CARB Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Research Project Solicitation
The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) has identified its fiscal year 2021-22 priority research projects. The proposed projects support CARB’s regulatory priorities related to health, environmental justice, economics, air pollution, and climate change. A research budget of $4.2 million is anticipated to fund eight new projects and three white papers.
The selection of these projects was guided by the research initiatives outlined in the Triennial Strategic Research Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2024 (Plan), along with extensive coordination with other agencies, research institutions, stakeholders, and experts in these fields of research. Additional input was received at a virtual research roundtable that was hosted by CARB staff on September 16, 2020, which provided an opportunity for the public to provide input on emerging research topics that the Board should consider for funding, as well as on CARB’s engagement efforts.
These projects, along with the proposed Plan, were presented to the Board on March 25, 2021. The Board approved these projects, and staff released a solicitation. The solicitation included detailed project descriptions and instructions on how to apply. CARB is now accepting pre-proposals for one remaining project approved by the Board. In order to receive an email notification on solicitation updates and all other research planning activities, sign up for the Research Activities listserve here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/CARB/subscriber/new.
This year, CARB is hosting the solicitation on the Empower Innovation site to facilitate partnerships between university researchers and new research partners. Once a winning pre-proposals is identified, staff will work with the research team to develop the research project into a complete proposal. Results are anticipated in two to three years after a project commences.
Virtual Public Meetings on CARB’s Research Solicitation
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff held two virtual public meetings to help interested parties to learn more about the solicitation for research proposals for funding year 2021-2022. At this meeting, CARB staff provided more details on the projects included in the solicitation and the expectations for submitted pre-proposals. In an effort to diversify the perspectives and expertise applied to implement the project included in the solicitation, we are hosting this year’s proposal solicitation on Empower Innovation. This website, developed by the California Energy Commission (CEC), provides a user-friendly platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, community members, and academic researchers to form partnerships on funded projects. The Empower Innovation site and its features were discussed at the meetings.
Slides from the first (April 8, 2021) and second (August 18, 2021) virtual solicitation meetings are now available for download from this site. You can find it in the list of attachments at the bottom of this site.
- Pre-proposals must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm, September 8, 2021
- The winning researchers will be notified on September 29, 2021
If your research team is interested in conducting any of these projects, please submit a pre-proposal to email@example.com by 5 p.m. on September 8, 2021.
Responses to this solicitation should follow the pre-proposal template attached to this page. The main elements of the pre-proposal shall include the following:
- A pre-proposal that does not exceed five-pages and discusses your proposed approach for conducting the research project.
- A curriculum vitae or statement of qualifications for all major scientists, community members and/or non-academic researchers who would be involved in the study (separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
- A brief description of research that has been conducted or is currently underway by the applicant in areas related to this topic (it is preferable, but not required, that this include funding source and amount of research funds; separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
- For projects that include an equity component and/or community engagement, it is required that research teams provide a cultural competency statement not to exceed one-page in length (separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
- A preliminary budget using the Budget Form which can be found in the Solicitation letter attached to this website (separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).