Science Transfer Grants

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Science Transfer

​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 adapting a successful climate planning technique for use 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 developed in collaboration with at least one of the 29 reserve sites in NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System and connect to one of the Science Collaborative focus areas. 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. 

To learn more about recent projects, review the example projects described in the webinar video clip below or browse the project catalog: Science Transfer Projects

Science Transfer Grants

The Science Collaborative is currently accepting proposals in response to the 2021 Request for Science Transfer Proposals. We are interested in funding a variety of science transfer projects with up to two-year project periods and a range of scopes and budgets, with each award not to exceed $100,000 total. Proposals for the 2021 science transfer grant competition were due February 25. Funding decisions will be announced in July 2021. We anticipate releasing another request for science transfer proposals in fall of 2022. The 2021 RFP and application materials are provided here as references.

References for the 2021 RFP

Additional Proposal Development Resources

Questions about this RFP

On January 7, 2021, the Science Collaborative hosted a Question & Answer webinar about the 2021 Science Transfer RFP.

Watch recordingQuestion & Answer Webinar about the Science Transfer RFP (YouTube) | Download slides: Science Transfer Q&A Slide Deck

Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to:
Email: nerrs-info@umich.edu
Phone: Lynn Vaccaro (734-763-0056) or Nick Soberal (734-763-0034)

Project Examples

See the video clip below (taken from the 2020 Science Transfer RFP Q&A Webinar) for five transfer examples from past projects, as well as some additional tips for proposal applicants.