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RFI: Engineered Strategies for Net-Negative Emissions Pathways via Enhanced Terrestrial Ecosystems Varies

Request for Information (RFI): Engineered Strategies for Net-Negative Emissions Pathways via Enhanced Terrestrial Ecosystems This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. This RFI is not soliciting application for financial assistance. The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future programs. The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future research programs. ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broad research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions. ARPA-E is seeking insight into both parallel and exclusive approaches to terrestrial carbon removal and sequestration, including, but not limited to, approaches that employ recent advancements in biological, geochemical, or hybrid technologies. Additionally, ARPA-E is requesting information on how agriculture systems and feedstock crops may be engineered and bred to better feed into economically viable BECCS pathways for large-scale, near-term carbon removal opportunities. To view the RFI in its entirety, please visit https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov. The information you provide may be used by ARPA-E in support of program planning. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program $150,000.00

Through the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program, the NWS Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI) is soliciting proposals to conduct research and development activities. The CSTAR Program represents an NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental, social and behavioral sciences. These activities will engage university researchers and students in applied research of interest to the operational meteorological community. The focus of this announcement is on research and development topics related to the improvement of weather, water, and climate services to historically underserved and socially vulnerable communities. There is one grant competition under this announcement valued at approximately $800,000 for five to seven new projects.

Conservation and Climate Resilience Partnerships with Land Trust Alliance $196,000.00

The scope of work will promote DoD’s land conservation and climate resilience goals to land trusts and provide training opportunities for land trusts and installation personnel on issues concerning land conservation and nature-based solutions to climate change in landscapes around installations and ranges.

Climate Adaptation and Landscape-Scale Ecosystem Restoration for Military Installation Resilience $77,000,000.00

The scope of work will include and support compatible land use, ecosystem and wildlife conservation, military installation resilience, and climate change adaptation.

STEAM and Environment Summer Camp $10,000.00

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATEWHA / U. S. EMBASSY NASSAUNotice of Funding OpportunityFunding Opportunity Title: STEAM and Environment Summer CampFunding Opportunity Number: SBF50021GR3004Deadline for Applications: August 31, 2021Assistance Listing Number: 19.040Total Amount Available: $10,000PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe U.S. Embassy Nassau / Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. Department ofState announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out aprogram to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) andEnvironmental Education for at-risk Youth in the Bahamas. Please follow all instructions below.Program Objectives:In his inaugural address, President Biden stated, “We will repair our alliances and engage withthe world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s. We willlead not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example.”The U. S. Department of State is working with international organizations, civil society, andother governments to support policies and programs that conserve and restore forests; promotesustainable agriculture and fisheries; stop illegal logging, mining, and fishing; and combatwildlife trafficking and marine plastic pollution. These policies and programs help preserve theplanet’s natural beauty and provide economic benefits for generations to come.Additionally, the U. S. Department of State executes public diplomacy programs that promotethe value of science to the general public. It also implements capacity-building programs thattrain young men and women to become science and technology entrepreneurs, strengtheninginnovation ecosystems globally. The Department’s efforts contribute to scientific enterprises thathasten economic growth and advance U.S. foreign policy priorities.The U. S. Embassy Nassau supports programs which empower youth and develop the cutting edgeskills essential to an efficient and capable workforce. As a result of these priorities listedabove, the objective of the STEAM and Environment Summer Camp Federal Assistance Award(Grant) is to empower and educate underserved Bahamian Youth to join the fight against climatechange and protect their natural environment by teaching them valuable STEAM skills.The recipient will develop a summer camp program for underserved youth (age 10-18) thatempowers young Bahamians to create solutions to the climate change challenge through STEAMinitiatives. The four goals of the STEAM and Environment Summer Camp are:1. Foster the positive development and education of at-risk youth through exposure toSTEAM in support of environmental conservation and sustainability.2. Inspire and empower youth to think, design, experiment and create skills and interest forenvironmental and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) careers.3. Encourage youth to pursue and create their own solutions to combating the climatechange at the local level within their communities.4. To promote environmental and STEAM entrepreneurship among Bahamian Youth.The selected recipient will develop a curriculum and execute a Summer Camp for at-riskBahamian Youth focused on developing solutions to combat Climate Change in theircommunities utilizing STEAM and Entrepreneurship.The camp activities must occur during the summer of 2021 and follow COVID-19 protocols toensure the safety of all participants. The funding provided for the award should cover allprogrammatic expenses including stipends, equipment, materials and food for all participants.Cost sharing and/or matching by partnering with other organizations to execute the program isrecommended but not required. Applications will be awarded additional points in the review andscoring process for partnering with other organizations for some aspect of the program. As aresult of participating in this program, all youth should gain a greater appreciation for theenvironment, for their role in combatting climate change, and for STEAM careers.The proposed program should include a group community service project for all participants atthe end of the program; the community service project should be focused on environmentalconservation or sustainability, and the role of STEAM in combatting climate change.Participants and Audiences:The Participant profile for this program is at-risk Bahamian youth ages 10 – 18.

