[pccgrads] NW Climate Science Center Funding Opportunity for University of Washington Graduate Students

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2016 Funding Opportunity for University of Washington Graduate Students

Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Science Center

A Cooperative Program of the University of Washington, University of Idaho,
Oregon State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey

Overview of the Opportunity

The USGS Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) invites proposals from
University of Washington faculty for funding graduate research
assistantships (NW CSC Fellows) at the MS or PhD level in fields relating to
climate change and its impacts.

The NW CSC combines academic expertise with federal resources to advance
climate science development and delivery for managers and policy makers in
the Northwest region ( <https://www.nwclimatescience.org/>
https://www.nwclimatescience.org/). The NW CSC was established in 2010 as a
collaboration between the University of Washington, University of Idaho,
Oregon State University, and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
Geological Survey. The goal of this program is to support Actionable
Science, which provides data, analyses, projections, or tools that can
support decisions regarding the management of the risks and impacts of
climate change. It is ideally co-produced by scientists and decision-makers
and creates rigorous and accessible products to meet the needs of
stakeholders. To advance this goal, the NW CSC releases periodic
<https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/display-csc/4f8c64d2e4b0546c0c397b46> competitive
research RFPs to support scientists throughout the Northwest region. In
addition, each of the three university partners provides funding for NW CSC
Graduate Fellows in support of MS and PhD level graduate students in fields
of study relating to climate change and its impacts.

The NW CSC science priorities are based on input from our Executive
Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC), which has identified the following
areas of interest:

1. Effects of climate change-induced hydrologic regime shifts on
salmonid habitat, agriculture and infrastructure.
2. Drought prediction and understanding the ecological impacts of
3. Identification of trigger points and thresholds (i.e., points at
which ecosystems transition to a new state).
4. Effects of climate change on the spread of and damage wrought by
invasive species, pests, and pathogens

Research in these four areas will be given highest consideration in
selecting project.

NW CSC Graduate Fellows become part of a cohort of students from the three
partner universities. They work and develop skills together through a
variety of networks and activities sponsored by the NW CSC, including the
annual <http://www.nwclimatescience.org/bootcamp> NW CSC Climate Science
Boot Camp, a week-long educational session in August of each year, and the
<http://pnwclimateconference.org/> PNW Climate Science Conference, a two-day
academic conference in September or October of each year.

Criteria for Funding of NW CSC Research Fellowships

This is a call for applications for NW CSC Graduate Research Fellows
starting as early as Summer quarter, 2016. We invite applications submitted
jointly by faculty (students’ major advisors) and graduate students for
graduate student research and outreach on issues that inform management
decisions and public policy development related to climate change. Projects
must have a demonstrated effective relationship with natural or cultural
resource managers and/or other stakeholders preparing to deal with the
challenges and opportunities of climate change. Preference will be given to
students who are conducting research and pursuing education in areas of
study that address the <https://www.nwclimatescience.org/science_agenda> NW
CSC priority areas of research. The NW CSC supports climate science and the
production of decision support tools in all areas of this science plan.

Start date, duration, and funding level of individual awards are negotiable
based on the project timeline, needs of the graduate student, and funding
from other sources. The appointment and salary will conform to a standard
graduate research assistantship in the students’ home department. In
addition to salary, travel funds will be available for the student to
participate in the annual NW CSC Climate Boot Camp and the PNW Climate
Science Conference. Expenses for other conference travel and research
supplies are negotiable.

Application and Selection Process:

Please send applications in PDF format by email to Prof. Eric Salathé, UW
PI, NW CSC ( <mailto:salathe at uw.edu> salathe at uw.edu); applications received
before April 29 will be given preference. Include the following documents:

a. Letter of support from the faculty advisor (1 page). The faculty
member’s letter must indicate a justification for the research and their
endorsement of the student’s proposed research. Please indicate at what
percentage time and for how many and which months graduate support is
desired. The faculty letter is not simply a letter of recommendation.
b. Letter of application from the graduate student (1-2 pages maximum).
The student’s application letter should include their reason for desiring a
NW CSC Fellowship; the importance of the research topic in the NW region;
its relevance to the NW CSC Science Plan; and thoughts on how to collaborate
with other Fellows at the University of Washington and partner universities.
c. Concise summary of the research being conducted by the student (2 to
3 pages) including the following as appropriate to the project:

1. Narrative; introduction, justification, purpose, background,
2. Research design, methods, and plans for analysis.
3. Timeline, tasks to be completed.
4. Intended deliverables and products, plans for interaction with
intended users (managers and other stakeholders preparing to deal with the
challenges and opportunities of climate change), and application of outcomes
throughout the life of the project, and beyond.

d. A brief statement of support from an external partner or stakeholder
(e.g. in a governmental agency, tribe, NGO, or similar organization)
describing their involvement in the project and the expected impact of the
data, analyses, projections, or tools that will result from the project that
can support their decisions regarding the management of the risks and
impacts of climate change.
e. CV for the graduate student to be supported.

To be eligible, the graduate student must be currently enrolled or accepted
to begin enrollment by Fall Quarter 2016, advised by the faculty member
preparing the proposal, and, if enrolled, in good standing with the Graduate
Program at the University of Washington. The NW CSC funding can be used to
initiate a new research project, to provide an opportunity to fund a portion
of an ongoing research project, to enable the student to extend ongoing
research to support management decisions, or to bring to completion an
ongoing graduate student research effort. Progress on the student’s proposed
research is required to be documented with an annual report, due by August
15 of each year, and a final report within one month after the end of their
NW CSC Fellowship funding.

Application letters will be reviewed based on the merit of the proposed
research and outreach/delivery; its relevance to NW CSC science goals and
management needs; the merit of the research methodology; the quality of
writing and thinking presented by the graduate student; and the suitability
of the time frame to complete the work.

For more information, please contact:

Eric Salathé
Associate Professor, School of STEM, UW Bothell
UW Director, NW Climate Science Center
<mailto:salathe at uw.edu> salathe at uw.edu

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