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Project Funding

Legacy Resource Management Program

In 1990, Congress passed legislation establishing the Legacy Resource Management Program to provide financial assistance to DoD efforts to preserve our natural and cultural heritage. The program assists DoD in protecting and enhancing resources while supporting military readiness. A Legacy project may involve regional ecosystem management initiatives, habitat preservation efforts, archaeological investigations, invasive species control, Native American consultations, and/or monitoring and predicting migratory patterns of birds and animals.

Three principles guide the Legacy program: stewardship, leadership, and partnership. Stewardship initiatives assist DoD in safeguarding its irreplaceable resources for future generations. By embracing a leadership role as part of the program, the Department serves as a model for respectful use of natural and cultural resources. Through partnerships, the program strives to access the knowledge and talents of individuals outside of DoD.

In order to support these principles, the Legacy Program emphasizes five areas:

  • Legacy incorporates an ecosystem approach that assists DoD in maintaining biological diversity, and the sustainable use of land and water resources for mission and other uses.
  • The program also implements an interdisciplinary approach to resource stewardship that takes advantage of the similarities between DoD's natural and cultural resource plans. Often, the same person is responsible for managing both natural and cultural resource plans on an installation. Legacy strives to take advantage of this by sharing management methodologies and techniques across natural and cultural resource initiatives.
  • Legacy promotes understanding and appreciation for natural and cultural resources by encouraging greater awareness and involvement by both the military and the public.
  • Additionally, the program takes advantage of similar ecosystems by applying resource management initiatives in broad regional areas. Legacy supports projects such as the Sonoran Ecosystem Management Initiative, the Gulf Coast Plain Ecosystem Partnership, the Great Basin Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and Partners in Flight.
  • Finally, Legacy pursues the identification of innovative new technologies that enable more efficient and effective management.

In addition to the Legacy program criteria, all "PIF" (bird related) proposals will be reviewed by DoD PIF. Our review is based on 10 criteria, scored from 0-5. You are encouraged to download the DoD PIF criteria and contact the appropriate DoD PIF Rep about your proposal idea early in the process.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in full partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. To address the highest priority issues confronting the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, SERDP focuses on cross-service requirements and pursues high-risk/high-payoff solutions to the Department's most intractable environmental problems. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies support the long-term sustainability of DoD's training and testing ranges as well as significantly reduce current and future environmental liabilities.

Statements of Need are offered each funding cycle. For natural resource proposals, the appropriate category is Sustainable Infrastructure.

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) goal is to demonstrate and validate promising, innovative technologies that target the most urgent environmental needs of DoD. These technologies provide a return on investment through cost savings and improved efficiency. The current cost of environmental remediation and regulatory compliance in the Department is significant. Innovative technology offers the opportunity to reduce costs and environmental risks. ESTCP offers funding in the following four focus areas: Environmental Restoration, Munitions Management, Sustainable Infrastructure, and Weapons Systems and Platforms.

ESTCP's strategy is to select lab-proven technologies with broad DoD and market application. These projects are aggressively moved to the field for rigorous trials that document their cost, performance, and market potential. Successful demonstration leads to acceptance of innovative technologies by DoD end-users and the regulatory community. To ensure that the demonstrated technologies have a real impact, ESTCP incorporates these players in the development and execution of each technology. ESTCP demonstrations:

  • Address real DoD environmental needs.
  • Significantly reduce costs and risks and expedite implementation.
  • Document and validate the cost and performance of new technologies for DoD end-users and the regulatory community.

The ESTCP Process ensures that approved technologies meet DoD environmental challenges through the following process:

  • DoD environmental requirements are specified.
  • ESTCP requests proposals.
  • Rigorous and expert scientific reviews are made.
  • Technologies are demonstrated and evaluated at DoD sites, in an operational setting.
  • Cost, cost avoidance, and performance data are verified and validated.
  • Effective and affordable technologies are transferred across DoD.
  • Regulatory approval and end-user acceptance are facilitated.

Environmental Challenges Are Overcome With Cost-Effective and Scientifically Proven Solutions.