For undocumented aspiring scientists, funding remains in limbo

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Ineligible for federal grants, undocumented science students must rely on private fellowships—which often depend on DACA.

EPA 2017 Regional/State Innovation Projects

EPA’s Office of Research and Development  (ORD) provided an opportunity for the EPA regions to submit proposals for projects using innovative approaches to address regional and state science priorities.

The selected projects address environmental and human health problems in 14 states across all 10 regions through partnerships between ORD, regional offices, and states. They focus on a wide variety of issues from non-point source nitrogen pollution and volatile organic compound emission detection to harmful algal blooms and roadway air pollution near schools.

The projects employed one or more innovation approaches to work on solutions to these problems: five use citizen science and crowdsourcing, one uses a challenge and prize competition, seven use advanced monitoring technologies, and one uses social science. These projects directly address challenges faced by state agencies and demonstrate how advancing science is essential to the work of states and EPA regions.

New EPA Tool Helps Communities Access More Than $10 Billion in Water Infrastructure Financing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching the Water Finance Clearinghouse, a web‐based portal to help communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. The Clearinghouse provides communities with a searchable database with more than $10 billion in water funding sources and over 550 resources to support local water infrastructure projects. It consolidates and expands upon existing EPA-supported databases to create a one-stop-shop for all community water finance needs. The Water Finance Clearinghouse was developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, an information and assistance center that provides financing information to help local decision makers make informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure to reach their public health and environmental goals.
“Every day, Americans depend on water infrastructure to ensure that their drinking water is safe and that local waterways stay clean,” said EPA’s Office of Water’s Deputy Assistant Administrator D. Lee Forsgren. “Investing in water infrastructure sustains local economies by creating jobs, protecting public health, and increasing quality of life. EPA’s Clearinghouse is a vital portal that helps connect communities with the information and tools they need to finance much needed water infrastructure improvement projects.”

Many communities around the country have aging or inadequate water infrastructure: each year approximately 240,000 main breaks occur while elsewhere billions of gallons of raw sewage are discharged into local surface waters from aging conveyance systems. Communities increasingly need efficient access to up-to-date water finance information to rehabilitate or replace their water infrastructure. EPA’s new Water Finance Clearinghouse meets this need.

The Water Finance Clearinghouse gives local decision makers an opportunity to search for available funding sources for water infrastructure as well as resources (such as reports, webpages, and webinars) on financing mechanisms and approaches that can help communities access capital to meet their water infrastructure needs. State, federal, local, and foundation funding sources and resources on public-private partnerships, asset management practices, revenue models, and affordability approaches are included in the Clearinghouse.

The Water Finance Clearinghouse is updated in real-time, following a crowdsourcing model. States, federal agencies, and other water sector stakeholders have the ability to suggest edits and new resources or funding options at any time through the Contributor Portal. Stakeholders can use this interactive feature to manage how their programs and initiatives are displayed in the Clearinghouse.

EPA webinars on how to use the Clearinghouse are scheduled for:

  • July 27
  • July 31
  • August 3
  • August 14
  • August 18
  • August 24
  • August 31

All webinars will be held 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. You can register for a webinar at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4533646364837520386

More information on the Clearinghouse: https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/water-finance-clearinghouse

Climate Resilience Funding Guide

The Model Forestry Policy Program has compiled the Climate Resilience Funding Guide to help communities identify financial support for climate adaptation projects.

This guide identifies established funding programs that have evolved to provide funding for climate adaptation activities and matches those funding sources with local adaptation goals.

The Climate Resilience Funding Guide features 34 grant programs that support climate adaptation work.

Turning the Page on Campus Paper Use

AASHE invites applications from institutions to join a cohort of 10 to 12 AASHE members that will receive in-depth training, guidance and tools to implement a behavior-based paper saving program on their campus. Representatives of these institutions will participate in a day-long, in-person training at the 2017 AASHE Conference and Expo. Participants will receive ongoing support over the course of the upcoming academic year to refine, implement and evaluate their paper saving campaigns. Applications are due by August 18.

Funding: Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program Grants

Applications due Sep 30, 2017
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289863

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas.

Geographic focus areas are where the Coastal Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity.

Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the regional Coastal Program office prior to submitting an application for funding.Authorizing statues include Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742a-c, 747e-742j; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661 667(e).

Funding: Climate Program Office 2018

Applications due Sep 11, 2017.
For more information, visit http://cpo.noaa.gov/Grants

CPO supports competitive research through three major program areas: Ocean Observations and Monitoring (OOM); Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM); and Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI). Through this Announcement, CPO’s activities are seeking applications for seven individual competitions in FY 2018. Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its Programs, as well as specific Program priorities for FY 2018.

The 7 competitions covered by this Announcement are as follows:

  • AC4 – The Role of Reactive Nitrogen in Biogenic VOC Oxidation and Aerosol Formation
  • MAPP – Advancing Earth System Data Assimilation
  • MAPP – Addressing Key Issues in CMIP6-era Earth System Models
  • MAPP – Climate Test Bed – Advancing NOAA’s Operational Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction Capability
  • OOM – High-quality data sets for enhancing predictions and informing stakeholders
  • SARP – Extreme Events Preparedness, Planning, and Adaptation Within the Water Sector
  • SARP – Coping with Drought in Support of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)