FY 2021 STEM Talent Challenge Program $250,000.00

EDA is seeking applications from eligible applicants to create and implement innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship models that complement their respective region’s innovation economy. The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation-driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.

Fiscal Year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Varies

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation activities. It does so with a recognition of the growing hazards associated with climate change1, and of the need for natural hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

DoD Reconstructive Transplant, Advanced Technology Development Award Varies

The FY21 RTRP Advanced Technology Development Award is intended to support research critical for the translation of promising preclinical findings into products focused on reconstructive transplantation. Important aspects of this award mechanism include: • Study Design and Feasibility: The proposed study design should be clearly described, rigorous, well-integrated, and support maximal reproducibility and translational feasibility. A statistical plan with appropriate power analysis should be included, if applicable. It should be clear how the proposed study design of this project will position the product for the next phase of development as described in the post-award Transition Plan (Attachment 9). • Impact/Military Relevance: The short- and long-term impact of the proposed research should be clearly articulated. Projects must address at least one of the FY21 RTRP Advanced Technology Development Award Focus Areas listed in Section II.A.1 above. All products to be developed should be responsive to the healthcare needs of military Service Members and/or Veterans recovering from traumatic injury, and/or their family members, caregivers, or clinicians, as well as the general public. Collaboration with military and VA researchers and clinicians is encouraged but not required. • Transition Plan: The post-award Transition Plan (Attachment 9) should include potential funding and resources and show how the product will progress to the next level of development (e.g., clinical trials, delivery to the military or civilian market) after the successful completion of this award. A regulatory strategy as applicable to the proposed research/product should also be included. • Preliminary Data: Proof of concept demonstrating potential utility of the proposed product, or a prototype/preliminary version of the proposed product, must already be established. Preliminary and/or published data that are relevant to reconstructive transplantation, and that support the rationale for the proposed study, must be included (these data may be unpublished if from a member of the research team, or from the published literature). Proposed research and products to be developed may be materiel products such as drugs, biologic agents, or devices, or knowledge-based products such as technical reports and clinical practice guidelines that inform clinical/operational decisions and promote evidence-based changes in clinical practice and standard of care. Proposed research may include animal research and/or human subjects research, as appropriate; however, clinical trials are not allowed under this funding opportunity.

