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 seeks to fund climate adaptation science that directly supports natural and cultural resource managers. However, only the following may respond to an RFP or funding call as lead Principal Investigator:
- 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
- Employees of USGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.
However, other partners – such as federal, state, or tribal agencies or non-profits are encouraged to establish working partnerships with one of the eligible groups listed above to seek participation in a funded project.
The NC CASC uses three methods to identify and fund projects:
- Request for Proposals. RFPs generally call for initial Statements of Interest (SOI) with NC CASC requesting full proposals from selected investigators. Roughly 1-in-3 full proposal submissions are funded. NC CASC RFPs are coordinated to the maximum extent possible with other CASCs and the National CASC (NCASC).
- Directed Projects. The NC CASC may also collaboratively develop “directed” projects with Consortium or USGS scientists depending on needs identified by cultural and natural resource managers and as opportunities arise.
- Host Agreement. The NC CASC is a joint enterprise between the USGS, a university host, and a consortium of other partners. The USGS re-competes the hosting agreement, including the consortium partnership, approximately every 5 years. The hosting agreement includes funding for consortium-directed climate adaptation research.
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.