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Herpetofauna Survey at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi $95,500.00

Project Title: Herpetofauna Survey at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, MississippiResponses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for this project. Approximately $95,500 is expected to be available to support this project for the base year. Additional funding may be available for additional tasks and/or follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee. Background: Provide support to NAS Meridian, Mississippi, Wildlife Species Management Program activities associated with herpetological species. Brief Description of Anticipated Work: This research focuses on the following objectives: “See Attached DRAFT Statement of Objectives” NOTE: At this time we are only requesting that you demonstrate available qualifications and skills for performing similar or same type of work. You will be evaluated for request for a proposal based on skills and qualifications demonstrated in your SOI. Period of Performance. This effort includes one 18 month period of performance. Note: A full study proposal and proposed budget are NOT requested at this time. Review of Statements Received: All statements of interest received will be evaluated by a board comprised of one or more people at the receiving installation or activity, who will determine which statement(s) best meet the program objectives. Based on a review of the Statements of Interest received, an investigator or investigators will be invited to prepare a full study proposal. Statements will be evaluated based on the investigator’s specific experience and capabilities in areas related to the study requirements. Please send responses or direct questions to: Sandy Justman Grants Specialist USACE, Fort Worth District Email: Sandra.justman@usace.army.mil Kathy Mitchell Environmental Agreements PM/Biologist USACE, Regional Planning & Environmental Center Email: kathy.s.mitchell@usace.army.mil Office: 817-886-1709 Timeline for Review of Statements of Interest: RSOI’s required to be posted on www.Grants.gov for 30 days, prior to the Government making a decision and requesting full proposals. Responses are due by 5:00 P.M., Central Time, on 25 July 2022.

“Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) Vegetation Analysis and Support for Autonomous Vehicle Testing and GPS evaluation in Mixed Vegetation Terrain” $75,000.00

Background: Understanding how Global Positioning System (GPS) signals are influenced by vegetation structure allows for the determination of how specific technologies might be affected in certain forested environments. The work we are seeking shall involve creating detailed vegetation structure models and assessment of GPS coverage to support assured position, navigation, timing (APNT) activities and tests in forested and mixed topographic relief areas. Brief Description of Anticipated Work: Provide detailed vegetation data analysis for assessment of loss and degraded GPS signals which could include canopy structure, speciation, and dimensionality. Applicant would create and supply these data prior to APNT field tests and would provide technical assistance in analyzing vegetation during tests. 2) Provide field base of operations for position, navigation, and timing experiments including outdoor space, laboratory space (computer, wet, dry), wooded and non-wooded terrain drives, and collaboration space. Facilities must have high speed internet and availability for web conferencing. Local geodetic control monuments to aid in measurements and terrain input for maneuvers are required. 3) Provide access to spatial data including current and detailed aerial imagery and other field systems (web based), to assist in identifying and “pre-delineate” areas that would not be suitable for navigation experiments. 4) Acquire and provide access to on-site real-time data for experiments including, continually operated reference sites/real-time kinematic (CORS/RTK) GPS and real-time meteorological data with known geodetic control. 5) Provide access to dormitory facilities for use in multiday experiments. 6) Provide vessel support and crew for testing sensors for aquatic navigation

NIJ FY 2022 Invited to Apply - Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium $2,900,000.00

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks to continue funding the Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium. The consortium informs NIJ’s research and development efforts, as well as NIJ’s stakeholders — criminal justice practitioners, policymakers, researchers, federal partners, and private industry by: 1) conducting technology foraging activities to identify technologies for potential use by criminal justice communities; 2) conducting characterization/comparative testing and evaluations on technologies and practices to disseminate information and/or promising practices for adoption; 3) administering the NIJ Compliance Testing Program (CTP); and 4) supporting the development, validation, and maintenance of criminal justice equipment standards. Statutory Authority: Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (sections 201 and 202); the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (sections 231-233, 235); and 28 U.S.C. 530C.

