U.S. Geological Survey - Ecosystems
FY2008 Science Support Partnership SelectionsI am very pleased to announce selections for FY2008 funding under the USGS/FWS Science Support Partnership (SSP). Please note that final awards are pending the FY2008 USGS appropriations including possible holdbacks and other reductions. Barring any significant, unforeseen changes to BRD budgets it is anticipated that SSP will be able to fund all of these activities in FY2008.
Thank you to all who applied to the program, and congratulations to those selected for funding under this important partnership.
Fiscal Year 2008 Selections
Tab 1: FY2008 Selections - Look here to see the results of the most recent RFP. This list includes only the 36 activities newly selected for FY2008.
Tab 2: All projects by USGS Centers - This list includes all SSP activities being supported in FY2008 (and beyond) and is organized by USGS Regions and Science Centers.
Tab 3: All projects by FWS Regions - This list includes all SSP activities being supported in FY2008 (and beyond) and is organized by FWS Regions.
As you review these lists, please note that some activities take place at more than one USGS Research Center, and some are supported by more than one FWS Region. A few SSP activities are also supported by the Quick Response Program; clarifying notes have been included on the Excel sheet where appropriate.
Next Steps - Status of Funds
New research activities require a peer reviewed study plan prior to the release of funds. PIs should initiate the peer review process using your local (Science Center or Coop Unit) peer review policy. Upon completion of the peer review process, please submit a copy of the study plan, including appropriate supervisory approval, to Steve Hilburger in Reston. Electronic copies are preferred, although hardcopy and faxes are also acceptable. Regardless of the submission method, supervisory approvals must be included as evidence of the review. Individual peer review comments are not required. Once the plan is received, a change of allocation (COA) will be prepared to distribute the funds.
Please refer to the "Study Plan" and "Status of Funds" columns of the announcement list to determine if your activity requires a study plan.
Next Steps - BASIS+
With that said, Cost Centers are still advised to be cautious in their SSP related spending under the CR, but should also be aware of the flexibility that does exist if needed. Please keep in mind that this flexibility does not preclude the requirement for a peer reivewed study plan.
I submitted a proposal, but do not see it listed here.
QRP activities are limited to one year of funding and lower dollar amounts (typically under 50K). If your proposal fits these criteria, please refer to the appropriate QRU announcement. QRP announcements were made for Eastern Region by Glenn Holcomb on October 10 and for Central Region by Jay Hestbeck on October 17. QRP selectees in USGS Western Region - covering FWS Region 1 (both CNO and North) and Region 7 (Alaska) will be receiving an email from firstname.lastname@example.org in the near future.
If a proposal was not ranked high enough to receive funding this year I encourage you to solicit feedback from FWS regarding this proposal. The FWS Project Officer may have already received feedback from the Regional Review panels. If not, you may wish to contact the appropriate FWS Regional Contact (http://biology.usgs.gov/ssp/contacts.html).
This announcement is being shared widely in USGS. Feel free to further distribute to interested staff. It will also be posted on the Science Support Partnership web site (http://biology.usgs.gov/ssp/) for future reference.
I welcome any comments or questions regarding the SSP or these activities.