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15-1-01 Fuels mapping for emissions inventories More Information Actions
The objective of this task is to determine the most effective combination of fuel mapping and emissions calculation tools for the purpose of developing national or regional wildland fire emissions inventories for both wild and prescribed fires.

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Closes on Nov 21, 2014

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15-1-02 Smoke hazard warning system More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals to develop and demonstrate a prototype smoke hazard warning system that works in conjunction with information provided by existing and planned operational air pollution forecasting systems in the United States. The new smoke hazard warning system will reduce risk to the public from smoke by incorporating the most recent health-effects data and facilitating the incorporation of emerging results as they become available.

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15-1-03 Implications of changing fuels and fire regimes - selected regions More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Governing Board believes that existing and developing science is sufficient to broadly describe potential future ecosystems and their implications for fire and resource management. The Board invites interdisciplinary proposals that evaluate alternative future scenarios of ecosystem change to estimate indicators of changes in fuels and fire regimes in landscapes within and across selected regions (see below). Proposals must contain an assessment of the implications of changing fuels and fire regimes on managers ability to meet land and resource management objectives, e.g., identification of potential tipping points beyond which attainment of certain management objectives is unlikely. Successful proposals will include a scientific assessment of changing fuels and fire regimes, and an assessment of likely management implications. Proposals must involve fire, fuels or resource managers in some manner.

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15-1-04 Fire ember production More Information Actions
The JFSP seeks research that improves understanding of ember production from burning wildland and structural fuels in the WUI and the susceptibility of structures to burning embers. Through collection of fire ember data from laboratory, prescribed, and wildland fires, the JFSP is seeking proposals that address the following questions: * What is the rate of ember production from burning wildland and structural fuels in the WUI under a range of environmental conditions? Are ember production rates related to commonly used environmental indices, e.g., Keetch Byram Drought Index, Haines Index, or the Energy Release Component. * What is the characteristic size and shape of embers produced from burning wildland and structural fuels in the WUI under a range of environmental conditions? * How far can embers of characteristic size and shape travel under a range of wind speeds? * How long can embers of characteristic size and shape burn and at what intensities? * What is the role of ember production from wildland and structural fuels in fire spread in the WUI? The JFSP is particularly interested in data that is used to validate existing ember production and dispersal functions within fire behavior models, and projects that examine fires exhibiting high intensity or extreme behavior.

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15-1-05 Fire effects on soil heating More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) seeks basic research on soil heating and second-order fire effects that result from elevated soil temperatures. Specifically, JFSP seeks proposals that: * Uses existing or newly developed datasets from laboratory fires, prescribed fires or wildfires to evaluate existing soil heating models, or develop new models, under a variety of soil, fuel, and burning conditions, and *Examines the effects of soil heating on second-order fire effects (e.g. hydrophobic soils, mortality of buried seeds, soil biota) JFSP is particularly interested in studies that link output from fire behavior or fuel consumption models to soil heating. JFSP is also interested in studies that focus particularly on higher intensity fires that result in significant heat transfer to soils. Any new computational models or improvements to existing computational models must be evaluated against independent datasets. New computational models, or improvements to existing models, should be delivered as well-documented modules for potential use in existing software integration frameworks (e.g., WFDSS, IFTDSS). Funding will not be provided for development of software applications.

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15-1-06 Fire weather and decision making: a social and modelling analysis More Information Actions
This task focuses on fire-related decision making and the use and importance of fire weather data. The JFSP Governing Board is specifically interested in resource allocation decisions based, in part, on fire danger forecasts; fuels and wildfire decisions based, in part, on fire behavior predictions; and, decisions related to smoke dispersion predictions. Sensitivity analyses of fire behavior, fire danger, or smoke dispersion models are appropriate to this task, but should be framed within the context of specific decision-making environments. Investigators should connect model sensitivity analyses with sensitivity analyses of managers decisions, including use of social science to assess what fire weather information is needed and used by decision makers. Proposals must address questions from both groups below: * Decision-making - What weather information is used directly or indirectly in fire and fuels management decisions? What is the relative importance of weather information to decision-making? Are there weather information thresholds or tipping points that strongly influence fire and fuels management decisions? * Sensitivity analysis  How important or sensitive are the outputs from fire danger, fire behavior and smoke dispersion models to input weather data resolution? What changes in weather values result in the greatest impact to fire danger and fire behavior outputs? Proposals that link results from the sensitivity analysis to specific fire and fuels management decisions are requested. Recommendations regarding future weather data resolution are desired.

