Funding Opportunities

EQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF INTEREST: Collection and Development of Tribal Protocols Guidebook

The intent of this agreement is to collect extant tribal protocols from other Federal agencies for Federally recognized tribes as well as creating a guidebook to aid installations in the development of tribal consultation protocols. Personnel often lack references and examples to assist in creating consultation protocols with tribes. This collection of protocols and its accompanying guidebook will provide these references to improve and ease the development of consultation protocols. These are the tribal rules for communicating with agencies, including such things as proper titles of tribal leaders, appropriate gifts between leaders, appropriate seasons for consulting (many tribes have ceremonial seasons in which they cannot consult; these are often in fall and mid-winter associated with Winter Solstice ceremonies, but can also be related to spring planting and early fall harvesting), election cycles, Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) representation of the leaders or tribal council, appropriate times to visit tribal lands, other tribes with which tribes refuse to meet, etc. The project will work with entities recognized by tribes and may lead to follow-on work to further develop regional aspects of the collection and guidebook.

Full Proposal Details

Draft Proposal

Responses due by 5:00 P.M., Central Time, on 19 July 2021.


EQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF INTEREST: Superior Upland National Natural Landmark Evaluation

The National Natural Landmarks (NNL) Program is interested in cooperating with a CESU partner to identify and evaluate potential NNLs (PNNL) in the Superior Uplands physiographic province.  The NNL program has identified natural history themes that are characteristic of the Superior Uplands province but are not represented in the NNL registry.  The NNL program seeks to evaluate sites that are illustrative of these natural history themes: Works of Glaciers, Seashores, Lakeshores and Islands, and Geologic History: Precambrian.

Project funds available are approximately $20,000. 

Statements of Interest must be submitted by Friday, June 11, 2021 5:00 p.m. Central Time.  


Solicitation for CESU Cooperator to complete NHA Evaluation for Abraham Lincoln NHA

The National Park Service (NPS) evaluates National Heritage Area (NHA) coordinating entities prior to sunset of their federal funding authority. An evaluation methodology has been developed that allows NPS to make recommendations to Congress regarding the future role of NPS with respect to each NHA studied. We expect to accomplish one NHA evaluation under a task agreement using the established methodology. The area to be evaluated is Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) which comprises a 43-county area of central Illinois. The results of the evaluation will be used to inform the Secretary of the Interior's report to Congress that will include a recommendation for the future role of the NPS with respect to ALNHA.

The ALNHA was designated by Congress in 2008. The non-profit Looking for Lincoln acts as the coordinating entity for the 43-county heritage area and partners with Lincoln Home National Historic Site, local communities, organizations, and individuals dedicated to enhancing the communities and landscapes of central Illinois through recognition and support of their significant natural, cultural, and historical legacies. As the only heritage area named for an American President, ALNHA is home to a unique collection of American history and shares a deeper look inside the life and times of Abraham Lincoln in central Illinois. 

The project objective is to fulfill the evaluation requirements and, specifically, to conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of ALNHA that addresses the following:

  • a) Assess the progress of the local coordinating entity with respect to
    • (i) Accomplishing the purposes of the authorizing legislation for the National Heritage Area (P.L. 110-229, title IV, Sections 441-451; P.L. 116-9, title VI, Section 6002); and
    • (ii) Achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the National Heritage Area;
  • b) Analyze the investments of Federal, State, Tribal, and local government, and private entities in the National Heritage Area to determine the impact of the investments; and
  • c) Review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the National Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the National Heritage Area.

The NPS will provide established evaluation methodology, background information regarding the NHAs program, and contact information for the ALNHA. Cooperator’s tasks to complete an NHA evaluation include, but not be limited to:

  • Meet with ALNHA coordinating entity Executive Director and Staff to develop Logic model to guide outcomes-based evaluation process
  • Review and analyze financial data
  • Conduct topic-centered interviews with NHA Staff, NHA Partners, and NHA community network
  • Analyze data and prepare draft findings document
  • Finalize findings document in coordination with NHA under evaluation and the NPS review team to ensure factual accuracy
  • Provide project status reports as stated within the task agreement
  • Provide final findings document

The findings document shall not be shared outside government until a Congressional Report based on the findings is delivered to Congress by the National Park Service.

Award Amount
Not to exceed $48,000.

Period of Performance
The period of performance will be August 1, 2021 to July 29, 2022. Work may be performed at the Cooperator’s place of business, on-site in the NHA being evaluated, and at NPS offices. This time period may be adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALNHA findings document [one (1) pdf copy via email, 12 print and 12 DVD copies].
Documents will comply with the document accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998 (29 U.S.C. § 794 (d)).

