2018 Nickerson Fellowship Request for Proposal
BackgroundScientific research is an important tool used by the National Park Service (NPS) to meet its responsibilities to protect and foster stewardship of the park’s natural and cultural resources. The goal of the research fellowship program is to support scientific research that assists park managers in making informed decisions about the resources of the Seashore.
Cape Cod National Seashore contains a diverse variety of habitats and is characterized by open ocean, beaches, estuaries, and tidal flats. In addition to the marine environment, the Seashore is home to a unique kettle pond system, sensitive vernal pools, upland forested habitat, and coastal heathlands - a globally uncommon habitat supporting species that are correspondingly rare. More than seventeen federally-listed threatened or endangered species are found throughout the Seashore and its marine waters. The physical processes that initially formed Cape Cod continue to reshape the area via wind, waves, tides, and longshore currents. Humans have been a part of this dynamic landscape for at least 10,000 years. These ecosystem processes have created and continue to influence the sensitive natural and cultural heritage that the Nickerson Conservation Fund is dedicated to study.
Proposals will be accepted for research in the broad areas of the natural and social sciences. Topics of interest include terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem processes, biotic and abiotic ecosystem components, cultural and natural resource management, and the political and social implications of resource protection and management. As research results should be useful for management of Cape Cod National Seashore resources, discussions with park staff about your project are encouraged to maximize its value to managers.
In 2018, fellowship applications will be considered for funding requests up to $4000. Multiple fellows may be selected.
EligibilityThe Nickerson Conservation Fellowship supports field research in the biological, ecological, physical, social, and cultural sciences. Project requests are more likely to be successful if they contribute to the protection of the Seashore’s natural and cultural resources. Selected fellows share their research with others through some form of outreach, coordinated through the Atlantic Research and Learning Center.
The fellowship is open to anyone, regardless of student or professional status. Research fellows must be self-directed individuals whose work will contribute to the scientific knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of Cape Cod National Seashore. The fellow must be able to complete the proposed project within one year, and provide a final report, even if the project is part of a larger thesis project. Recipients may apply for an additional Research Fellowship in subsequent years, but project proposals will be evaluated independently of the previous year’s work.
Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including salary support; room, board, and travel directly associated with fieldwork; supplies; and analytical costs. Funds may not be used to support indirect costs (overhead).
Some Additional Research ConsiderationsLimited researcher housing may be available. Requests for park housing, as well as any other special requests, should be incorporated into the proposal. More information for prospective researchers is found at the Atlantic Research Learning Center Section of this website.
Provisional Acceptance Pending Research PermitAcceptance into the Fellowship Program is provisional until a Research and Collecting Permit is approved and issued. Initial acceptance as a Fellow is not a guarantee that a Research and Collecting Permit will be issued for the work as written in the proposal. Modification of methods or sites may be necessary. Information on applying to conduct research in any national park may be found at the NPS Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) website. Please contact Cape Cod National Seashore Chief of Natural Resources Management and Science, Nita Tallent, for information.
Requirements of Award Winners
Each fellow is required to provide these items to the Chief of Natural Resources Management and Science (NRMS) within six months from completion of proposed work. Exceptions need to be arranged with the Chief of NRMS.
Research Fellowship recipients working in a park must also fulfill all conditions of the park research permit (e.g., submit an Investigator’s Annual Report and comply with guidelines for collections).
The deadline for fellowship applications is March 19, 2018. Late proposals will not be considered. Awards will be announced as soon as possible (hopefully by end of March). Awards will be disbursed in two payments:
Individuals wishing to apply for the research fellowships should submit the following documents electronically (preferably in MS Word) to the Chief of NRMS:
Proposals will be evaluated by the Nickerson Fellowship Committee:
Direct questions to the Cape Cod National Seashore Chief of NRMS, Nita Tallent.
Last updated: March 1, 2018