CSREES requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program?Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) for fiscal year (FY) 2005 to develop research, education, and extension projects aimed at improving the quality of water resources in agricultural watersheds across the Nation. This is a joint effort with USDA?s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA). In FY 2005, CSREES anticipates that approximately $2.9 million will be available to support CEAP projects, including funds contributed by NRCS. This RFA is a supplement to the FY 2005 National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) RFA. It identifies the objectives for CEAP projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for a CEAP grant.
CEAP seeks to fund projects that evaluate the effects of watershed conservation practices, especially with respect to understanding how the suite of conservation practices, the timing of these activities, and the spatial distribution of these practices throughout a watershed influence their effectiveness for achieving locally defined water quality goals. An extensive body of literature exists that describes plot- or field-scale conservation practices aimed at protecting water quality. However, research results from plot- and field-scale studies are limited in that they cannot capture the complexities and interactions of conservation practices within a watershed. CEAP responds to a need to conduct research that: 1) evaluates the impacts of interactions among conservation practices and their biophysical setting on water quality at the watershed scale; and 2) evaluates social and economic factors influencing implementation and maintenance of practices. CEAP also responds to a need to conduct outreach education to transfer knowledge from this research to farmers, ranchers, community leaders, and other stakeholders.
Who can apply:
Native American Organization
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Eligible functional categories:
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Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Office of Extramural Programs