DCL: Planning Proposals to Catalyze Innovative and Inclusive Wildland Fire Science through Diverse Collaborations

To begin to address the complex issues posed by wildland fires, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). This DCL calls for proposals that engage diverse stakeholders and rights holders in innovative and inclusive wildland fire science.

A planning proposal is a type of proposal used to support initial conceptualization, planning and collaboration activities that aim to formulate new and sound plans for large-scale projects in current and emerging research areas for future submission to an NSF program.

Proposals are encouraged to address themes that are relevant to a variety of communities interacting with wildland fire. The Project Description of a planning proposal must articulate the desired outcomes of the proposal describing creative strategies and new collaborations aimed at bringing together diverse perspectives for building fire science research capacity and improving understanding of the use, causes, and consequences of future wildland fires. Planning proposals must draw participants from diverse sectors, describing activities that bring together an appropriate group of researchers, engineers, educators, and practitioners from academia, industry, government (e.g., Tribal, federal, state, local), and/or nonprofit organizations.

Planning proposals can be submitted at any time following the detailed instructions in the DCL, but should be submitted no later than May 31, 2023, for consideration during Fiscal Year 2023. Please note that PIs must obtain prior written approval before submitting a proposal in response to this DCL Inquiries can be sent to wildlandfire@nsf.gov.

Two webinars will be hosted by NSF Program Officers about the DCL and to answer questions;

  1. Tuesday, October 18 from 1-2 pm Eastern and
  2. Wednesday, November 30 from 11 am- 12 pm Eastern.

You can register for either session at this link. A summary of the presentation will be available after the second webinar concludes.

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