News & Events



National Park Service Financial Assistance Policy FAP&P 1443-2017-02  & the posted Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

We are encouraging all non-federal partners to respond to the NOFO as soon as possible, if you plan to have projects funded through the NPS in this year or in future years.  Technically the NOFO has a deadline of 12/31/17 but the new policy goes into effect in early June and any awards after that time will be issued under these new rules.  Each CESU non-federal partner can apply to the NOFO which allows for the award of a master cooperative agreement to the individual partner.  Please be sure that your narrative proposal is up-to-date when you submit your NOFO application. The master cooperative agreements awarded under this notice will be used to award future task agreements for the NPS.

To assist with your application, we developed a summary of the NOFO application requirements and sample 424s.

Summary of NOFO Requirements

Sample 424s

Submit applications via e-mail (for Desert Southwest CESU Network) [on page 14 of NOFO]:





For proposal narrative questions, contact Sallie Hejl (   520-621-7998)

For SF424 Form questions, contact Lynn Frazier (    520-621-0026)


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Natural Resources Support: Bird Airstrike Hazard Support, Vance AFB. Due date no later than May 21, 2019. 

Natural Resources Support: Pollinators, Edwards AFB, CA. Due date no later than May 24, 2019. 


The Soil and Plant Science Division of the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, is pleased to announce the posting on Grants.Gov of a Notification of Funding Opportunity (NFO) for soils and ecological research in 12 priority topic areas to be awarded by July 5, 2019, with an award period of performance to start by September 1, 2019.  There will be a total of $1,920,000 dollars in funded research awarded, ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 depending on the topic area.  Eligibility is limited to institutions of higher education in the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) network.

Submitted materials must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on June 3, 2019.  Delivery information, topic funding levels, and proposal specifications are given in the NFO document.

Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-SOIL-19-GEN0010134

CFDA Number:  10.903

Full Announcement_USDA-NRCS-NHQ-SOIL-19-GEN0010134.pdf



Conway Science Fellowship- Deadline for submission June 30

The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the Conway Science Fellowship, funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway.  The fellowship will benefit the National Park Service through innovative scientific research that can inform park management.

As the National Park Service begins its second century of park conservation, it strives to ensure that science-based research—capable of transforming our nation’s understanding and appreciation of its natural and cultural heritage—remains a key component of national park management.

Three teams consisting of a faculty or senior scientist mentor and a postdoc fellow (within three years of receiving their doctorate degree) will be selected to embark on innovative science research. The applicant(s) will be the faculty employed at the research institution, who will select an appropriate postdoc fellow. Each of the three fellows will focus on a different topical area that addresses some of the National Park Service’s emerging resource management challenges: 1) Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship, 2) Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship, and 3) Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale.

We are hoping to attract great minds and great ideas through this competitive fellowship.  We hope you will consider the opportunity to make a difference by contributing your talents in the stewardship of our national treasures.

For more information and to apply visit:



The Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW). March 30 - April 2, 2020.