U.S. EPA Accepting Applications Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services Grant Program
For many people, the relationship between ecosystems and their own health and well-being can be unclear. This makes it difficult for individuals as well as communities to consider ecosystems and the services they provide in personal and organizational decision making. However, decisions—particularly at the community level—can be made significantly more robust and sustainable if they consider the benefits of ecosystems and the impacts of human activity on ecosystems.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being. Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices. It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems. The ultimate goal is to help communities achieve their own objectives.
In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career Principal Investigators (PIs). The early career awards will support research performed by PIs with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. See Section III of the Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.
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Grant Award: Up to a total of $600,000 for regular awards and $400,000 for early-career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of three years.
Eligibility: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Partnerships and community engagement are strongly encouraged for this research.
Technical Contact - Anne Sergeant (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 202-564-6474
Eligibility Contact - Ron Josephson (email@example.com); phone: 202-564-7823
Electronic Submissions - Debra M. Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 202-564-7839
Application Deadline: April 21, 2016
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