**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) periodically request proposals for research projects addressing high priority climate adaptation science needs. Eligible applicants include Principal Investigators (PIs) from USGS and regional CASC consortium organizations. Researchers from other organizations can participate by partnering with eligible PIs. Interested applicants should refer to each Funding Opportunity for details.

Only individuals from the following eligible organizations may submit proposals as the lead Principal Research Investigator in response to this Funding Opportunity: 1) SE CASC University Consortium consisting of North Carolina State University (host), Auburn University, Duke University, University of Florida, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee – Knoxville; 2) USGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc. Each proposal must have a Principal Investigator (PI) from an eligible organization. Parties from other organizations (Federal, State, Tribal, or other) can serve as Co-PIs and receive funds via subaward from an eligible organization. Partnerships between University consortium scientists and USGS researchers are welcomed. Consortium-initiated proposals must be submitted though NC State University which serves as the Consortium host. Other parties may participate on funded projects via subawards. USGS researchers may receive funds directly.

For this funding opportunity, the SE CASC seeks proposals that respond to one or more of the following priorities, listed below.

  1. Evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation actions. 
  2. Ecohydrology and impacts to freshwater and tidal zone aquatic species and habitat:
    a. Impacts to freshwater and estuarine habitat and species
    b. Synthesis of regional freshwater risks
    c. Access, use, interpretation of hydrological projections
  3. Targeted Ecosystems:
    a. Shallow island habitat restoration
    b. Cave ecosystems
    c. Forest ecosystems

Estimated Available Funds: $1,000,000

Project Funding Guidance: The SE CASC intends to fund 5-8 projects. Individual projects will be funded for up to $400,000 (inclusive of all indirect costs and overhead charges applied by all institutions involved and including both years of any two- year projects).

Project Duration: Generally, not to exceed 24 months (longer projects may be considered at the discretion of the SE CASC Director).

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 (Letters of Interest) and July 23, 2021 (Full Proposals)

More information can be found on the Southeast CASC website and the USGS CASC website.