Sea Duck Joint Venture FY2022 Competitive Grants $200,000.00

The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) is a conservation partnership under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). Its mission is to promote the conservation of North American sea ducks by providing greater scientific knowledge and understanding of sea duck biology and ecology to support effective management. The SDJV is composed of Federal and state/provincial wildlife agencies in Canada and the U.S., as well as non-governmental organizations and other entities committed to sea duck conservation. SDJV projects are accomplished through efficient public/private partnerships and cooperative funding. The SDJV is coordinated and administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Primary funding is provided to the SDJV through U.S. Congressional appropriations; some of this funding is made available through competitive grants to solicit partnerships that can address priority science needs of the SDJV. This funding opportunity is made under the authority of Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956; 16 U.S.C. 742. SDJV funding supports both the USFWS and Department of Interior (DOI) missions, and the DOI Secretary’s priorities related to conservation stewardship and protection. One of the purposes of the SDJV is to prevent further listings of sea duck species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), as two sea duck populations are already listed as threatened in the U.S., and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in Canada. Funded projects contribute sound science about sea duck populations and habitat needs that contribute to monitoring their status and addressing factors that diminish their abundance. Healthy sea duck populations support traditional harvests of sea ducks that are important for subsistence hunters in rural northern communities, and waterfowl hunting opportunities for hunters in the U.S. and Canada, particularly in coastal areas of the Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Pacific regions. The SDJV has evolved from a broad science program aimed at basic understanding of this least-known group of waterfowl species, to a program focused on specific elements most needed by managers to make informed decisions about sea duck conservation. The SDJV is currently updating its strategic plan, which will focus on the following broad topics: (1) Species of management concern. SDJV considers the following species high priority because of historical or current declines, and concerns about harvest potential or habitat limitations: American Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, and Barrow’s Goldeneye. (2) Population assessment. Improve methods that assess and monitor the status and trends of sea duck populations, and estimate population parameters to support development of models for management applications. (3) Harvest management. Improve assessment of fall/winter general hunting and spring/summer subsistence hunting to ensure that effective harvest strategies and regulatory frameworks are in place for sea duck populations. (4) Marine and terrestrial landscape conservation. Objectives in this focal area include: (a) finalize and disseminate the Sea Duck Key Sites Habitat Atlas; (b) assess the impact of potential stressors in key habitats from anthropogenic sources such as oil and gas development, wind energy development, aquaculture, and increased Arctic shipping; and, (c) develop methods to minimize such impacts to sea ducks. (5) Assess potential future stressors. Address data gaps regarding new and emerging issues, such as climate change and the recovery of predator populations, and how they may affect sea duck distribution and habitat use. (6) Human dimensions. Improve sea duck management by increasing integration of biological and social objectives, including the values of Indigenous communities, the public, hunters, birdwatchers, the conservation community, and industry. In FY 2022, the SDJV will accept proposals for the following priority research needs stepped down from our broader focal areas identified above. With this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), there is greater interest on studies that apply at larger scales than on site-specific studies at non-randomly selected locations. SDJV is also interested in projects that include objectives focusing on engagement of Indigenous communities, outreach and communication, student support, and development of new partnerships. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the SDJV Coordinators and JV associates in advance of submitting proposals to ensure that they understand the specific nature of the issues and consider advice on previous scientific work. More information on the SDJV’s previous work, strategies, and priorities is outlined in plans, reports, and products archived at http://seaduckjv.org/. SDJV priority research needs for FY 2022 include: Information on migratory connectivity and habitat use of sea ducks to improve survey design, harvest management, and development of conservation actions. New studies could target geographic gaps from previous satellite telemetry studies or analyze existing datasets. Priorities include, but are not limited to, large-scale projects that provide information on population delineation (Pacific vs. Atlantic) for species where populations overlap, and projects focusing on priority sea duck species. Improve the quality of data and information from aerial surveys by exploring alternative protocols, improved analytical methods, or new technology with a focus on identifying sea ducks to species and reducing observation biases. Desired products include: (a) A review of current efforts, information and technological gaps, and suggestions for future research and efforts. This would require assembling and reviewing the current methods available to automate the counting and speciation of sea ducks in aerial photographs and remotely sensed imagery, and determining the similarities, differences, strength, weaknesses, and most likely paths forward for automated counts of birds. (b) A method to integrate high-definition aerial survey data being collected at offshore wind areas throughout the Atlantic coast with sea duck monitoring priorities. Studies focused on estimating rates of fecundity (e.g., estimating breeding propensity, nesting phenology, clutch size, nest success, and/or fledging success on the breeding areas, or determining fall or winter age and sex ratios to provide an index of annual productivity) and survival (all life stages, and including harvest) of priority sea duck species. Large-scale projects focused on investigating factors that influence these demographic parameters and provide information to inform harvest estimates and population-level management decisions will be prioritized. Projects that test capture methods, occur in new areas, and/or contribute to developing cost-effective, large-scale approaches may also be considered for short-term funding. Identify and characterize ecological attributes of habitat used by priority sea duck species to determine critical dependencies and vulnerabilities to anthropogenic effects and climate change. Large-scale studies, and those focused on areas where increased development/human use is anticipated, will be prioritized. Desired products include, but are not limited to: (a) estimates of energetic demands or time activity budgets for molting or wintering sea ducks to inform future estimates of landscape carrying capacity, and (b) evaluation and prediction of the effects of climate change on sea ducks, including changes in northern breeding areas and coastal habitats, altered phenology of life history patterns, changes in food resources and predator landscapes, and other conditions that degrade or enhance productivity and survival. Improve harvest estimates of North American sea ducks for fall/winter general hunting and spring/summer subsistence hunting to ensure that effective harvest strategies and regulatory frameworks are in place. Desired products include, but are not limited to, estimates of the size and composition of the harvest, an assessment of the derivation and distribution of the harvest, an assessment of the values and concerns of stakeholders, and collection of Indigenous Knowledge regarding historical and current subsistence use of sea ducks. Assess the effect of changing predator communities (e.g., bald eagle, polar bear, mink, fox) on sea duck foraging behavior, breeding success, diurnal and long-term distribution patterns, and the effects of potential distribution shifts on the interpretation of survey data from long-term monitoring studies.

Species Recovery Grants to Tribes $300,000.00

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recognizes the unique importance of many protected species to tribes and values ongoing efforts by tribal nations to conserve and protect species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. 1535. NMFS is authorized to provide Federal assistance to tribes to support conservation programs for listed marine and anadromous species under its jurisdiction. This assistance, provided in the form of grants or cooperative agreements, can be used to support conservation of endangered, threatened, and candidate species or species proposed for listing, as well as post-delisting monitoring of recovered species. Proposals that address the recovery of one of the following endangered species are also encouraged as part of the agency’s Species in the Spotlight initiative: Gulf of Maine distinct population segment (DPS) of Atlantic salmon, white abalone, Cook Inlet DPS of beluga whales, Hawaiian monk seals, Pacific leatherback sea turtles, North Atlantic right whales, and southern resident DPS of killer whales. Funded activities may include development and implementation of management plans, scientific research, and public education and outreach. Only federally recognized tribes and organizations of federally recognized tribes, such as the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, that have delegated authority to represent a federally recognized tribe on matters relating to ESA listed, candidate, or proposed species, are eligible to apply. Proposals focusing on listed, candidate, or proposed species of Pacific salmon or steelhead will not be considered for funding under this grant program; such projects may be supported through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. This document describes how to prepare and submit proposals for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and how NMFS will determine which proposals will be funded. This document should be read in its entirety as some information has changed from previous announcements.