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20-1-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award More Information Actions
Specific objectives related to management are to enhance student exposure to and interaction with fire and fuels managers, develop appreciation and understanding of fire and fuels managers information and research needs, and augment already planned and funded master or doctoral research to develop information and/or products useful to managers. The JFSP also is interested in understanding the science needs of decision-makers, which provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of how science can be used to inform fire-related policy. As a result, these awards are intended to enable graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation to develop information and products useful to managers and decision-makers. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels, or resource management and include means to directly communicate with managers, when applicable, 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 management- or policy-related questions related to one or more of the following topic areas: " Fuels management and fire behavior " Changing fire environment " Emissions and air quality " Fire effects and post-fire recovery " Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire " Human dimensions of fire

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20-2-01 Performance of fuel breaks and fuel break systems More Information Actions
The objectives of this task statement are to: (1) identify or develop metrics (standards) to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance in terms of controlling wildfire behavior, aiding in wildfire suppression operations, and minimizing wildfire risk and impacts to valued resources (2) evaluate fuel breaks and fuel break systems using these metrics, and (3) identify necessary improvements in the implementation of operational fire behavior models and their data input requirements relative to assessing fuel break and fuel break system performance. Proposers must address both research needs 1 and 2 below to be considered responsive to this task statement. Research need 3 is optional. Research proposals are sought that identify or develop metrics to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance, evaluate fuel break and fuel break systems using these metrics, and investigate the applicability of these metrics to operational fire behavior models for a variety of regions and vegetation types. Proposals should clearly distinguish, as applicable, the different management objectives that influence fuel break versus fuel break system design and how this may affect the selection of appropriate performance metrics for fuel breaks versus fuel break systems. When addressing the performance of fuel break systems (as opposed to individual fuel break performance) at landscape and regional scales, proposals may consider metrics that account for both the positive and negative aspects of system performance (e.g., impacts to plant and animal communities, ecosystem resilience). Research proposals should consider fire environment factors such as fuel moisture, wind, and relative humidity under which fuel breaks with different characteristics (bare ground, vegetative) perform as intended (versus under extreme weather conditions). Research proposals also should consider using a combination of both empirical and modeling approaches to evaluate, calibrate, or validate their findings. Specific research needs include: 1. Identify or develop quantitative and qualitative metrics (standards) to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance. Metrics should be based on end-user needs (management objectives) and enable quantifying how fuel breaks and fuel break systems affect short- and long-term risk from wildfire to firefighters, human communities, and cultural and natural resources. In addition, proposed metrics also should enable distinguishing the costs versus benefits of fuel break systems to valued resources. 2. Using identified or developed metrics, evaluate performance of existing or planned fuel breaks and fuel break systems, with respect to fire behavior, operational response, wildfire risk, and threats to valued resources, and identify factors (e.g., burning condition, treatment type, area treated) that influence fuel break and fuel break system performance. 3. Identify necessary improvements in the implementation of operational fire behavior models, modeling processes, and data input requirements (e.g., fuel models) through model calibration, evaluation, and validation that incorporate the standards above and support overall improvement in model output interpretation as a means to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance.

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20-3-01 Regional Science Exchange and Outreach More Information Actions
The objective of this task statement is to solicit proposals to lead and execute a particular regional fire science exchange for a period of two years. The JFSP funds and provides oversight to a national collaborative of 15 regional wildland fire science exchanges: the Fire Science Exchange Network (FSEN). The FSEN provides the most relevant, current wildland fire science information to federal, state, local, tribal, and private stakeholders within ecologically similar regions. The FSEN brings fire, fuel, natural resource, and land managers, practitioners, and scientists together to address regional wildland fire management needs and challenges. Please see the JFSP website (www.firescience.gov) for additional information about the FSEN. This solicitation is seeking individual proposals (i.e., each proposal must be specific to one region) for the following four regions of the FSEN: Alaska, California, Great Basin, and Pacific Islands.

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19-1-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current master and doctoral students enrolled at colleges or universities within the US in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of a GRIN award is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work. 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 management- or policy-related questions related to one or more of the following topic areas: " Fuels management and fire behavior " Emissions and air quality " Fire effects and post-fire recovery " Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire " Human dimensions of fire View FOA

