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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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14-1-01 Fuels treatment effectiveness across landscapes More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research that evaluates the effectiveness of fuels treatments across landscapes (>10,000 acres). Studies are needed to determine whether the type and configuration of fuels treatments across landscapes can affect intensity, rate of spread, and patterns of severity for subsequent wildfires, or enable more effective wildfire response. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-1-02 Influence of past wildfires on wildfire behavior, effects and management More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research that evaluates the influence of past wildfires on subsequent wildfire behavior, effects, and management, including suppression strategies, tactics and costs. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-1-03 Contribution of smoke emissions to secondary organic aerosols More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research that develops new science and knowledge to support improvement of wildland fire smoke emissions factors for secondary organic aerosols (SOAs). Hydrocarbon emissions that chemically transform within the atmosphere to form secondary organic aerosols are now thought to be a significant component of total PM2.5. New science is needed to better understand the role and significance of wildland fire in formation of SOAs. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-1-04 Effects of smoke from wildland fires on human health in urban centers More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research that assesses the impact of wildland fire smoke on human health in urban centers in the United States. The Action Plans from each of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (http://www.forestsandrangelands.gov/strategy) regions have identified the need for coordinated science focused on smoke management. Research topics of interest include the extent of past observed adverse health effects using selected case studies, and wildland fire smoke concentration and exposure duration thresholds associated with public health concerns. Proposals should assess a limited number of case studies of historical wildland fire smoke episodes in locations where there is likely to be a recurring need for actions to manage smoke-related public health risk. Case studies may include international cities if they offer lessons of relevance to the United States View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-1-05 Compatibility of fire and fuel treatments with threatened and endangered bats More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research that investigates the compatibility of fire and fuels management activities with habitat and population restoration of federally listed or candidate threatened and endangered (T&E) bat species. Wildland fire managers require up-to-date and high quality science that defines the effects of fuel treatment and wildfire on wildlife habitat in order to effectively establish and maintain resilient landscapes, enhance human communities, and to respond to wildfire. Bats provide important ecosystem services, such as insect and pest predation, pollination, and seed dispersal. Bat species also frequently occur in fire-adapted ecosystems where fuels management and wildfire response activities are designed to maintain and restore resilient landscapes. Thus, we are interested in these activities and how they may also compliment T&E Species habitat conservation and recovery plan objectives. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-1-06 Effects of wildfire on water More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals for research that evaluates the effects of wildfire on the quantity, quality, and treatability of drinking water supplies, and their recovery over time. High-quality water is a critical ecosystem service furnished by watersheds to communities across the United States. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-1-07 Fire weather data resolution More Information Actions
Weather data are critical inputs for many important fire management applications, e.g., assessments of fire danger, fire behavior, and smoke dispersion. Scientists and managers alike often assume that increased resolution of fire weather variables leads to increased accuracy of model outputs, thus leading to improved management decisions and outcomes. Increased resolution of weather data comes at a cost, however, and budgetary resources are increasingly scarce. The assumption apparently underlying the argument that higher resolution weather data are needed is that fire and fuel managers hedge against uncertainty by taking less risk. Therefore, higher resolution data reduces uncertainty, thereby opening a wider window for fire and fuels operations at the same levels of risk. In essence, if more reliable model predictions were available, managers would have more flexibility and options. The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in proposals that critically examine this assumption in an operational context. JFSP seeks proposals that examine the sensitivity of modeled results to the resolution of weather variables, and evaluate the importance of modeled results using weather data for fire and fuels management decision-making. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-2-01 New Science Initiative Social Science More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring new research that leads to or advances innovative ideas in two areas of fire social sciences: fire-adapted communities and risk perception. The goal is to push the frontiers of knowledge and understanding and to generate new ideas and concepts. The types of activities appropriate to this task statement are broad, and could include: " Articulation of new concepts or frameworks " A synthesis of information to generate new hypotheses " Scenario analysis " Field activities involving diverse scientists, policy-makers, managers, and citizens " Development of an experimental design to test an innovative hypothesis Proposals should demonstrate how the proposed activities will advance innovative thinking. Proposals must address questions relevant to either of two general themes: fire-adapted communities or risk perception. The following questions are illustrative examples. Investigators are not required to address these specific questions. Fire-adapted communities " What do local leaders and organizers need to know about their communities, fire environment, and risk mitigation in order to build adaptive capacity and encourage adaptation to wildfire? " How do social processes and networks affect community readiness for wildfire? How can we assess adaptive capacity in ways that account for local social processes and networks? " How can wildfire experts and other emergency managers work together so that adaptation for one hazard enhances adaptation for other hazards? " What incentives are most effective in support of fire-adapted communities? Risk perception " What factors influence how risk is perceived by decision-makers and communities, and how does that perception change based on information uncertainty, the immediacy of the risk, or other relevant factors? " How can differences in risk exposure best be communicated to decision-makers and stakeholders? How can understanding of these differences be improved? " How can the spatial and temporal trade-offs in risk best be communicated? What factors influence how stakeholder and public groups perceive these risk trade-offs? " How do risk perceptions vary across public, agency, and cultural groups? View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-3-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award More Information Actions
In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students enrolled in U.S. 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 the GRIN awards is to: " Enhance graduate students exposure to and interaction with fire and fuels managers " Develop understanding of fire and fuels managers information and research needs " Augment ongoing 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. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-4-01 Knowledge Exchange Consortia Pre-proposals More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting pre-proposals to support two new consortia of fire science providers and managers to enhance the exchange and adoption of fire science. New consortia will be added to an existing national network of 14 regional consortia, established by JFSP in two phases over the last four years. See the JFSP website or contact the JFSP Program Office (http://www.firescience.gov/JFSP_consortia.cfm) for more information about the knowledge exchange network. Pre-proposals will support initial planning and assessment of management needs for two regions not currently part of this network: 1. Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions 2. Washington, D.C Note that the Washington DC consortium will be different from other consortia because of a focus on the policy-making community rather than field practitioners. For that reason, stakeholders exist across much of the United States and are already served to some degree by the existing national knowledge exchange network. Pre-proposals for a Washington, D.C. centered consortium should consider how this broader set of stakeholders could be supported, including linkages with the existing regional consortia. View FON

Closed on Dec 11, 2013

14-5-01 Fuels Treatment Effectiveness: Landscape-level and Programmatic Economics More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals that assess the cost effectiveness of fuel treatments at multiple scales, as well as a strategy for maintaining previous fuel treatment investments in priority areas. View FON

Closed on Jun 13, 2014