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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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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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11-1-1 Re-measurement opportunities More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is seeking proposals to re-measure existing field studies to assess the effects of high-severity fire on vegetation succession, and/or to evaluate the effects of post-wildfire management. Proposals requesting funds to re-measure other variables will not be considered. View FON

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Closed on Nov 19, 2010

11-1-2 Shrub and grass fuelbed production, growth, and succession More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites proposals that lead to better estimates of shrub and grass fuel production, growth, and succession, both on nonforested lands and as components of forest fuelbeds. JFSP is particularly interested in proposals that collect new field data that can be used to develop, improve, or validate shrub and grass production, growth and succession models. View FON

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Closed on Nov 19, 2010

11-1-3 Evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation activities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites proposals that collect new quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the effectiveness of activities undertaken to reduce the impact of fire in the WUI. View FON

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11-1-4 Fuel moisture influences on combustion More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is seeking proposals that investigate the various influences of fuel moisture on combustion processes. It is widely acknowledged that improved fire behavior prediction models are needed to advance understanding of wildland combustion and to support fire management. While the ultimate configuration of such models are unknown, it is clear that fundamental knowledge of the roles that fuel moisture plays in regulating combustion will be needed. View FON

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11-1-5 Black carbon effects on atmospheric warming More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in funding proposals that directly address at least one of the following questions: " What are the contributions to atmospheric black carbon from prescribed fire and wildfire in the US? How do these contributions vary regionally and seasonally, and how do they compare to other sources of atmospheric black carbon? " How do black carbon emission rates from prescribed fires and wildfire vary depending on the season of burning, fuel moisture content, or atmospheric conditions? How does fire type or intensity influence black carbon emissions, their vertical distribution in the atmosphere, and their potential for long range transport? View FON

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11-1-6 Fire smoke and ozone standards analysis More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals to determine what contributions to ambient ozone are due to wildland fire smoke in the United States, especially smoke from prescribed fires. Proposals must address both of the following objectives: " Quantify the contributions from fires to ambient levels of ozone using tools and procedures that are similar to those that will be used by state and local air agencies in State Implementation Plan (SIP) development " Use results of this quantification, ambient data, and any other available information to produce a ranked order of locations where fire emissions have the greatest potential to challenge attainment and maintenance of the new ozone standard View FON

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11-1-7 Mega-fire smoke and population impacts trajectory analysis More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program is soliciting proposals that will address the potential for smoke from mega-fires to impact large urban areas in the United States. Planned work should include both an assessment of potential source regions and an analysis of transport climatology to highlight which large urban areas are most likely to be impacted and in which seasons. Responsive proposals are expected to address some or all of the following items: " Identify geographic areas in the US, and the season(s) of these areas, which appear to be most prone to future mega-fire events from a fuels and climate perspective " Identify potential trajectories of mega-fire smoke to large urban areas of 500,000 or more in population, including an assessment of potential smoke event duration and magnitude " Describe smoke impacts which might be expected in each area and/or develop a classification hierarchy (by smoke concentration levels or other criteria) of potential impacts that can be used to rate the severity of projected events " Assess the potential for regional haze events due to mega-fires by US geographic areas and season(s) View FON

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11-1-8 Effectiveness and effects of pile burning More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites proposals to evaluate the effectiveness and effects of pile burning. Submitted proposals must address at least one of the following questions: " How do the characteristics of piles created by different specifications and methods affect combustion dynamics, fuel consumption, and emissions? How do pile characteristics affect flame length, fireline intensity, and burn duration? " How do the effects of pile burning on adjacent vegetation, invasive plants, and soils vary based on pile characteristics, and how do these effects vary by fuel and soil types? " How does duff and soil moisture affect combustion type and duration, fuel consumption, and emissions? " How do pile characteristics, pile age, and the spatial arrangement of piles affect the behavior of unplanned fires, including fireline intensity, fire spread between piles, and firebrand production and transport? How do piles burned in an unplanned fire contribute to crowning and crown fire spread, or to spotting? View FON

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11-1-9 Fuel treatments and the Wildland Urban Interface More Information Actions
JFSP invites proposals that directly address the following questions: " Under what conditions do treatments conducted outside the WUI influence fire behavior and fire effects in the WUI? " What percentage of the landscape needs to be treated and in what patterns to affect fire spread into the WUI? " Can fuel treatments outside of the WUI reduce fire ignitions in the WUI by reducing firebrand lofting and dispersion? View FON

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Closed on Nov 19, 2010

11-2-1 Integrated measurements of fuels, fire behavior and smoke More Information Actions
JFSP seeks proposals that intend to measure a full suite of variables that characterize fires, fuels, and smoke from pre-fire through immediate post-fire conditions. Submitted proposals must include data collection plans for fuel characterization, combustion and fire behavior, plume rise and smoke dispersion, and meteorological variables necessary to interpret other measurements. JFSP encourages collaboration among existing and new partnerships to successfully conduct integrated measurement campaigns. View FON

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Closed on Apr 01, 2011

11-3-1 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 in the fields of wildland fire and related human dimensions and ecological sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. 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. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered. Proposals must directly address one of the following topics: " Climate change and fire (e.g., fire behavior, fire effects, fire regime) " Fuel management effectiveness and effects (e.g., treatment longevity, T&E or invasive species, carbon balance) " Social issues and fire (e.g., community preparation, transfer and use of science, public perceptions) Proposals on other topics will not be reviewed. View FON

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Closed on Nov 19, 2010

11-4-1 Regional Science Exchange Consortia More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting pre-proposals to support new regional consortia of fire science providers and managers to enhance fire science exchange and adoption. New consortia will be part of an existing national network of regional consortia. The intent of this solicitation is to support initial planning and assessment of management needs for regions not currently part of this network, as shown by the map in the announcement. View FON

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Closed on Nov 19, 2010