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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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Project Title: Cultural Resources Training Support for AIR FORCE CIVIL ENGINEER CENTER (AFCEC). Review of Statements of Interest will begin July 8, 2019.

Project Title: Natural Resource Support for Yuma Proving Ground. Review of Statements of Interest will begin July 10, 2019. 

Project Title: Natural Resource Environmetal Services for Kirtland AFB. Review of Statements of Interest will begin July 10, 2019. 




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:

Smith Fellows 2020 Call for Proposals

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management, improving and expanding their research skills while directing their efforts towards conservation problems of pressing concern for the United States.

Each Fellow proposes a team of at least two mentors: 1. an academic mentor who encourages the Fellow’s continued development as a conservation scientist and 2. a conservation practitioner who connects the Fellow and their research to practical applications. Fellows may be administratively based at either an academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either the academic or practitioner mentor. We encourage applicants to explore both options and consider being based at the non-academic institution as that is the world less familiar to most early-career scientists and can provide valuable experience.

Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending Program-sponsored professional development retreats. These retreats provide opportunities to cultivate skills typically not covered during their academic education including: leadership, communications, professional and funder networks, and to gain better understanding of policy-making and the application of research.

The Smith Fellows Program and its administrative host, the Society for Conservation Biology, are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program will eventually assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is 13 September 2019. The Program expects to select five Fellows in January 2020 for appointments to start between March and September 2020. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $57,500, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets.

For detailed proposal guidelines, please visit

APPLY ONLINE: We have launched an online submission platform! No pieces of the application package will be submitted via email as in previous years, including reference letters. Access it here:

Questions may be directed to Shonda Foster, Program Director, by emailing



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