Collaborative Research and Integrated Assessment Grants

Waquoit Bay - Photo credit: James Rassman

Collaborative Research

Generating science that informs decisions

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

CR proposals must also 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.

CR Projects

Integrated Assessment

Evaluating options for action

Integrated assessment (IA) grants offer 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 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.

IA Projects