Next Steps

The long-term priorities captured in the science plan will serve as the basis for future funding opportunities from the program. The program will select the priorities to be addressed in each funding opportunity based on several factors including stakeholder input on critical regional science and management needs, the topics being addressed by other science initiatives, new research results and the potential for additional funding to expand the impact of new advancements, and the extent to which addressing a priority will advance the mission of the program.