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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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13-1-01 Climate change and wilfire smoke at regional scale: Vegetation, fuels, fire regimes, and air quality impacts More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals to simulate fuels, wildfire regimes, and smoke impacts resulting from projected future scenarios of climate change and associated altered ecosystems. The primary intent is to highlight the potential impact of climate change on wildfire smoke and emissions. View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-1-02 Health impairment from exposure to fire smoke: Relationships among the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and industrial health guidelines More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals to assess the relationships among public health-based considerations of risk to vulnerable citizens, and industrial health-based considerations of risk to fire workers. The purpose of this solicitation is to improve our ability to assess risk for both the public and fire workers, and to better understand smoke atmospheric concentration health guidelines for both worker safety and public health. Proposals must be based on a review of the literature and analysis of existing data sets. New data collection campaigns are not intended. New data collection will only be considered for funding if the proposal demonstrates that new data is necessary to address task statement questions. Responsive proposals must address the following questions: * Health standards - What are suggested guidelines for levels of ambient PM (total, 10 and 2.5) where members of the public should be restricted or removed from the smoke environment? What guidelines for fire workers would help maintain fire worker health? What are maximum recommended instantaneous, one-hour, and 24 hour exposure concentrations of smoke PM4, PM2.5, and PM10? How should protection from exposure to individual or combined non-particulate or particulate/gas chemical constituents be factored into public and fire worker safety guidelines? * Hazardous chemicals - Which specific chemicals in fire smoke, including trace chemical substances such as benzene and isocyanic acid, should be included in future indices, guidelines, or studies developed for smoke altered ambient air quality? * Particulate matter metrics - How should particulate matter metrics used by public and industrial health communities be reconciled for an overall assessment of health risk from fire smoke? How do concentrations of PM4 relate to the ambient air quality standard concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 for typical smoke particulate size distributions as measured from different fire intensities, periods of exposure and clean air recovery, and types of fire (wildfire, prescribed fire) in different ecosystems? View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-1-03 Fuels treatment effectiveness: Economics More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals that assess the cost effectiveness of fuel treatments at multiple scales. Fuels treatments are implemented to reduce fire suppression costs, enhance safety of fire crews, augment protection of homes and infrastructure, and to meet a variety of ecosystem restoration and resource management objectives. This task statement focuses on quantification of economic trade-offs related to fuels treatment effectiveness. Given that substantial resources are invested in fuel treatments, it is imperative that managers have confidence that fuel treatments are effective in meeting treatment objectives. JFSP expects that results from research funded in response to this task statement will help managers prioritize and evaluate the investment value of fuels treatments. This information is critical to future budget allocation decisions. All proposals submitted under this task statement must directly address at least one of the following questions, and have a high likelihood of producing information useful to managers: * Treatment costs - What are the costs associated with different treatment types and re-treatment intervals? What are the least-cost re-treatment intervals to meet fire behavior objectives? * Avoided wildfire costs - Are fuel treatment costs justified on the basis of saved suppression costs? How do fuels treatments influence wildfire management and suppression decisions and costs? How do the costs of implementing various wildland fire suppression strategies compare to fuel treatment costs? * Influence of scale - How do the temporal and spatial scales of fuels treatment implementation influence cost effectiveness? How do the effects of multiple treatments implemented over space and time influence cost effectiveness? View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-1-04 Fuels treatment effectiveness: Ecosystem restoration More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals that assess the effectiveness of joint vegetation management and fuels treatments in restoring ecosystem composition, structure, and function. JFSP expects that results from research funded in response to this task statement will help managers weigh the contributions of vegetation management and fuels treatments towards meeting ecosystem restoration objectives. Responsive proposals must evaluate treatments that have fuels reduction to achieve a specific desired range of future fire behavior as an explicit objective. All proposals submitted under this task statement must directly address at least one of the following questions, and have a high likelihood of producing information useful to managers: * Metrics - What metrics have been used to characterize the effectiveness of fuels treatments at meeting ecosystem restoration objectives? What are the characteristics of useful metrics? Which metrics have potential for effective and broad usage? * Scale - How do vegetation management and fuels treatment effects on ecosystem restoration vary by spatial and temporal scale? At what scales can vegetation management and fuels treatments be effective at meeting ecosystem restoration objectives? * Wildfires - How do fuels treatments affect the attainment of ecosystem restoration objectives by their influence on selection of wildland fire suppression strategies? Is this effect realized in the near term or the long term? View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-1-05 Masticated fuelbeds effects on combustion and fire behavior More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals that assess the effects of mastication fuels treatments on combustion and fire behavior. JFSP is particularly interested in proposals that collect new field data of masticated fuelbeds and fire behavior. Proposals that include modeled fire behavior must include independent field data sets to evaluate model predictions. All proposals submitted under this task statement must directly address the following topics, and have a high likelihood of producing information useful to managers: * Fuelbeds - What are the effects of mastication treatments on fuelbeds? What are the effects of masticated fuel particle size and fuelbed depth on fuelbed moisture? * Combustion and fire behavior - How do changes in masticated fuel particle size, fuelbed depth, and fuelbed moisture influence combustion processes, fire intensity, and fire spread? Do masticated fuel beds increase smoldering combustion and the possibility of holdover embers in complex fuelbeds? * Temporal changes  How long does it take for masticated fuel beds to decompose, and how does this affect fire behavior? How are these results affected by depth of fuel bed, species, particle size, and geographic area? View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-1-06 Compatibility of fire, fuels and rehabilitation treatments with T&E gallinaceous birds More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals that investigate the compatibility of fire, fuels and rehabilitation activities with habitat and population restoration of gallinaceous bird species that are federally listed as Candidate, Threatened, or Endangered. These species frequently occur in areas intended for fuels management or in areas affected by wildfire, necessitating close coordination of fuels and fire management activities with species conservation and recovery plans. JFSP seeks research that investigates the compatibility of fire, fuels, and rehabilitation activities with species conservation needs, and produces results that could be used to improve the effectiveness of these activities. View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-2-01 Conference Support More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites proposals for co-sponsorship of regional, national, or international conferences. International conferences must show a demonstrated benefit to fire or fuels management in the U.S. Proposals must identify how the planned conference will support the JFSP mission. Proposals are limited to $5,000 for regional conferences, and $10,000 for national or international conferences. Conferences must be scheduled within two years of the FON closing date to be eligible. View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-3-01 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 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. 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) * Fuel management effectiveness and effects (e.g., treatment longevity, T&E or invasive species, carbon balance, pile burning, mastication treatments, WUI issues) * Smoke or emissions assessments * 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

Closed on Nov 16, 2012

13-4-01 Dataset Archival More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites proposals for new or supplemental funds to document and submit fire and fuels related datasets to an actively managed data repository. The purpose of this activity is to make high quality datasets available to the research community for future research. Proposals must describe the quality assurance and control measures that have been used to ensure a high quality dataset, and describe the types of studies that could benefit from these data. Data and metadata submission must be complete within one year of the data archival project start date for completed projects, and submitted with the final report for ongoing projects. Proposals are limited to four pages and $10,000. Institutions interested in submitting proposals that include archival of datasets from multiple projects may exceed $10,000 with prior approval by the JFSP Program Manager (John Cissel, jcissel@blm.gov). View FON

Closed on Nov 16, 2012