Promoting the use of science
Science transfer grants provide opportunities for sharing information and techniques within and beyond the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Projects leverage existing research and identify new opportunities to put science to work for the benefit of coastal communities and ecosystems. Examples of science transfer activities include summarizing monitoring data for a new application, developing new K-12 curriculum or teacher workshops, or applying a successful climate planning technique in a new region.
Science transfer grants can be used to foster collaboration and a transfer of knowledge within a reserve, across reserves, or between reserves and key partners, such as land use planners, K-12 teachers, or state agency personnel. Projects must be directly related to at least one reserve and at least one Science Collaborative focus area. In addition, the project design should include meaningful opportunities for collaboration and feedback from all participants and intended users. Science transfer funding is not intended to support research activities and/or new data collection, except for the purpose of a needs assessment or evaluation. To learn more about recent projects browse the project catalog: Science Transfer Projects
Science Transfer proposals were due on April 8 2020, but the 2020 RFP and application materials are still available here to assist with the development of future project ideas. The NERRS Science Collaborative plans to release another call for Science Transfer proposals in the fall of 2020.
References for the RFP that was released in January 2020
- 2020 Request for Science Transfer Proposals
- Timeline template (Excel)
- Budget template (Excel) - Updated on March 12, 2020
- RFP Q&A Record (PDF), last updated March 19, 2020
- 2020 Science Transfer RFP Q&A Webinar – View Recording (YouTube) and Slide Deck (PDF)
Additional Proposal Development Resources
- Characterizing end users – A tool for collaborative projects (Word)
- Reflections on engaging end users – A tool with key considerations for engaging end users (Word)
- Additional resources for developing collaborative science proposals can be found here: Applicant Resources
Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to:
Phone: Maeghan Brass (734-763-0727), Lynn Vaccaro (734-763-0056)