Collaborative Research and Integrated Assessment Grants

The Science Collaborative supports end user driven collaborative research projects and integrated assessments that adopt a collaborative approach to design and implementation to meet a National Estuarine Research Reserve management need. For more information on the current management needs of individual reserves, see the 2018 Reserve Management Needs.

Collaborative Research - Generating science that informs decisions

Collaborative research grants provide an opportunity to conduct new research, investigate, and characterize a natural resource problem, and inform management. Collaborative research projects can use social and/or natural science research approaches. Research projects must address an identified management need for one or several reserves that are participating in the project.

Collaborative research proposals must identify an intended user that plans to use and apply project results in a way that could improve coastal management. Projects must include opportunities for intended users to influence the research design and implementation so that the research process and results meet their needs.

For more information, see Collaboration Resources.

Integrated Assessment – Evaluating options for action

Integrated assessment (IA) offers an effective way to frame and inform decisions for sustainability problems that lack consensus on the cause or solution. This approach is most relevant for situations where considerable information exists but it has not yet been integrated and synthesized in ways that are useful to end users, e.g. decision or policy makers, in their evaluation of management or policy options. These grants are intended to support a robust stakeholder engagement process and an iterative analysis of existing data, rather than new field work or experimentation.

IAs focus on a particular management or policy question of concern related to a reserve management need and aim to clarify the issue, build consensus, and help evaluate options for action, such as different strategies for natural resource management, permitting, or land use planning. Projects are typically guided by an advisory group that includes end users (individuals with authority to implement identified options) and representative stakeholders that have unique or competing views on the issue.

For more information on the IA approach, see Integrated Assessment Resources.

To learn about collaborative research projects and integrated assessments supported by the Science Collaborative, visit the projects page.