Promoting the use of science
Science transfer grants provide opportunities for sharing information and techniques within and beyond the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Projects leverage existing research and identify new opportunities to put science to work for the benefit of coastal communities and ecosystems. Examples of science transfer activities include summarizing monitoring data for a new application, developing new K-12 curriculum or teacher workshops, or applying a successful climate planning technique in a new region.
Science transfer grants can be used to foster collaboration and a transfer of knowledge within a reserve, across reserves, or between reserves and key partners, such as land use planners, K-12 teachers, or state agency personnel. Projects must be directly related to at least one reserve and at least one Science Collaborative focus area. In addition, the project design should include meaningful opportunities for collaboration and feedback from all participants and intended users. Science transfer funding is not intended to support research activities and/or new data collection, except for the purpose of a needs assessment or evaluation.