I am writing you today because the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is announcing a funding opportunity for new wild horse and burro related research partnerships with universities, other federal, state, or local agencies, tribal, or non-governmental organizations. Please share this message with colleagues in and outside of your institution.
The BLM is seeking research proposals from scientists who can develop new research projects that support the goals outlined in its 2021 Strategic Research Plan, and described in a related blog post. The process for proposal submission is different for non-federal, as opposed to federal researchers. Federal researchers should respond to the Request for Proposals for Federal Agencies: Wild Horse and Burro Research, and non-federal researchers should respond to the parallel Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO): L22AS00069; Wild Horse and Burro Research for non-federal researchers. All qualifying proposals will be evaluated by scientific review panels, composed of external peer reviewers. Deadline for submissions is January 18, 2022.
Because of the need for more effective population growth suppression, the BLM’s top research priority remains the development of safe, practical, effective and long-lasting fertility control methods for wild horses and burros. The BLM’s secondary research priority is to improve understanding of the relationship between wild horses and burros and their environment, including how climate change will impact management and protection.
The BLM is not funding other, lower priority, wild horse and burro research topics at this time. Those include estimating herd size and demographic modeling; population genetics; animal health, handling and welfare; private care placement; and the human dimension (socio-economic) of wild horse and burro management. However, the BLM accepts unsolicited research proposals at any time. Unsolicited proposals addressing those or any other topics are typically evaluated by a technical team, which solicits external peer review as needed; unsolicited projects are approved based on merit, responsiveness to agency management needs, and available funding.
Thank you for considering this opportunity, and sharing with any colleagues, as appropriate.
Paul Griffin, Ph.D.
BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program
2150 Centre Ave. Building C
Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA
(970) 631-4808 (mobile / pandemic)
(970) 226-9358 (office)
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