National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

To develop mechanisms that will ensure that the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is responsive to the research and management needs of Federal and State agencies by working with partners to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife,
plants and ecological processes and the mechanisms for adaptation to, mitigation of, or prevention of those impacts.

Center activities will focus on providing national and regional habitat and population modeling and forecasting tools, integrating physical climate models with ecological models, assessing vulnerabilities and forecasting changes, and developing standardized approaches.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: In 2008 and 2009, research projects were implemented to investigate the responses of fish, wildlife, birds and vegetation to climate change impacts of climate change on bird conservation in arid and semi-arid regions of North America, for example: (1) fate of endangered species in San Francisco Bay tidal marshes in response to sea level rise; (2) impacts of past and future stream temperature and flow changes on survival of endangered Atlantic salmon populations; (3) potential influence of climate change on the survival of at-risk native salmonids; and (4) influence of climate change on migration and feed-ground use by Rocky Mountain ungulate populations and impacts on vegetation.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Results of scientific activities are communicated to customers in academia, science, and resource management agencies, and the general public through models, decision support tools, project reports and peer-reviewed scientific papers, websites, and meetings with stakeholders. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Building on standardized approaches developed at the level by the NCCWSC, Regional Climate Science Hubs are being developed according to the national strategy.

National coordination of research and modeling at the regional Hubs will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations.

The DOI Regional Climate Science Centers will develop cooperative agreements with qualified institutions to ensure the Center is responsive to national, ecoregional and local needs of Federal, State, Tribal and local partners.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants will use the standard SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance and Assurances. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, or any subsequent revisions. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a cooperative agreement signed by a Geological Survey contracting officer.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161, 43 U.S.C 36(d).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Four to six months after submittal of proposal or Bureau receipt of appropriations, whichever is later.


Not Applicable.


Annual renewals for continuation of work may occur through the five-year cycle of a cooperative agreement (FY 2010 to FY 2014) subject to the availability of annual funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each project.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods, with budget periods cumulative to the end of the total 5-year project period. Annual renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are typically required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports SF 425 and final reports must be submitted as required in the award terms and conditions.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records shall be retained and made available for audit for 3 years after submission of final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 09 $7,500,000; FY 10 est $11,250,000; FY 11 est $17,250,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $26,000 to $667,000; Average $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Nadine Hartke, Geological Survey, MS 300 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703) 648-4607.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Scientists within the Geological Survey, bureaus, and offices in the Department of the Interior will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized program purposes. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Department of the Interior. Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.

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