Firefighters manage a prescribed fire for a Joint Fire Science research project at Zion National Park. (NPS/David Eaker)
BY KAREN DANTE-WOOD
In 1998, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to develop a Joint Fire Science Program and Plan to prioritize and provide sound scientific studies to support the land management agencies and other stakeholders in addressing issues associated with wildland fire. Since then, the Joint Fire Science Program has released an annual cycle of open and competitive, peer reviewed proposal solicitations for current wildland fire research priorities.
The FY2021 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is now open! The Joint Fire Science Program is soliciting proposals from both government and non-government entities in three areas – Primary, Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN), and Regional Fire Science Exchange.
Through annual cycles, the Joint Fire Science Program has funded important research that has made its way to managers, including but not limited to fire ember production, estimating fire smoke related health, and post-fire seeding treatments. On-going research includes modeling the impact of COVID-19 on wildfire management, co-production of wildland fire science and more. Current and past research can be found here.
Getting research findings into the hands of managers, practitioners and policymakers is critically important. Close collaboration and partnership between scientists and managers is needed to develop information on how to treat hazardous fuels, reduce the threat of severe wildland fires, address smoke issues, plan for post fire recovery, and restore or maintain the appropriate role of fire in ecosystems. This is possible thanks in part to the Joint Fire Science Program!
Please consider applying to advance wildland fire research supporting sound decisions on the ground.
Proposals are due by September 30th, 2020 through grants.gov. For any questions about the Funding Opportunity Announcement, please contact Ed Brunson (Program Manager) at email@example.com or 208-387-5975.
Karen Dante-Wood is a Technology Transfer Specialist for the Joint Fire Science Program at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.