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15-1-07 Re-measurement - long-term fire effects on vegetation and fuels More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is seeking proposals to re-measure existing long-term (15 or more years post-fire) field studies of wildfire or prescribed fire effects on vegetation and fuels. A better understanding of long-term vegetation and fuels succession is needed to integrate management objectives for fire into ecosystem restoration and hazardous fuels projects, evaluate changes to ecosystem services, and to assess possible impacts related to climate change. Responsive proposals should identify the management relevance of newly collected data. JFSP is particularly interested in new data that have applications in landscape or land management planning. For example, proposals could demonstrate the importance of new information used for successional modeling of vegetation or fuels; assess changes to ecological responses in areas of varying burn severity; or evaluate ecosystem changes related to drought. JFSP is interested in proposals over a range of ecosystems, fire regimes, and geographic areas. Proposals must directly assess the successional patterns of vegetation and fuels following fire, and address at least one of the following questions: * How do successional patterns vary temporally and spatially? * How has climate change affected successional patterns? * How have fires affected achievement of ecosystem restoration objectives? Proposed work that does not address these questions will be considered outside the scope of requested work. Proposals must be for re-measurements that are 15 or more years post fire. Proposals requesting funds to re-measure variables other than vegetation and fuels will not be considered. Proposals requesting funds to re-measure variables not previously measured will not be considered.

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15-2-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award More Information Actions
In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current MS and PhD graduate students enrolled in US colleges or universities in the fields of wildland fire and related human dimensions and ecological sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of these awards is to enhance graduate students exposure to and interaction with fire and fuels managers, to develop appreciation and understanding of fire and fuels managers information and research needs, and to augment already planned research to develop information and/or products useful to managers. JFSP recognizes that graduate students of today are the managers, scientists, and leaders of tomorrow. These awards allow graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation, and to build skills needed for independent inquiry. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels or resource managers and include means to directly communicate with managers regarding project outcomes. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to search the JFSP website (www.firescience.gov) to learn more about the scope of JFSP activities. In addition, proposals must directly address one of the following topics: " Climate change and fire (e.g., fire behavior, fire effects, fire regime) " Post-fire recovery (e.g., effects of burn severity, treatment effectiveness) " Smoke or emissions assessments " Fire weather " Social issues and fire (e.g., community preparation, transfer and use of science, public perceptions, fire-adapted communities) Proposals on other topics will not be reviewed. Proposals must describe new, unfunded work that extends ongoing or planned research that is the subject of a thesis or dissertation that has been approved by the graduate students advisory committee.

