NB_450_19_7 - NB 450-19-7 TCH - Request for Science and Technology Deputy Area Assistance – Fiscal Year 2020
NB 450-19-7 TCH - Request for Science and Technology Deputy Area Assistance – Fiscal Year 2020
National Bulletin: 450-19-7 Date: September 20, 2019  
Subject: TCH - Request for Science and Technology Deputy Area Assistance – Fiscal Year 2020


Action Requested By:   October 31, 2019  
 
Purpose.   To request technical and other assistance from the Science and Technology Deputy Area for fiscal year (FY) 2020, and to solicit science and technology research and development needs from State offices.  
 
Expiration Date.   December 31, 2019  
 
Background.   This process is used to request technical and other assistance from the Science and Technology Deputy Area (S&T), especially the National Technology Support Centers (NTSCs). The technical assistance available includes:

• Direct assistance to State and National technical specialists
• Technology transfer and training, technology development, coordination and review of conservation practice standards and technical notes or other written technical materials
• Implementation of new resource concerns in conservation planning and implementation and related problem solving
• Ecological site inventory assistance, engineering, field workshops or special studies
• Economics

Science and technology research and development needs are also being solicited from State offices.
    
 

Explanation.   States can request assistance that include agronomy, biology, engineering, plant materials, rangeland management, soil health, wetlands, wildlife, etc. S&T staff will coordinate with other National or NTSC staff, as appropriate, to develop and address multi-disciplinary, multi-state, and regional-level requests. S&T will use States’ requests to plan for allocation of fiscal and personnel resources and to work with other agencies on critical research needs.

Requests should be entered into the S&T Assistance Request Tracker available at https://usdagcc.sharepoint.com/sites/nrcs_st/Lists/Requests%20for%20Assistance%20to%20ST/AllItems.aspx , or alternatively, three assistance request worksheets are provided for your use:

1. Assistance and Research Request Worksheet (Attachment A)

2. Project Outline Worksheet (Attachment B)

3. Training Request Worksheet (Attachment C)

Please enter information into the Tracker or return the worksheets by email to Terra.Thomas@usda.gov by          October 31, 2019.

A separate Project Outline Worksheet (Attachment B) should accompany any substantial assistance request. Requests may include more than one category, and more than one request for assistance may be made on a single Assistance and Research Request Worksheet (Attachment A), and more than one request may be made on the Training Request Worksheet (Attachment C).

 
Contact.   For additional information concerning assistance or project planning, contact Diane Gelburd, Deputy Chief for Science and Technology, at (202) 720-4527 or diane.gelburd@usda.gov, or the appropriate division or NTSC director.     
 
 

 /s/

Diane Gelburd
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology   
 

Attachment A – Assistance and Research Request Worksheet - FY 2020

Attachment B – Project Outline Worksheet – FY 2020

Attachment C – Training Request Worksheet - FY 2020

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