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
Open Funding Opportunity
The NERRS Science Collaborative is soliciting proposals for up to two-year science transfer grants, with awards up to $100,000. Proposals are due by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Note to Applicants (3/19/2020):
- The proposal submission deadline has been extended by two weeks (from March 25 to April 8) to make it easier for applicants to finalize and submit their proposals amidst all the disruptions created by COVID-19. This extension is now reflected in the RFP.
- Project partners and end users are likely distracted and under strain right now. We encourage applicants to limit the number of letters of support and include just one or a couple letters from primary end users, which is all that is required.
Download the RFP: 2020 Request for Science Transfer Proposals
References and Templates for Proposals
Questions about RFP
- 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)