The Forest Health Research Program is a grant program coordinated by CAL FIRE’s Fire and Resource Assessment Program. An anticipated $4.5 million will be awarded to Forest Health Research projects.

You can find guidance for Forest Health Research Program grants, in the Forest Health Research Grant Guidelines. The guidelines are specific to this grant solicitation (RP-RFP-2023-01) for fiscal year 2023/2024.

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A portion of the funds being are made available through California Climate Investments.

Topics are numbered for reference, but not ranked in terms of priority. Research proposed under this solicitation must address one or more of these priority topics. Research projects should be focused on and relevant to California ecosystems and their management.

  1. Disturbance, recovery, and strategies for various types of landowners to increase forest resilience in an altered future climate.
  2. Implementation, effectiveness, impacts, and tradeoffs of current and alternative management strategies to reduce unwanted wildfire impacts, increase carbon storage, sustain and promote biodiversity, improve water and air quality, and provide regional economic benefits.
  3. Contemporary range of variation and trends in fire regimes, forest conditions and distributions in California ecosystems (particularly those less well studied) in relation to historical or pre-European settlement conditions or processes.
  4. Forest products and utilization of forest residues related to fuel reduction and forest health treatments.
  5. Human dimensions, socio-economic considerations, and environmental justice issues related to forest health and wildfire management.
  6. Improved prediction of wildland fire spread, behavior, severity, patch size, and potential impacts, particularly under extreme weather conditions and/or within the wildland-urban interface.

In addition, the following special topics have been identified as priorities for the Research Program for FY 2022-23:

  1. Development, implementation, or systematic review of ecological monitoring efforts related to vegetation treatments.