CAL FIRE Forest Health Research Program (FY 2022-23) – Wildfire and Forest Research; Science Synthesis and Tool Development; Demonstration State Forest Research

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The intent of CAL FIRE's Forest Health Research Program is to fund scientific research that expands our knowledge in topics related to forest health and wildland fire.  The outcomes of these projects will support agencies, organizations, landowners, and policy makers, while furthering the goals of the California Forest and Wildfire Resilience Action Plan and California Climate Investments.


PLEASE NOTE: Graduate Student Grant Applicants need to apply under a separate Request for Proposals opening in October 2022.

The Forest Health Research Program (hereafter “Research Program”) was established as part of CAL FIRE’s plan for implementing the California Forest Carbon Plan. It is one of several CAL FIRE programs funded through the California Climate Investments (CCI) program, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The mission of the Research Program is:

To identify and prioritize research topics in forest health and fire science critical to the State of California To fund sound scientific studies that support forest landowners, resource agencies, and fire management organizations within the state To ensure scientific information generated from the program is made available to support decision making and policy To further the goals of Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan, California Forest Carbon Plan, the California Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan, CCI, and AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act

The Forest Health Research Program operates in conjunction with the Forest Health Program but draws from a separate source of funds. The program, procedures and requirements apply only to “stand-alone research” projects, where research-related activities are the only activities proposed. Research activities are no longer eligible as a component of larger Forest Health projects

The following topics have been identified as priorities for study for the Research Program for FY 2022-23. Proposed research must address one or more of these priority topics. Research projects should be focused on and relevant to California ecosystems and their management.

Disturbance, recovery, and strategies for forest resilience in an altered future climate. Implementation, effectiveness, impacts, and tradeoffs of alternative management strategies to reduce wildfire risk, increase carbon storage, improve biodiversity, improve water and air quality, and provide regional economic benefits. Natural, historical and contemporary range of variation in fire regimes (i.e., frequency, seasonality, size, spatial complexity, intensity, severity, and fire type), forest conditions and distributions, and wildfire-related greenhouse gas emissions in California ecosystems, particularly those less well studied. Forest products and utilization of forest residues related to fuel reduction and forest health treatments. Human dimensions and socio-economic considerations related to forest health and management. Improved prediction of wildland fire spread, behavior, and potential impacts, particularly under extreme weather conditions and within the wildland-urban interface.

More information will be made available in the Forest Health Research Program Grant Guidelines (FY 2022-23). This will be available on our website in the Applicant Resources tab when the request for proposals goes live.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

CAL FIRE will grant funds from the Research Program to public and other nonprofit universities and affiliated academic institutions, local agencies (e.g. counties and special districts), state agencies, federal agencies, Native American tribes; private forest landowners; and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations (e.g. fire safe councils, and land trusts).

Eligible Geographies:

Projects must be focused on and relevant to California forests and other ecosystems and their management. A significant portion of the geographic area proposed for study must be contained within California and may include adjacent lands contiguous and representative of California sites. Any sites external to California and discontinuous to study areas within the state require justification. Study areas may not be located outside the United States

Important Dates

Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 2023
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2-4 Years
Anticipated Open Date
Fall 2022

Funding Details

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Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Research Program funding will be allocated to three projects types, approximately as follows (subject to change):

Research Project Type: Wildfire and Forest Research (General)
Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

Research Project Type: Demonstration State Forest Research
Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

Research Project Type: Science Synthesis and Tool Development 
Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

*Graduate Student Research Solicitation will open October 2022* 

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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