National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers


To enable the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC) to be responsive to the research and management needs of Federal and State agencies by working with partners to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes and the mechanisms for adaptation to, mitigation of, or prevention of those impacts. Center activities will focus on providing national and regional habitat and population modeling and forecasting tools, integrating physical climate models with ecological models, assessing vulnerabilities and forecasting changes, and developing standardized approaches.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 No current data available. Approximately 50 climate change science project grants or cooperative agreements (new or continued from prior years) across eight DOI CSCs and NCCWSC totaling approximately $6.5 Million.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018 the NRCASC program funded over 48 projects totaling $6.0 Million that address the DOI priorities.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019 the NRCASC program anticipates approximately 50 projects totaling $6.5 Million focused on the DOI priorities.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY 2020 the NRCASC program anticipates receiving over 100 applications and issuing approximately 50 project awards totaling $6.5 Million focused on the DOI priorities.
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161, Public Law 110-161, 43 U.S.C. 36(d)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
There are eight (8) DOI Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (RCASC); each CASC has a single "Host Institution" that is eligible to apply on behalf of themselves and members of the CASC university consortium: Alaska CASC: University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Southeast CASC: North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Northwest CASC: University of Washington, Seattle; Southwest CASC: University of Arizona, Tucson; North Central CASC: University of Colorado, Boulder; South Central CASC: Oklahoma University, Norman; Northeast CASC: University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Pacific Islands CASC: University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Research scientists, policy makers, natural resource managers, educators, and the general public will benefit from the program.
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed education, outreach, science coordination and research activities.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site
Award Procedure
Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (
[N/A, Contact the NCASC (National office) or the RCASC (regional office), as appropriate for application deadlines]
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Four to six months after submittal of proposal or Bureau receipt of appropriations, whichever is later.
Not applicable.
Awards for specific scientific activities and research may be from one to several years depending upon the subject matter. Renewals will be subject to adequate reporting and performance and are also subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Application proposals will be reviewed by the appropriate geographical DOI CASC Center Director and/or the headquarters NCASC Chief to ensure projects fall within the authorized program purpose. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Department of the Interior. Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.
How may assistance be used?
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers were developed according to a consistent national strategy and are managed at the national level by the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC). National coordination of research, modeling, and other scientific and data management matters at the DOI CASCs will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations. NCASC will develop cooperative agreements and/or grants with the DOI CSCs at the primary hosting Universities to conduct specific research, data gathering, data management and similar scientific activities. For further information, please contact the NCASC or Regional DOI CASC office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.
Records shall be retained and made available for audit for 3 years after submission of final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each project.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Headquarters Office, below.
Headquarters Office
Nadine Hartke,
Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), MS-300 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192 US
Phone: (703) 648-4607.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$6,000,000.00; FY 19 est $6,500,000.00; FY 20 est $6,500,000.00; FY 17$6,500,000.00; - Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period. Obligations for the climate change science projects will be made under the NCCWSC and DOI CSC program activity via grants or cooperative agreement awards through the USGS Office of Acquisitions and Grants (OAG).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range for individual NRCASC financial assistance awards (individual projects) is up to $1,000,000 in FY 2019.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Many of our projects are on a regional-scale, answering questions that relate to ecosystems, coastlines, or landscapes that cross state boundaries. Various projects were initiated in FY 2017 across eight (8) Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers. Our science projects resulted in the release of over 165 new publications and over 115 new datasets. New findings from one NCASC-supported study revealed that hybridization, or the interbreeding of species, is increasing between native and invasive trout across the northern Rocky Mountains. These interactions pose a serious threat to biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems and may have important implications for resource managers and anglers. Also in FY17, the Northeast and North Central CASCs were honored for their leadership in helping the nation’s natural resources become more resilient to the impacts of a changing world. The Northeast CASC was recognized for their work with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to develop the Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool to help resource managers access information on the vulnerabilities of fish, wildlife and habitats; and explore adaptation actions to promote resilient natural communities. The North Central CASC was recognized for their work with the Wind River Tribal Water Engineer’s Office and Water Resources Control Board and other partners to support drought preparedness on the Wind River Reservation. The North Central CASC was also recognized for the project “Building Social and Ecological Resilience to Climate Change in Southwestern Colorado” which is an on-going project studying the impacts of climate change as it relates to higher temperatures, prolonged drought, accelerated snowmelt, larger and more intense fires, and extreme storms as well as the spread of invasive species. These changes put livelihoods, ecosystems and species at risk. The project focuses communities in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan and Gunnison river basins, this project will expand opportunities for scientists, land managers, and affected residents to identify actions that can support resilience and adaptation in the face of changing climate conditions. Projects in FY 2017 were selected based on CSC Science Plans and directed science initiatives. Projects were both internally funded (USGS and other Federal Agencies) and externally funded (via Cooperative Agreements or Grants).
Fiscal Year 2018 Improving Forecasts of Glacier Outburst Flood Events (AK CASC); Developing Adaptation Strategies for Recreational and Tribal Fisheries in the Upper Midwest (NACS) and Mapping Conservation Management Efforts to Increase Coordination in the Rio Grande Basin (South Central CASC)
Fiscal Year 2019 Program anticipates funding projects that address the DOI Priorities
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding.


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