Salazar Center, Denver Parks and Recreation announce CSU request for proposals for actionable climate research

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A pilot program between CSU's Salazar Center for North American Conservation and Denver Parks and Recreation will make up to $150,000 available to one to two research teams to identify and fund actionable research that support the city’s climate management needs and decision-making.

Are you a researcher focused on 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 durable 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 durable natural climate solutions through a health-equity lens to improve the well-being of Denver’s landscapes and people. This program aims to bridge the gap between innovative CSU researchers and the city of Denver to advance solutions for meaningful work in urban conservation.

Core themes

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

  • Climate impacts on landscapes
  • Native pollinators and climate change
  • Urban tree canopy and climate change
  • Soil carbon sequestration

In alignment with the Center and DPR’s programmatic priorities, proposals should also address how the research will support solutions that deliver equitable benefits across Denver’s communities. More information and guiding questions for each theme are available in the complete RFP.

Funding and Eligibility

The RFP opens to applications June 30, and proposals are due by August 5; 2022 proposals are to be submitted via the Center’s online application form. This program will make up to $150,000 available and award one to two research teams.

Any researcher affiliated with CSU may apply as a principal investigator, whether they are pre- or post-tenure, affiliates, or staff with any of the relevant centers, institutes, departments, extension offices, or other campus entities. While non-affiliates may not serve as PI, non-PI members of the research team may come from partner entities external to CSU. Teams that are interdisciplinary and cross-sector in nature, and proposals that include a spatial component and/or utilize GIS data, are encouraged.

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

More information

Interested applicants can learn more on the Salazar Center’s website, and are encouraged to sign up for an optional informational webinar on July 18 at 12:00pm MT.

Please contact Jennifer Kovecses with questions: