NFWF Issues RFP for Northwestern Hawaiian Research Expedition

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has issued a Request for Proposals for a new program to address research needs related to the management and conservation of unique Hawaiian fish, wildlife, and habitats.

Part of NFWF’s broader Hawaii Conservation Program, the Papahānaumokuākea Research and Conservation Fund will focus on addressing research needs critical to effectively managing the conservation of these unique Hawaiian species and resources. It will then bring transferable lessons learned from these less impacted environments to other decision-makers working in the main Hawaiian chain and U.S. Trust resources.

In its first year, the fund will support coordinated research in the Papahānaumokuākea MNM’s French Frigate Shoals, a small group of islands in the northwestern Hawaiian archipelago. The goal of the effort is to characterize current food web and trophic dynamics, and model potential impacts of environmental stressors on these species across terrestrial and mid- and deep-zone marine habitats. The research also will play an important role in helping to better understand the impacts of the conservation investments that NFWF is making in Hawaii. The expedition is planned for the summer of 2018.

The program seeks to support research that will address key management questions about the importance and interconnectivity of different habitats across the Hawaiian archipelago to help understand complex food webs, mitigate threats like plastics, and allow for proactive management of environmental stressors like coral bleaching and sea level rise.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, and unincorporated individuals. Applicants must be prepared to secure their own transportation to the study area and coordinate with communications and cultural leads that are part of the overall effort.

Pre-proposals must be received no later than October 26, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 14, 2017.

For complete program guidelines, detailed program priorities, and application instructions, see the NFWF website.

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