Section 6 Funding for Research on Threatened and Endangered Arizona Plants

2015 DEADLINE: May 8, 2015, 5pm MST
Please see below for requests for proposals

CURRENT PROJECTS
Award Year 2014

  1. Seed bank analysis and drought response of Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurvata. Principal Investigators: Juliet Stromberg and Brenton Scott
  2. Updating our knowledge on the status of the newly-listed Fickeisen Plains Cactus. Principal Investigator: Andrea Hazelton
  3. Population and habitat assessment of Spiranthes delitescens. Principal Investigators: Juliet Stromberg, Dustin Wolkis, Kimberlie McCue, and Steve Blackwell
  4. Effect of fire on a population of the endangered cactus, Coryphantha robustispina, on three pastures of the King’s Anvil Ranch, State Trust Land, Altar Valley, Pima County, Arizona. [Second year study]. Principal Investigators: Pat King, Robert Schmalzel, Kristen Egan, and Katie Cline.
  5. Pollination biology of Amsonia kearneyana. Principal Investigators: Kim Franklin and Clare Aslan
  6. Survey for Eriogonum mortonianum (Morton wild buckwheat, Polygonaceae) in northern Mohave County, Arizona. Principal Investigator: Glenn Rink
  7. Draft recovery plan revision for Carex specuicola, Navajo sedge. Principal Investigator: Glenn Rink.
  8. Survey for additional populations of Cimicifuga arizonica (Arizona bugbane, Ranunculaceae) in the Sierra Anchas of Gila County, Arizona. Principal Investigator: Glenn Rink
  9. Monitoring of Lesquerella kaibabensis (Kaibab bladderpod, Brassicaceae) on the Kaibab Plateau, northern Coconino County, Arizona. Principal Investigator: Glenn Rink
  10. Dynamics of Amsonia kearneyana in four habitat types. Principal Investigators: Juliet Stromberg and Tyna Yost
  11. Population surveys, reproductive ecology, seed ecology and seed predator identification for Physaria kaibabensis. Principal Investigators: Brenda Molano-Flores, David Zaya, and Janice Coons

Abstracts for award year 2013.
Abstracts for award year 2012.


REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

RFP Under Construction (as of 26 Feb 2015) -- check back soon for final instructions

INTRODUCTION
The Herbarium at the University of Arizona is collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Arizona Department of Agriculture to manage and allocate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 6 funding for plants in Arizona. Proposals for studies on threats, demography, monitoring, systematics, status reviews, etc. of threatened and endangered plant species, or plant species of other special concern, are solicited. (This grant no longer supports publication costs.) Plants that are listed as threatened, endangered, or have candidate status will rank higher than sensitive or rare plants (see last year's list here; stay tuned, or contact us, for 2015 information). Researchers are encouraged to contact Julie Crawford, FWS (phone: 520-670-6150; email: Julie_Crawford@fws.gov), to discuss potential submissions. She can also answer questions regarding the applicability of the submission.

We anticipate supporting three to eight projects per year at levels of approximately $5000 to $20000 per project.

CHANGE: As of 2014, we are now accepting proposals for two-year projects. Projects that require less time are encouraged to be completed early.

PROPOSAL REVIEW
Proposals are reviewed by a committee for the importance of the species, intellectual merit and feasibility of the proposed research, appropriateness of the budget, and clarity of the proposal. Projects that are recommended for funding are ranked and funded as funds allow. Researchers are notified in mid- to late-summer.

PROJECT PROCEDURES
Contracts are sent to the selected researchers by the Arizona Department of Agriculture within four months of the award notification (usually early fall) and will indicate actual start and end dates. Awardee must be in a position to sign a standard contract with the State of Arizona. For questions in this regard, contact Deborah Atkinson, Arizona Department of Agriculture. Contracts must be signed and returned within 30 days of receipt. Funds are only distributed on a reimbursable basis (funds will no longer be sent in advance under any circumstance). Researchers are welcome to submit expense reports and invoices up to once quarterly. Brief interim reports will be due semiannually, and the final project report will be due at the end of year two.

PROJECT COMPLETION
The final report is an expected deliverable of this research and should include introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and literature cited sections. Prior to approval and release of funding, reports will be reviewed by the section 6 grant committee and FWS species leads for completeness, clarity, and usefulness to the FWS for species management and recovery. Insufficient final reports will be returned with comments, and researchers will be expected to remedy the report prior to final approval. Draft final reports are welcome at any time.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION
General guidelines:
Researchers may submit, as PI or Co-PI, up to three proposals in a single competition. Proposals are limited to 6 single-spaced pages, including budget and match information, using font no smaller than 11 point with 1 inch margins. Each proposal must include a 2-page CV for the PI (not included in the 6-page limit). The file should be named with the following format: LastName_2015-Seg19_Species.docx.

Projects should be designed to be complete within two years. Funding beyond two years will require submission of additional competitive proposals.

Proposals should be prepared according to the outline below. If an item is not applicable to this project, write "NA" for that item.
Questions on grant preparation should be directed to Shelley McMahon (phone: 520-621-7243; email: mcmahonm@email.arizona.edu).

Required content:
1. Project Title

2. Species List all species that will be investigated as part of this project; for each give:

2a. Federal Rank

2b. State Heritage Rank

3. Name of Investigator(s) Specify a single Principal Investigator, with any additional investigators as Co-PIs.

4. Mailing Address of Principal Investigator For investigators associated with more than one institution, this must be the address of the institution that would be receiving the contract. Also provide:

4a. Phone number for PI.

4b. Email address for PI.

4c. Institutional affiliation for PI If submitting as an individual, please indicate.

4d. Institutional contact information Name and address of official who is authorized to sign the contract and process reimburesments.

5. Proposed Start Date Preferred date; actual start and end dates will be determined in the contract.

6. Proposed End Date Planned end date.

7. Funding History and Needs Is this a request for continued funding for work already started under a previous Section 6 request?

8. Joint Project with Another State Provide details, if applicable.

9. Recovery Plan Task Numbers

10. Recovery Plan Task Priorities

11. Threatened or Endangered Species Permit Required A Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit from FWS may be required if listed plants, parts of plants, and/or seeds will be collected.

12. Other Threatened or Endangered Species in Project Area

13. Projected Conducted within Designated Critical Habitat

14. Objectives

15. Expected Results or Benefits

16. Approach Describe the general approach; e.g., herbarium study, plot monitoring, etc. Typically one paragraph.

17. Current Year Procedures Describe in detail the methodology of the proposed study.

18. Divergence from Original Approach

19. Location

20. Present Year Funding Request

21. Budget Budget should be broken down into anticipated costs for personnel, travel, and supplies. Matching costs should be identified, and should constitute 40% to 50% of the total costs. Matching costs can be in any category of expenditures-personnel, travel, supplies, or equipment. Match must be at federal rates, if applicable, and a job classification must be indicated if salary is to be used as match.

22. Previous funding performance If you have received Federal or other grants, please list references to contact. Have you ever defaulted on a previous grant?

WHAT AND WHERE TO SUBMIT

Proposals should be sent electronically to Shelley McMahon (mcmahonm at email.arizona.edu). Include a 2-page Curriculum Vitae for the Principal Investigator.