The interagency Joint Fire Science Program intends to request proposals through three formal funding opportunities this fall, beginning tentatively Sept. 8, 2017. The Joint Fire Science Program recently issued a notice to alert investigators for those interested in the potential funding opportunity topics.
The primary funding opportunity will likely seek proposals for projects related to:
- Ecological effects of fuel treatments and wildfire management at landscape scales
- Fuel treatment longevity
- Relationships between prescribed fire and wildfire regimes
- Effectiveness of fuel breaks and fuel break systems
- Sources and distribution of ignitions and their relation to wildfire impacts
- Socio-political factors that influence the costs associated with wildfire
Additionally, the Joint Fire Science Program in partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology intends to continue the Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) program for current masters and doctoral students in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological and social sciences. Proposals must describe new, unfunded work that extends ongoing or planned research that is the subject of a thesis or dissertation approved by the graduate student’s advisory committee. Both the primary funding opportunity and GRIN proposals are expected to close Nov. 16, 2017.
Finally, Joint Fire Science Program anticipates launching a request for proposals for data collection, archiving and initial model evaluation for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment. The experiment is a large-scale, interagency effort to 1) identify the critical measurements necessary to improve operational wildland fire and smoke prediction systems, 2) collect observations through coordinated field campaigns and 3) use these measures and observations to advance science and modeling capabilities and utility to end users. Joint Fire Science Program will likely accept related proposals through Dec. 14, 2017.