JFSP Funding Announcements

The Joint Fire Science Program Funding Opportunity Announcements


4 Open Funding Opportunity Announcements open through Oct 30, 2021:

22-1-01 Graduate Research Innovation 

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current master and doctoral students enrolled at colleges or universities within the US in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of a GRIN award is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work. Specific objectives related to management are to enhance student exposure to and interaction with fire and fuels managers, develop appreciation and understanding of fire and fuels managers information and research needs, and augment already planned and funded master or doctoral research to develop information and/or products useful to managers. The JFSP also is interested in understanding the science needs of decision-makers, which provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of how science can be used to inform fire-related policy. As a result, these awards are intended to enable graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation to develop information and products useful to managers and decision-makers. Only proposals that supplement student thesis or dissertations will be considered. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels, or resource management and include means to directly communicate with managers, when applicable, regarding project outcomes. Proposals must directly address management- or policy-related questions related to one or more of the following topic areas: " Fuels management and fire behavior " Changing fire environment " Emissions and air quality " Fire effects and post-fire recovery " Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire " Human dimensions of fire.


22-2-01 Social and ecological recovery of communities impacted by wildfire

Research proposals are sought that bring together interdisciplinary teams (e.g., social scientists, ecologists, hydrologists) to evaluate both social and ecological aspects (in addition to their interactions) of community recovery from wildfire and how recovery efforts advance social-ecological resilience to future wildfire events. Specific research needs include: 1. An assessment of the degree to which communities adjacent to wildlands and recovering from wildfire are incorporating actions aimed to increase social-ecological resilience to future wildfires, the effectiveness of those actions in increasing resilience, and factors that enable incorporation of such actions. 2. An assessment of the degree to which communities adjacent to wildlands and recovering from wildfire utilize resources, tools, and programs available to support fire community recovery, and the benefits and limitations of available tools, resources, and programs in the context of increasing resilience of social-ecological systems to future wildfire. 3. Incorporation of knowledge gained from the research needs above into social-ecological systems models of community recovery that can be applied to additional communities. Proposers must address the first two research needs to be considered responsive to this task statement. Addressing research #3 is optional. In addition to addressing the research needs above, JFSP is particularly interested in proposals that include innovative science outreach activities and products that describe how communities can effectively utilize available tools, resources, and programs to advance social-ecological resilience both before and after wildfire events.


22-2-02 Collaborative development of ecosystem mapping products for fire and fuels management

Using a collaborative framework, JFSP is interested in proposals for development of ecosystem mapping protocols and products that are scalable, applicable across several ecosystems and regions, directly address identified needs of end users, and include each of the following elements: - Assessment of current conditions, including the dynamic nature of conditions, at spatial and temporal scales relevant to fire and fuels management decisions at landscape to regional scales - Assessment of desired conditions, using metrics co-developed by end users and scientists, and incorporating multiple resource management objectives - Assessment of current departure from desired conditions, using metrics co-developed by end users and scientists For the purpose of this task statement, a collaborative framework includes close partnerships between scientists and end users of science throughout the life of a project. To assure that developed products have maximum utility in informing management decisions, both scientists and end users of developed products should collaborate in all project activities, including framing the scope and resolution of products, defining metrics for current and desired conditions, and evaluating end products. In the relevant sections of the project proposal (e.g., methods, roles of investigators, science exchange), investigators should clearly articulate a proposed collaborative framework that includes partnerships between key scientists and end-users throughout the life of the project. Also for the purpose of this task statement, landscape scale is defined as a mosaic of interacting ecosystems and their associated ecological processes at a spatial scale in the 1,000s to 100,000s of acres and regional scale includes multiple landscapes at the state to multi-state level. While not required element of proposals considered for funding, JFSP is also interested in proposals that include an assessment of the feasibility of and barriers to (including science gaps) incorporating mapping prototypes into updates of national mapping products.


22-3-01 Regional Science Exchange and Outreach

This solicitation is seeking individual proposals (i.e., each proposal must be specific to one region) for the following six regions of the FSEN: Southern, Southern Rockies, Southwest, Appalachians, Great Plains and North Atlantic (see map below). Proposers should submit three year budgets for this announcement. However, project funding may vary between one year and three years in fiscal year 2022 depending on available program funding. Projects funded for less than three years may be funded for additional periods up to three years total depending on program funding availability. Note: The JFSP Board has set capped funding levels for proposals responding to this FOA based on various criteria. Proposals responding for each region are capped at the following levels for each year including indirect costs: Southern ($252K), Southern Rockies ($152K), Southwest ($202K), Appalachians ($152K), Great Plains ($202K) and North Atlantic ($102K). Proposals received that request more than the capped amount will not be considered. The Program is making up to $2,000 per year of the amount stated in the previous paragraph to further integrate national and multi-regional conferences and workshops into science exchange through the FSEN exchanges. These funds are intended to facilitate exchange support of large in person or virtual (national or multi-regional) conferences, workshops, and symposia and must clearly be identified in the budget and budget narrative as conference support. Exchange proposals planning to utilize these funds must also include an activity in the program of work titled: Science exchange - national event support.

AFSC Proposal Support

The Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) has a mission to build collaboration between scientists and fire management community in Alaska.

To help the Alaska fire science community prepare excellent proposals for 2021 JFSP funding, AFSC can organize opportunities for investigators to explore their project ideas with AFSC staff and interested fire managers. Please let AFSC know if you are interested.

Contact: AFSC coordinator Alison York, ayork@alaska.edu

Letters of Support

AFSC and the AWFCG Fire Research Development and Application Committee (FRDAC) may be able to help you with letters of support. Learn more about the processes for requesting Letters of Support »