A new planning process
CARB has previously released Research Plans on an annual basis. These Plans have described past and current research, and provided descriptions of research projects that will be funded within a given fiscal year. However, starting in fiscal year 2018-2019, CARB will develop a 2018-2021 Strategic Research Plan in lieu of an annual plan. The Triennial Plan will be workshopped in January 2018 and taken to the Board in April. CARB will to take a list of recommended research projects to the Board each spring, and will develop Strategic Research Plans every three years for Board approval.
The goal of the Triennial Strategic Research Plan is to guide CARB’s research funding to produce timely and credible science to inform key decisions needed to meet air quality, climate goals, environmental justice, and public health goals. Rather than identifying individual research projects, the Plan will identify broad research initiatives that will be the focus of funding for the next three years, resulting in several key advantages:
- Improved communication of CARB’s long-term vision to better identify co-funding and leveraging opportunities with other research funding organizations, state and federal agencies, and internationally.
- Greater transparency and stakeholder involvement in the planning process.
- More responsive research proposals from universities and other groups.
- Increased flexibility to adjust to budget changes and opportunities.