Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP)/Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP)/Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA)

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Climate Program Office (CPO)


To support collaborative research and community engagement projects that improve climate adaptation planning and action through the three competitions: 1) improving engagement methods for coastal resilience planning; 2) assessing tradeoffs and co-benefits for complex decision-making in communities facing coastal inundation and/or inland flooding; 3) identifying complex interactions between social infrastructure and wildfire risks to improve community adaptive capacity.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Decarbonization Considerations

When developing plans to address climate adaptation needs, low-carbon measures are recommended. For example, instead of deploying propane-fueled generators, consider bundling solar and storage to supply power for key infrastructure during extreme weather events. Utilize relevant data and tools to provide information for community stakeholders and develop outreach and education materials.

Equity Considerations

Proposals should incorporate the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into their applications. The agency emphasizes the importance of working with community partners to ensure they are involved in and benefit from the proposed project. Projects must identify at least one community partner and ensure adequate resources, including financial resources, are available to enable their full participation, including project scoping work.

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A central tenet of the RISA program is that learning about climate adaptation and resilience is facilitated by and sustained across a wide range of experts, practitioners, and the public. As such, the RISA program supports a network of people, prioritizing wide participation in learning by doing, learning through adapting, and managing risk with uncertain information.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

Letter of Intent due February 1, 2023 Application due March 29, 2023

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