources deals with the human dimension of wilderness by focusing on managing wilderness for visitor use and enjoyment, and by representing ways to solve problems associated with visitors' expectations and their impacts. Registration Deadline: January 23, 2019; Course Dates:  January 28, 2019 – May 17, 2019