National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers

To enable the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the eight Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (DOI CSC) 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.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: 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: Information not yet available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not yet available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Headquarters Office, below.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Arizona $ 306,086   2020-03-152023-03-14
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 210,413   2021-02-012023-01-31
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 207,375   2021-01-012022-12-31
University Of Arizona $ 299,374   2019-04-172022-10-15
University Of Oklahoma $ 49,591   2020-03-182022-09-17
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 484,469   2015-08-012022-07-31
Oregon State University $ 262,383   2015-09-012021-09-30
University Of Arizona $ 170,196   2017-09-012021-08-31
North Carolina State University $ 48,824   2019-04-302021-06-30
University Of Oklahoma $ 110,965   2017-10-012021-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 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: Approximately 50 science project grants or cooperative agreements (new or continued from prior years) are planned across eight DOI CSCs an NCCWSC totaling approximately $6.5 Million. Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers were developed according to a consistent national strategy and are managed at the national level by the NCCWSC.

National coordination of research, modeling, and other scientific and data management matters at the DOI CSCs will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations.

NCCWSC 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 NCCWSC or regional DOI CSC office.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

There are eight (8) DOI CSCs; each CSC has a single 'Host Institution' that is eligible to apply on behalf of themselves and members of the CSC university consortium: Alaska CSC: University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Southeast CSC: North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Northwest CSC: Oregon State University, Corvallis; Southwest CSC: University of Arizona, Tucson; North Central CSC: Colorado State University, Ft.

Collins; South Central CSC: Oklahoma University, Norman; Northeast CSC: University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Pacific Islands CSC: 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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161, Public Law 110-161, 43 U.S.C 36(d).

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each project. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $6,500,000; FY 18 est $6,500,000; and FY 19 est $6,500,000 - 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 DOI CSCs financial assistance awards (individual projects) is up to $1,000,000 in FY 2016.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. 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, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703) 648-4607.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Application proposals will be reviewed by the appropriate geographical DOI CSC Center Director and/or the headquarters NCCWSC Director 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.

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