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09-1-01 Lifecycle fuels More Information Actions
Lifecycle fuels treatment - The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring research projects that investigate the longevity of fire and non-fire fuels treatments, and in comparing the effectiveness and economics of treatment regimes. The period of time over which fuel reduction remains effective depends upon the type and effectiveness of the fuel reduction treatment, the number of fuel layers involved, the rate of accumulation of fuels, fuel decomposition rates, and other factors. This may be a relatively short time for fuels with a simple structure such as grasslands, or take many years in more complex fuel types such as multi-storied coniferous forests. JFSP is also interested in better understanding how climate change may influence treatment effectiveness. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-02 fire and aquatics More Information Actions
Temporal and spatial scaling of fire and aquatic organisms The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring research that investigates the temporal and spatial scaling of fire and related post-fire disturbances (e.g., debris torrents), and their relation to the temporal and spatial scaling of population processes and life history characteristics of aquatic organisms influenced by fire. JFSP is particularly interested in how an understanding of scaling considerations can be used to assist post-fire recovery and restoration decision-making. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-03 Regional haze More Information Actions
Regional haze - ozone and secondary organic aerosol formation The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in fundamental and applied research regarding ozone (O3) and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from both prescribed fires and wildfires, and the relative contribution of O3 and SOA from wildland fires to regional haze. Currently, there is insufficient scientific understanding of these issues to satisfactorily address regulatory requirements (e.g., National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and the Regional Haze Rule (RHR)) or environmental disclosure requirements (e.g., National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)). View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-04 Smoke dispersion from low-intensity fires More Information Actions
Smoke dispersion from low-intensity fires The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that will develop an improved understanding of the processes controlling smoke transport and dispersion from low-intensity fires. Smoke from low intensity fire, either from wildfires or prescribed fires, can cause serious transportation safety problems as well as public health and aesthetic issues. Formation and dispersion of superfog in the southeast is of particular concern. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-05 Trade-off assessments of AMR More Information Actions
Trade-off assessments of AMR decisions The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) seeks proposals that evaluate the consequences of alternative responses to 2007 and 2008 wildland fires. Successful proposals will characterize the consequences of wildland fire strategies and tactics implemented on the ground, and contrast those results with outcomes that could have occurred if alternative strategies and tactics were chosen. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-06 Fire disturbance on fuels More Information Actions
Fire, insect outbreak, and windstorm effects on fuel profiles and fire behavior The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring research projects that investigate the effects of fire, insect outbreaks and windstorms on resultant fuel profiles and future fire behavior. In addition, JFSP seeks proposals that investigate these effects under varying climatic scenarios, including prolonged drought. Enhanced understanding of the influences of these processes on future fire hazard and risk will allow land managers to better focus their fuel treatments. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-07 Predictive fire severity maps More Information Actions
Predictive fire severity maps The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that advance predictive methodology for geospatial fire severity assessments. The term fire severity is used herein as defined by NWCG as the degree to which a site has been altered or disrupted by fire. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-08 threatened and endangered wildlife species More Information Actions
Compatibility of fuel treatments and fire management with conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife species The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) seeks proposals that investigate the compatibility of fire and fuels management activities with habitat and population restoration of wide-ranging listed or candidate threatened and endangered (T&E) wildlife species. While many perceive that T&E wildlife species conservation frequently conflicts with fire and fuels management, recent work has shown that the goals of maintaining T&E habitat and restoring fire-adapted ecosystems can be compatible. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-09 Prevention effectiveness More Information Actions
Prevention effectiveness The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in funding research proposals that evaluate the effectiveness of fire prevention activities in terms of reduced fire starts. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-1-10 2008 wildfire & wildland fire use re-measurement More Information Actions
2008 wildfires and wildland fire-use fires  re-measurement opportunities The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is seeking proposals that focus on re-measurement and analysis of recently burned-over experimental sites and other areas where extensive pre-fire data are available on fuel treatments, stand structure, fuel characteristics, or other resource attributes. The intent is to fund re-measurement of key variables that have previously been measured according to a robust sampling design. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-2-01 Synthesis More Information Actions
Syntheses of existing knowledge The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interesting in sponsoring projects that synthesize existing information in a form that is useful to land managers. The goal is to present information on topics of importance to land managers that have a sufficient base of existing knowledge to support a synthesis and management interpretation. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-3-01 New science - fire ecology More Information Actions
New science initiative  fire ecology The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring projects that stimulate and support activities that lead to or advance innovative ideas regarding the interactions of fire, vegetation, and fuels in a changing climate. View requirements

Closed on Nov 22, 2008

09-4-1 Regional science consortia start up proposals More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting start-up proposals to support regional consortia of fire science providers and managers to enhance fire science delivery and adoption. View requirements

Closed on Jul 10, 2009