Request for Statements of Interest

A CESU project must be collaborative and within the natural resource and cultural mission of the CESU system. A project must adhere to criteria for CESU project.

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November 2019

Development of cold-hardy Cyrtobagous salvinia Calder and Sands for control of giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) in the US

Project Summary: To support an USDA APHIS PPQ release permit, host range testing of C. salviniae collected from the native range is needed. It will be necessary for the CESU participant to obtain populations of C. salviniae from temperate locations in the native range (South America), develop a host plant list for host-range testing, then carry out testing to confirm host-specificity of collected C. salviniae populations.

Agency: Army Corps of Engineers

Timeframe: Posted until December 11 2019

Funding: The estimated level of funding for FY20 is approximately $45,000. Additional funds for additional years may be available for continuation of the effort, providing the potential funding of $90,000 over two fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee.

Project posted here: November 13, 2019

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September 2019

Second Century Stewardship Research Fellows in Acadia National Park

The partners of Second Century Stewardship have announced the Request for Proposals for fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park in 2020. Founded in 2016 by the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation, Second Century Stewardship is a partnership of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. Second Century Stewardship Fellows contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and multi-park projects (although not limited to them), so if you know anyone in your park or area who might be interested in working in Acadia and other parks, please consider encouraging them to apply. Fellowships can run two years and support up to $20,000 in research costs plus communications training and support and other benefits. More information about the initiative at:

Timeframe: The deadline for submission is October 30, 2019

Posted here: September 6, 2019

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Do you have a park management question that a research project could address?

The Continental Divide Research Learning Center (CDRLC) is issuing a request for proposals in three categories including research, technical assistance, and education projects. These projects should aim to promote the informed decision making and adaptive management of Rocky Mountain National Park or the education of staff to promote professional development and growth. For more information on the 2020 request for proposals, including guidance on developing a proposal, park questions of interest, and examples of previously funded work, see below.

Agency: National Park Services

Timeframe: The deadline for submission is October 15, 2019

Posted here: September 5, 2019

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August 2019

Biomarkers of Environmental Exposures and Health Assessment

Project Summary: This project will determine changes in gene expression and behavior that can be linked to neurotoxicity and potential effects on performance and decision-making. The project is focused on one species, the zebrafish (Danio rerio), and comparison to available data on rat and human. ERDC will provide samples for analysis of the transcriptional data.The ultimate goal is to understand the neurotoxic effects of chemicals on zebrafish and rat and to use them to predict effects on cognitive human performance.

Agency: US Geological Survey

Timeframe: Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted on the CESU website for 10 working days.

Funding: Approximately $115K is expected to be available to support this project for the base year and up to $100K additional funds per year for two (2) option years.

Project posted here: August 1, 2019

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