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The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) provides funding and technical support for actionable science that directly supports climate adaptation planning for natural and cultural resource management.
The NC CASC provides monetary support as available to achieve our Strategic Science priorities concerning climate-informed natural or cultural resource management, with a focus on fish, wildlife, and their habitats.
Eligibility for Funding
The NC CASC funds research that directly supports climate-informed natural and cultural resource management. The NC CASC funds proposals with lead Principle Research Investigators from an eligible organization:
- Members of the NC CASC University Consortium: University of Colorado (CU), Conservation Science Partners (CSP), Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance (GPTWA), South Dakota State University (SDSU), University of Montana (UM), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and
- USGS Science Centers and other USGS entities (field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.)
Overall Funding Priorities
As addressed in the NC CASC Strategic Science Plan, the following are core principles for funding:
Targeted, Actionable Science. To ensure that science outputs are useful and actionable, funded projects should have an identified endpoint – a decision, plan, or other concrete use or user that is ready and willing to apply the science. Actionable science is best achieved through proactive identification of the science end users (e.g., “stakeholders”) and how they may best be engaged in the project.
High Priority Issues. The NC CASC seeks to address issues of consequence to society and with the potential for significant economic, social, or ecological consequences.
Broadly Applicable. The NC CASC seeks to provide well-tailored science that meets managers’ needs. However, resources are not available, nor would it be timely, to conduct intensive science efforts for every location / species / decision. We value scientific projects that result in scalable and more-generally applicable lessons. Engagement with resource management agency planning processes can provide a mechanism for scaling up the use of new science.
Early-Career Researchers. The NC CASC encourages research proposals from teams that support early-career researchers.
For more information, contact Aparna Bamzai-Dodson or Alisa Wade.