Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

February 6, 2019

USACE Funding Opportunity: USCRP Topic 3: Cross-Roads of Human and Ecosystem Health

Project Title: USCRP Research Topic 3: Understanding the Cross-Roads of Human and Ecosystem Health

The full announcement with instructions is available here: W912HZ-19-SOI-0021 Topic 03(r2)_11 Feb 2019

Note: Topic 03 revised SOI posted on 2/11/2019.

Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is seek researchers interested in performing applied research to advance understanding of the interaction of human and ecosystem health. Researchers will analyze data (and collect additional data if needed) to characterize and quantify the magnitude of the physical, biological and chemical processes impacting human and ecosystem health and their relationship to each other. Researchers will communicate findings, guidance, and lessons learned on the interaction of human and ecosystem health to inform coastal communities on best practices for community planning. Proposed research may consider a range of timescales ranging from storms, to seasonal, to long-term decadal interactions of human and ecosystems. This research topic was identified as one of three primary needs by the Nearshore Processes Community and championed by the US Coastal Research Program.

Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $250,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Possibly no awards will be made if the submitted proposals do not meet the objectives outlined in this RSOI.

The U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is a partnership of the coastal research community to coordinate Federal activities, strengthen academic programs, and build a strong workforce. Three primary research needs identified by the USCRP’s nearshore coastal community are to improve understanding of: 1) long-term coastal evolution due to natural and anthropogenic processes; 2) extreme events, including flooding, erosion, and the subsequent recovery; and 3) the physical, biological and chemical processes impacting human and ecosystem health. The USCRP addresses societal needs along the coast through a coordinated effort backed by researchers from Federal agencies, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Awards will be made with the intent of assisting academic institutions in funding coastal and nearshore processes graduate students to address critical research needs within the coastal community, advancing the state of knowledge, and building the future U.S. workforce.

Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days.