Salazar Center, #Denver Parks and Recreation Announce Request for Proposals from #Colorado State University for Actionable #Climate Research


Are you a researcher specializing in urban equity and climate resilience? The Salazar Center for North American Conservation, along with Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR), is currently seeking proposals from CSU faculty and research staff to support and advance DPR’s efforts in equitable climate resilience. . The goal of this pilot program is to identify and fund actionable research that supports the city’s climate management needs and decision-making.

The Salazar Center’s mission is to accelerate the pace and scale of equitable, innovative, and sustainable solutions for nature and all people by connecting diverse leaders, communities, and resources across the North American continent. With Denver as a leader in climate action, this partnership will lead to sustainable natural climate solutions with a health equity lens to improve the well-being of Denver’s landscapes and people. This program aims to bridge the gap between innovative researchers at CSU and the City of Denver to provide solutions for meaningful work in urban conservation.

Main themes

The Center invites proposals that address one of four main research themes, developed in collaboration with the DPR:

  • Climate impacts on landscapes
  • Native Pollinators and Climate Change
  • Urban canopy and climate change
  • Soil carbon sequestration
  • In line with Center and DPR programmatic priorities, proposals must also outline how the research will support solutions that provide equitable benefits in Denver communities. Further information and guiding questions for each theme are available in the full RFP.

    Funding and Eligibility

    The call for tenders is open for applications on June 30 and proposals are due before August 5; 2022 proposals should be submitted via the Centre’s online application form. This program will make up to $150,000 available and will reward one to two research teams.

    Any researcher affiliated with CSU may apply as a Principal Investigator, whether pre- or post-grant, affiliate or staff member of any of the relevant Centers, Institutes, Departments, Extension Offices or other campus entities. . While non-affiliates may not serve as PIs, non-PI members of the research team may be from partner entities outside of CSU. Teams that are interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral in nature, and proposals that include a spatial component and/or use GIS data, are encouraged.

    Research funds will be awarded through a competitive process guided by a selection committee comprised of Salazar Center and DPR staff, as well as CSU experts.

    More information

    Interested candidates can learn more on the Salazar Center website and are encouraged to register for an optional informative webinar on July 18 at 12:00 p.m. MT.

    Please contact Jennifer Kovecses with any questions: [email protected]


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