Closed on May 16, 2019

19-2-01 Effectiveness of fuel breaks and fuel break systems More Information Actions
The objectives of this task statement are to: (1) identify or develop metrics (standards) to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance, (2) evaluate fuel breaks and fuel break systems against these standards, and (3) identify necessary improvements in the implementation of operational fire behavior models and their data input requirements relative to assessing fuel break and fuel break system effectiveness. Proposers must address all research needs below to be considered responsive to this task statement. Research proposals are sought that identify or develop metrics to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance and the applicability of these metrics to operational fire behavior models, with a particular interest in the performance of fuel break systems at landscape and regional scales. Although ongoing work in the Great Basin provides an opportunity to address the research needs below, proposals that address other regions and vegetation types are welcome. Research proposals should identify fire environment factors such as fuel moisture, wind, and relative humidity relative to fuel break characteristics (bare ground, vegetative) that will be considered in the development of metrics. Specific research needs include: 1. Identify or develop quantitative and qualitative metrics (standards) to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance. Metrics should be based on end-user needs and enable quantifying how fuel breaks and fuel break systems affect short- and long-term risk from wildfire to firefighters, human communities, and cultural and natural resources. 2. Evaluate against the above standards existing or planned fuel breaks and fuel break systems, with respect to their fire environment and characteristics (e.g., treatment type, species involved when a biotic fuel break) and effectiveness. 3. Identify the relative change in risk to values of concern from designing and installing fuel breaks as a system versus installing individual fuel breaks. 4. Identify necessary improvements in the implementation of operational fire behavior models, modeling processes, and data input requirements (e.g., fuel models) through model calibration, evaluation, and validation that incorporate the standards above and support overall improvement in model output interpretation as a means to assess fuel break and fuel break system effectiveness. View FOA

Closed on May 16, 2019

19-2-02 Reducing damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire More Information Actions
The objectives of this task statement are to: (1) evaluate and improve methodologies to quantify potential damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire within a risk management framework that accounts for wildfires of different intensities/severities and their probabilities of occurrence in space and time, (2) understand the role of changing fuel conditions from active management and fire suppression operations with respect to reducing wildfire-induced damages and losses to valued resources and (3) inform the development of outcome-based metrics used in risk assessments to assess potential impacts (benefits, as well as damages and losses) of wildfire to valued resources. Proposers must address all research needs (1, 2, and 3) below to be considered responsive to this task statement. Research proposals are sought that use historical or new data to evaluate active management actions, alone or in conjunction with fire suppression operations, in terms of their ability to reduce wildfire risk as measured by reduced damages and losses to valued resources. Proposals should address the research needs at landscape to regional scales and demonstrate how data will be used to evaluate or improve methodologies, including economic models, that can be used to assess wildfire risk to valued resources. Studied valued resources should reflect landscapes/regions and land management priorities that have broad applicability. Specific research needs include: 1. Evaluate and improve methodologies to assess potential damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire within a risk management framework. 2. Quantitatively evaluate the performance of one or more active management tools, alone and, if possible, in conjunction with fire suppression operations, on the degree to which wildfire-induced damages and losses to valued resources are reduced. 3. Use information from research needs 1 and 2 to inform the development of new outcome-based metrics to measure how impacts to values can change under wildfires of different intensities/severities. View FOA

Closed on May 16, 2019

19-3-01 Regional Science Exchange and Outreach More Information Actions
The objective of this task statement is to solicit proposals to lead and execute a particular regional fire science exchange for a period of three years. The JFSP funds and provides oversight to a national collaborative of 15 regional wildland fire science exchanges: the Fire Science Exchange Network (FSEN). The FSEN provides the most relevant, current wildland fire science information to federal, state, local, tribal, and private stakeholders within ecologically similar regions. The FSEN brings fire, fuel, natural resource, and land managers, practitioners, and scientists together to address regional wildland fire management needs and challenges. Please see the JFSP website (www.firescience.gov) for additional information about the FSEN. This solicitation is seeking individual proposals (i.e., each proposal must be specific to one region) for the following two regions of the FSEN: Great Plains, and Southern Rockies (see map below). Note: initial funding will be for two years only; however, proposers may be asked to submit proposals for additional funding periods up to five years total if funding is available. Note: The Board has set capped funding levels for proposals responding to this FOA based on various criteria. Proposals responding for the Great Plains region are capped at no more than $200,000 per year including indirect costs. Proposals responding for the Southern Rockies region are capped at no more than $150,000 per year including indirect costs. Proposals received that request more than the capped amount will not be considered. Proposals submitted in response to the current announcement must include information regarding (1) responsiveness to the task statement; (2) region-specific science delivery and outreach activities tailored to the region of interest and how such activities are relevant to that region; (3) exchange partners; (4) interactions with any existing science delivery efforts within the region, including US Geological Survey and US Forest Service activities; (5) end-user communities and interactions, (6) logic model (guidance for development of logic models is available at https://www.firescience.gov/documents/JFSP_Evaluation_Resource_Guide_2015.pdf), 7) proposed governance structure for the exchange (e.g., advisors and advisory bodies, steering committees, etc.); and (8) proposed science delivery innovations. Proposals should specifically describe how end-user communities will be engaged to determine their information needs and priorities and they were involved in the development of the proposal. Proposed activities should be summarized in an activity/output table. See the proposal template and format associated with this announcement on the JFSP website for more information. The JFSP has identified six overarching objectives for the FSEN. Proposals are not required to address all of these objectives, but are encouraged to address as many as can be effectively managed or suggest additional objectives identified through interactions with practitioners and managers. See Funding Opportunity Announcement for full description of objectives. View FOA

Closed on May 16, 2019