Funding Opportunities

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) provides funding for research across the region that advances understanding of climate change impacts and variability on fish, wildlife, water, land and people. All of the NW CASC’s science investments are guided by our Science Agenda, which identifies management priorities and goals for our region. Each year, the NW CASC University Consortium provides funding for graduate students and postdocs to produce science in collaboration with natural resource managers and decision-makers, as well as instruction in the theory and practice of developing decision-relevant science. NW CASC funding is also available periodically through the USGS to support research projects across the region.

University Consortium-Directed Research Funding

The Research Fellowship Program is organized and managed by the University Consortium-side of the NW CASC.

2021-2022 Research Fellowship Program Request for Proposals

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) invites proposals for its 2021-2022 Research Fellowship Program from graduate students at University of Washington (UW), Boise State University (BSU), Oregon State University (OSU), University of Montana (UM), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scholars at BSU, OSU, UM, WSU, and WWU (this fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW).

The NW CASC Fellowship Program supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in the principles and practices of developing decision-relevant science. Funding will be available as early as Fall Term 2021, to support research performed during the 2021-2022 academic year.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 15, 2021.

1. See the Request for Proposals
2. Download the Budget Spreadsheet
3. Submit your application through this Google Form
4. Email your proposal & budget spreadsheet to NW CASC

Do you want to learn more about the NW CASC’s Research Fellowship Program? Do you have questions about applying? Check out this webinar on Applying for NW CASC’s 2021-22 Research Fellowship Program.

USGS-Directed Research Funding

USGS-Directed Research funds are managed through the USGS-side of the NW CASC.

Call for Statements of Interest: FY22 NW CASC Research Funding Opportunity

The Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, made up of nine regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers serving all US states, territories and affiliated Pacific Islands, is coming together to advance climate adaptation science through its Federal Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunity. Through this funding opportunity, an estimated $10 million may be available across the network for research to support natural and cultural resource managers making science-based, climate adaptation decisions!

As part of this effort, the NW CASC is seeking proposals for Northwest climate adaptation research. Proposed projects should focus on developing scientific information and products that can be directly applied to the following resource management priorities, either locally or broadly across landscapes in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and western Montana: 

  1. Management of Invasive Species and Diseases under Future Climate Scenarios
  2. Management of Shrubland Ecosystems under Future Climate Scenarios
  3. Managing Climate-driven, Post-fire Ecological Transformation

Individuals from the following eligible organizations may submit proposals as the lead Principal Investigator:

  •   Members of the NW CASC Consortium (Boise State University, Oregon State University, University of Montana, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University)
  •   USGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.

Researchers from other organizations (federal, state, tribal, non-governmental and other) may participate in CASC-funded projects and receive funds via subawards, contracts or interagency agreements through an eligible organization.

Deadline for Statements of Interest: Friday, March 19, 2021 | 2 PM (PT)


Check out this informational webinar to learn more about the NW CASC’s specific research priorities, evaluation criteria and funding flows.

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