Research and Integrated Assessment Grants

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative supports end user driven collaborative research projects and integrated assessments that adopt a collaborative approach to design and implementation to meet a reserve management need. For more information on the current management needs of individual reserves, see the 2017 Reserve Management Needs.

Collaborative Research - Generating science that informs decisions
Maximum Award: $250,000 per year, for up to 2 years
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. See the RFP for more detail on how this is defined. 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 on designing projects, see: Collaboration Resources
Integrated Assessment – Evaluating options for action
Maximum Award: $250,000 total, for up to 2 years
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
2017 Call for Proposals

The 2017 call for proposals is now closed and the review process is underway. Awards will be announced at the end of the summer.

Proposal Development Resources


Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to:

Phone: Maeghan Brass (734-763-0727) or Melissa Zaksek (734-763-0034)