In 2020, the Salazar Center announced a new intergovernmental agreement with the City and County of Denver to advance Denver Parks and Recreation’s efforts in climate resilience, habitat, and equitable access to green space. One goal of this partnership is to leverage climate-related expertise at CSU to create actionable research that supports the city’s climate resilience management needs and decision-making.

This year, the Center invites proposals from CSU faculty and research staff that address urban landscape and habitat resilience, urban tree canopy, soil carbon sequestration, and native pollinator habitat needs. In alignment with the Center and DPR’s programmatic priorities, proposals should also address how the research will support solutions that deliver equitable benefits across Denver’s communities. More information and guiding questions for each theme are available in the complete RFP, linked below. 

The RFP opened to applications on June 30, and proposals are due by August 5, 2022. The program will make up to $150,000 available and award one to two research teams.


Any researcher affiliated with CSU may apply as a principal investigator, whether they are pre- or post-tenure, affiliates, or staff with any of the relevant centers, institutes, departments, extension offices, or other campus entities. While non-affiliates may not serve as PI, non-PI members of the research team may come from partner entities external to CSU. Teams that are interdisciplinary and cross-sector in nature, and proposals that include a spatial component and/or utilize GIS data, are encouraged.


To learn more about the core strategic planning efforts that inform DPR’s climate work, we recommend reviewing the Game Plan for a Healthy City, its Resiliency Program, and its 2019 Landscape Typology Manual.

Questions may be directed to Jen Kovecses, and you can also watch the recording of the informational webinar we hosted on July 18.

Read the CSU SOURCE article about this.