2017 Research Funding Opportunity - AK, SC, SW CSCs

This funding opportunity invites Statements of Interest and Proposals for projects to be initiated in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Alaska, South Central, and Southwest CSCs.

Information and guidelines for this funding opportunity can be found below and in the Funding Opportunity Guidelines PDF document.

(The Federal Fiscal Year runs from October 1, 2016—September 30, 2017.)

Eligible Applicants

Only the following may submit (as the lead Principal Investigator) Statements of Interest (SOI) or Proposals in response to this Funding Opportunity:

blue arrowInstitutions that are either Host Institutions or Consortium Members for the requesting DOI Climate Science Center (exceptions are made for projects spanning multiple CSC regions—these should be submitted to all CSCs of interest. See “Additional Considerations and Information” below), and

blue arrowUSGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.

Each proposal must have a Principal Investigator (PI) from an eligible institution. Parties from other organizations (Federal, State, Tribal, or other) can participate and receive funds via subaward from the Principal Investigator but the proposal submitter and PI must be from an eligible organization, as described above. Non-eligible applicants are encouraged to establish working partnerships with one of the recognized eligible applicants to seek participation as part of a project lead by a CSC/university consortium member or USGS facility.

If you have submitted an SOI to a previous CSC Funding Opportunity but were not chosen for funding, you will not automatically be considered again for this current funding opportunity. You must resubmit another SOI for this funding opportunity to be considered.

Deadlines & Schedule

Submission deadlines for Statements of Interest and Proposals are 5:00 PM Mountain Time

Deadline for submission of Statements of Interest

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5pm MST CLOSED

Applicants Notified and Full Proposals Requested

Friday, February 3, 2017

Deadline for Invited Full Proposals

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5pm MDT

Applicants Notified of Intent to Award

Monday, May 15, 2017

Each participating CSC will also hold informational question and answer sessions for this funding opportunity. Please refer to the individual CSC science needs sections in the Funding Opportunity Guidelines PDF Document (attached above) for those dates and details.

Note: “Intent to Award” means a CSC has selected the project for funding, pending completion of all administrative reviews and processing to complete formal awards. Final funding actions will not occur until Congressional action is taken to put a full year FY 2017 budget in place (either with appropriation bills or a year-long continuing resolution). Delays in Congressional budget action have in the past and may again in this year delay receipt of funds.

Application Process

Guidelines and templates for submitting an SOI or Proposal to a CSC/NCCWSC Funding Opportunity (Review Criteria, Additional Considerations, etc.) >>

Estimated Available Funds & Funding Process

Approximately $1,600,000 to $1,800,000 may be available to fund projects that support CSC science priorities in Fiscal Year 2017 for the participating CSCs. See individual CSC sections in the Funding Opportunity Guidelines Document (attached above) for details. Final funding is subject to the availability of funds and passage of a full Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

All funds will be transferred from a CSC to either:
•    A USGS entity through a change of allocation or
•    A CSC host institution through a grant or cooperative agreement. These entities may then provide sub- awards to members of the CSC consortium or other parties.  (Determinations as to whether a grant or a cooperative agreement will be utilized are made by USGS.)

Science Needs & Details

SOIs and proposals should address regional CSC science priorities. Please see the individual CSC science needs sections within the Funding Opportunity Guidelines Document (attached above) for information and details about these needs. 

RFPManager Submission Portal

SOI and Proposals MUST be submitted through RFPManager, our online proposal management system. Access RFPManager for the CSC you are applying to via the links below. 

Alaska CSC


South Central CSC


Southwest CSC


For Technical Assistance with RFPManager, please contact:
Lei Ann Wilson
Holly Padgett

For other issues or questions about this funding opportunity, please contact the CSC Director/Staff (See CSC-Specific Sections in the Guidelines document for contacts)