Proposal Submissions
The Cooperator shall describe its technical approach to the tasks outlined above, to include a proposed project timeline and budget, not to exceed $48,000. Budget may include personnel, benefits, supplies, equipment, travel to ALNHA, printing, indirect costs. Submissions should also include resumes of the principal investigator and any other team members.

Proposals are due to Danny Filer via email at no later than Wednesday, May 20 by 12 noon ET.


Request for Statements of Interests/Proposals: Terrestrial Invertebrate Survey Specimen Identification and Consultation for U.S. Navy Support Facility (Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory)

Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) will be used to identify potential Recipients for a project to be funded by the Department of the Navy (DoN) to provide consultation to Navy staff for insect and other terrestrial arthropod survey work on the Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and to provide identification of specimens collected to lowest taxonomic level possible.

The approximate amounts are expected to be available to support this project.
Estimated Available Funding $99,758
Type of Assistance Instrument Anticipated: Cooperative Agreement
Authority: Cooperative Agreement under 16 USC §670c‐1 (Natural Resources Management – Sikes Act)
Eligible Applicants: National – All Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) National Network cooperative partners who qualify under the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARS) Part 34 or 2 Code of Federal Regulations 200 are eligible to apply.
Cost Sharing: Not required

Timeline for Review of Statements of Interest:
We request that Statements of Interest be submitted no later than 25 May 2021 4:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time. This Request for Statements of Interest will remain open until an investigator team is selected. Statements of Interest received after 25 May 2021 4:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time is considered “late” and may not be considered. Please submit requests for information/questions no later than 12 May 2021 10:00 A.M. Hawaii Standard Time.

Please send electronic responses and questions to:
Mr. Kristopher Tom, Cooperative Agreement Administrator
Naval Facilities Engineering System Command, Pacific
258 Makalapa Drive STE 100, JBPHH, HI 96860
Phone #: (808) 474‐4551

Full program description and application documents:

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Diego Garcia is a tropical coral atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean, positioned at 7°26’ south latitude and 72°23’ east longitude. The atoll lies at the southern tip of a long chain of coral reefs, atolls, and islands comprising the Laccadives, Maldives, and the Chagos Archipelago. While both native and non‐native terrestrial invertebrate species inhabit Diego Garcia, we know little about them, as to‐date few comprehensive terrestrial invertebrate surveys have been conducted there. The last published compilation (Hutson, 1981) listed 49 species of insects recorded for Diego Garcia with 113 for the Chagos Archipelago as a whole.

In 2016‐2017, the Zoological Society of London, working in partnership with the Chagos Conservation Trust, established a comprehensive species list and inventory of the terrestrial invertebrates found in the Chagos Archipelago (M. Robertson, personal communication, April 18, 2018). The list, based upon a thorough review of all available literature, noted over 360 unique species of terrestrial invertebrates found on Diego Garcia. The atoll’s history of human habitation, its abundance of vegetation and standing water, and the increased contact between it and the outside world have undoubtedly influenced the growing number of terrestrial invertebrate species found there.

The U.S. Navy (NAVFAC Pacific, NAVFAC Far East, and U.S NSF Diego Garcia) will be conducting general baseline terrestrial invertebrate (primarily insects and other terrestrial arthropods) surveys on Diego Garcia in an effort to better understand the terrestrial natural resources of the main atoll and its three barrier islands. Such surveys have been identified as needed actions in the facility’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) and are consistent with the conservation of natural resources requirements imposed through the Sikes Act (16 USC §670(a)(1)(A)). A survey was conducted by NAVFAC Pacific in 2012, but almost all of the specimens were destroyed in storage. Only some of the specimens that were preserved in alcohol remain in intact.


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - 2021 Soil Science Collaborative Research Funding Announcement

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-SOILS-21-NOFO0001107

Application Deadline - 11:59 PM EDT, 15 June 2021

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purposes of:

  • Promoting research collaboration between the NRCS Soil and Plant Science Division (SPSD) and university cooperators on significant national issues;
  • Providing technology transfer and training for NRCS staff;
  • Assisting in training of students in soil science and related fields.

NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 will be up to $1,000,000.00. Proposals are requested for competitive consideration of awards for projects 2-3 years in duration. Proposals must be for projects based in the United States and its territories and possessions and focus on the priorities described in Section A of this notice.

Eligibility is limited to institutions of higher education in the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Network (

Detailed instructions are available on at the following link: