The scope of research which may be conducted under the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act includes investigations relating to the reforestation and management of land for the production of timber and other related products of the forest; management of forest and related watershed lands to improve conditions of water flow and to protect resources against floods and erosion; management of forest and related rangeland for production of forage for domestic livestock and game as well as improvement of food and habitat for wildlife; management of forest lands for outdoor recreation and the protection of the forest and its resources against fire, insects, diseases, or other destructive agents; utilization of wood and other forest products; development of sound policies for the management of forest lands and the harvesting and marketing of forest products; and such other studies as may be necessary to obtain the fullest and most effective use of forest resources.
Examples of the research areas covered by McIntire-Stennis funds include: ecological restoration; catastrophe management; valuing and trading ecological services; energy conservation; biomass energy and bio-based materials development, forest fragmentation, carbon sequestration and climate change; and ways of fostering healthy forests and a globally competitive forest resources sector. In addition, high priority issues include science of integration (ecosystem or landscape approaches, including interdisciplinary multistate projects); forest ecosystem services; human attitudes and behaviors; conflict, uncertainty, and decision-making; technological advancements (biotechnology, nanotechnology, and geospatial technology), productivity, and forest applications; and urban ecosystems.
Research project funding cycles are based on the federal fiscal year of October 1 through September 30. Approved standard McIntire-Stennis projects will generally have a funding cycle of three years. Specific projects and/or investigators may be approved for up to a five-year funding cycle when they are identified by the NHAES Internal Review Committee and Director’s Office as representing consistently strong levels of productivity, impacts, and leveraging of resources. There is no maximum limit to the overall length of time for which funded investigators may maintain a consecutive or intermittent series of funded projects, if they are continually approved through the competitive review and evaluation process.
For more information, please see the NHAES Research Projects Manual.