NIJ FY 2022 Invited to Apply - Criminal Justice Requirements and Resources Consortium $1,250,000.00

The purpose of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants program is to encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals to identify and assess the highest priority needs of criminal justice communities in order to enhance innovative criminal justice research and inform practitioners, policymakers, industry providers, and federal agencies, as well as NIJ, of those needs and their potential solutions. Innovation also comes from within these criminal justice agencies, therefore NIJ is looking to continue supporting programs such as Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS), an NIJ program designed to increase the in-house research capabilities of law enforcement officers and agencies. Statutory Authority: Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (sections 201 and 202); the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (sections 231-233, 235); and 28 U.S.C. 530C.

Enhancing the Impact of Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace $1,000,000.00

The Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice (J/GCJ) works to prevent atrocities, mitigate their effects, and end impunity by fostering justice and accountability to enhance respect for human dignity and stability worldwide. GCJ seeks to strengthen accountability mechanisms to investigate and prosecute those responsible for serious international crimes committed during both armed conflict and times of peace (including those involving killings, sexual violence, arbitrary detentions, torture, and missing persons) and to encourage the highest standards in investigations conducted by prosecutors and civil society actors. GCJ seeks applications for one award in/for Colombia to provide specialized support to address challenges that are common to domestic atrocity crime transitional justice processes, particularly when it comes to addressing large-scale system crimes, reaching a broad cross-section of conflict victims, and contributing to a holistic transitional justice strategy.

Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences Varies

NSF seeks to establish a Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences (SCMCS) that will advance our ability to explain and predict complex molecular and cellular phenomena through innovative synthesis and integration of available biological data and related scientific knowledge. The Center will provide the vision, infrastructure, and expertise to support communities in drawing together information, including data, methods, conceptual frameworks, theories, and models that are currently dispersed across different scientific domains, in order to address compelling, multi-scale questions and open new avenues of inquiry in the molecular and cellular biosciences. To accomplish this vision, the Center will adopt open science principles and team science approaches that enable data sharing and effective, inclusive collaborations among researchers across biological, chemical, computational, mathematical, and physical sciences and engineering disciplines. In addition to supporting information synthesis to enable research, the Center will develop training programs that empower new generations of researchers to solve challenging problems using data-intensive, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative science. The Center is also expected to serve as an exemplar in engaging diverse scientists from different types of institutions and across disciplinary, demographic, and geographic lines. By creating a rich environment for researchers to share and create new knowledge, the Center will help catalyze a revolution in understanding the molecular and cellular underpinnings of life. In doing so, the Center will shape the future of many scientific fields and have a profound impact on the progress of science and society.

Community -Led Monitoring $25,000.00

CLM funds are meant for activities that are community-driven and serve the community at large where they are being funded. Not-for-profit organizations including civil society, non-governmental organizations, traditional community groups and faith-based organizations, public and private educational institutions are eligible. PEPFAR-funded implementing partners or sub-awardees who currently work on service delivery at the site level are not eligible to apply in the region(s) they currently work. Eligibility Requirements: 1. Eligible organizations must have experience of successfully implementing programs. 2. Eligible organizations must have experience working in the region for which they are applying to implement the CLM program. 3. An organization may apply for consideration for more than one region but is only eligible to receive one CLM award.

