Thirty-seven proposals were submitted for the FY 2002 solicitation requesting about $6.5 million out of $2 million allocated.
The ISRP found that 17 proposals met the innovative criteria, described scientifically sound techniques, and offered potential benefits to fish and wildlife. Of the 17, the top five proposals, and especially the top three tied for first, stood-out as proposals that are high priority meriting immediate funding. The proposals ranked from 6 to 12 also offered potentially valuable contributions to the Fish and Wildlife Program. Those ranked from 13 to 17 met the review criteria but did not demonstrate as strong a potential to provide significant benefits as the top 12. These 17 ranked proposals are presented by rank order and project ID.
The ISRP did not rank the other 20 proposals submitted. For a variety of reasons, these proposals did not provide adequate justification for funding under the innovative solicitation. A few of these proposals were not innovative but offered approaches that could benefit the Fish and Wildlife Program. Several others were innovative but were not technically sound or did not demonstrate benefits to fish and wildlife. Most were neither innovative nor technically sound. Comments and recommendations on these 20 proposals are presented following the 17 ranked proposals.