Conservation Innovation Grants

“Overview: The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on oppmtunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific conservation-related question using a statistically valid design, while employing farm-scale equipment on farm fields. Specifically, a valid study design will use an appropriate number of replications and statistical analysis of results. To the extent NRCS funds research projects through CIG, the agency will only fund on-farm research projects that stimulate innovative approaches to natural resource management in conjunction with agricultural production. NRCS will accept proposals under this notice for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible entities from any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), or the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Eligible entities include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Complete proposals received by the deadline will be evaluated through a two-tier review process. The first-tier review will be by a technical peer review panel based on the Proposal Evaluation Criteria identified in the instructions in section V.B. For the second-tier review, full proposals, along with their evaluations from the technical peer review and State Conservationist ,will be forwarded to the Grants Review Board. The Grants Review Board will make its recommendations for project approval to the NRCS Chief who will make the final selections.” (grants.gov)

  • Funding Number– USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CIG-16-01
  • Closing Date– May 10, 2016
  • Award Ceiling– $2,000,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 75
  • Eligibility– “Private institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Individuals, City or township governments, Small businesses, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Special district governments, County governments” (grants.gov)
  • Funding Category– Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
  • More Informationgrants.gov
  • Additional Help & Information– Frankie Comfort Grants & Agreements Specialist Phone 202-720-0242 frankie.comfort@wdc.usda.gov

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