F23AS00018 - Sea Duck Joint Venture FY23 Competitive Grants $300,000.00

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 two are listed as species of concern under 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. In FY 2023, the SDJV will accept proposals for the following priority research needs stepped down from the broader focal areas identified in the SDJV Strategic Plan (available at http://seaduckjv.org). 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. SDJV considers the following species high priority because of the magnitude of information needs of each given an assessment of available information and predicted current/future stressors: Common Eider, King Eider, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and Barrow’s Goldeneye. Funded projects can focus on other sea duck species if they fit the following priority research needs, but projects on high priority species are preferred. SDJV priority research needs for FY 2023 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, particularly Long-tailed Ducks, western Harlequin Ducks, and King Eiders. Improve the quality of data and information on sea ducks by exploring alternative protocols, improved analytical methods, or new technology. Desired products include: (a) A review of current efforts, information and technological gaps, and suggestions for future research and efforts for aerial survey methods. 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. (c) The development of remote tracking techniques including tags, remote sensing, and other tools that have specific applications to our other priorities. (d) The collection and integration of Indigenous Knowledge to inform broad questions about sea duck ecology and management related to SDJV 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, (b) habitat suitability models for priority sea duck species; (c) 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, (d) evaluation of the effects of wind energy and other industrial and agricultural development on sea ducks, and (e) development and testing of potential methods to reduce negative effects of industrial or agricultural development on sea ducks. Improve our understanding of the viewpoints of various stakeholders in sea duck conservation. Desired products include, but are not limited to, estimates of the size and composition of fall/winter general hunting and spring/summer subsistence harvest, an assessment of the derivation and distribution of harvest, an assessment of the values and concerns of other stakeholders, including birdwatchers, the waterfowl management community, habitat joint ventures, and other groups, and the collection and integration 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. 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/.

Building Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biology, Mitigating Climate Change, Sustainability and Biotechnology Varies

Microbes and communities of microbes have remarkable genetic, physiological and biochemical diversity, allowing them to flourish in environments all over the planet and in a variety of substrates and hosts. Given their relative importance to ecosystems around the world, to the economy and to health, researchers have studied microbial systems extensively and have a better understanding of their capabilities and impacts on hosts and the environment. In recent years, researchers have increasingly turned to microbes and their diverse capabilities for bioremediation and applications in biotechnology, agriculture, and medicine. Because of advances in molecular biology, synthetic biology and bioengineering, researchers now have the ability to assemble synthetic microbial communities that have novel compositions, genetics and phenotypes and to use these communities to address both fundamental biological questions and a range of societal problems. The goal of this solicitation is to support research that addresses one or more of the three themes: 1) define the underlying mechanisms or rules that drive the formation, maintenance or evolution of synthetic microbial communities, 2) use synthetic microbial communities to address fundamental biological questions, including questions in molecular biology, cellular/organismal biology, ecology and evolution and/or 3) build synthetic communities with biotechnology, bioeconomy or environmental engineering applications, including but not limited to the production of novel biorenewable chemicals, biodegradation of recalcitrant or “forever chemicals,” enabling a circular bioeconomy, fostering sustainable agriculture and mitigating the impacts of climate change. For theme 3, the emphasis should be on designing communities with novel capabilities and understanding the underlying mechanisms that lead to these novel capabilities. Proposals must address one or more of the three themes noted above. Highest funding priority is given to proposals that have outstanding intellectual merit and broader impacts, while proposals with weaknesses in either category (or those that are perceived as likely to have an incremental impact) will not be competitive. The most competitive broader impacts include assessment plans. Well-conceived broader impacts activities take time and resources; thus, proposers are encouraged to include appropriate costs for broader impacts in the budget. To better understand the societal benefits and risks, as well as the potential for misuse or unintended damage to natural biological systems, synthetic microbial communities proposals should include a careful consideration of the social, ethical, and biosafety/security dimensions of the research. Investigators may choose to address these issues either as part of intellectual merit or broader impacts. Reproducibility in research leads to data that is amenable to more powerful analysis and the potential for reuse of data and greater generation of knowledge. Reproducibility in biological research that is prone to context dependent biological variation presents a unique challenge for the synthetic microbial communities researchers. Investigators must follow or advance best practices in sample collection and preparation, experimental design, data analysis, model generation, and/or validation of mathematical and computational methods to produce scientifically defensible results.

NIJ FY 2022 Invited to Apply - Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development: Social Development Sub-study (ABCD: SD) $2,000,000.00

OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. The purpose of this solicitation is to provide funding for a sub-study involving five of the 21 NIDA-funded ABCD Study sites to include measures of delinquency and victimization in their investigations. Statutory Authority: Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (sections 201 and 202); 28 USC § 530C.