What We Fund

San Francisco Bay - Photo credit: Tom Muehleisen

The NERRS Science Collaborative funds user-driven, collaborative research, assessment, and transfer activities that address critical coastal management needs identified by reserves.

What is Collaborative Research?

The scientific community has become increasingly aware of the need to address the gap between the production of science and its application to management and policy decision-making. Collaborative research is a type of multidisciplinary, participatory research that integrates decision-makers into the research process and fosters two-way communication and learning. It presents a promising way to increase the usability of science and to address the gap between science production and use. Learn more about collaborative research here.

What are Critical Management Needs?

Projects supported by the NERRS Science Collaborative must address a management need identified by one or more reserves. NOAA annually solicits reserve management needs related to the six focus areas it identified for this iteration of the Science Collaborative to address. These needs are then included in annual proposal solicitations from the Science Collaborative.

Focus areas for the 2014-2019 period are:

  • Climate change - biophysical and socio-demographic impacts of climate change on estuarine systems, including, but not limited to, marsh sustainability, sea level rise, and estimating community risk from climate change;
  • Water quality - how to mitigate the impacts of land use change and estuarine eutrophication and contamination in estuarine ecosystems;
  • Habitat restoration - how to restore estuarine habitat once it has been degraded or lost;
  • Shoreline stabilization - the impacts and tradeoffs of shoreline stabilization, and which factors communities need to consider in adopting such measures;
  • Ecosystem service valuation - how to utilize ecosystem service valuation to characterize the benefits and tradeoffs of preserving estuarine ecosystems; and
  • Monitoring application - support the active engagement of end users in NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) and Sentinel Site data-derived information products, particularly the development of regional and national data syntheses that address coastal management needs in the NERRS and NOAA.

What Types of Grants are Offered?

The Science Collaborative offers grants for several types of activities, including collaborative research, integrated assessments, science transfer, and catalyst efforts. These projects offer an opportunity for researchers and managers to work together and define, co-develop, and deliver relevant, usable results that address critical coastal management issues. Regardless of grant type, all Science Collaborative projects must address a need identified by one or more reserves, and projects teams must work closely with the intended users of project results.

  Collaborative Research Integrated Assessment Science Transfer Catalyst
Purpose Generate science that informs decisions Evaluate options for action Promote the use of science Scope out new project ideas
Funding Amount Up to $250,000/yr Up to $250,000 $20,000-$45,000 $75,000-$250,000
Project Length 1-3 years Up to 2 years Up to 2 years 1 year
Offered Annually (2015-2017) Annually (2015-2017) Annually (2015-2018) 2018
Status Closed Closed Closed Closed

Current Opportunities

Who Can Apply?

Reserves, non-profit organizations, private, and for-profit organizations are all eligible recipients for Science Collaborative funding. However, non-Reserve parties must work in partnership with one or more reserves and meet all requirements described by the RFP.