FY 2018 MIT Sea Grant Proposal Process

In 2017 MIT Sea Grant will continue to focus our funding resources on specific areas of marine research. Some elements of the ocean acidification solicitation that was issued in 2016 will be continued, since this is an issue of great interest to our stakeholders as well as a significant technical and scientific challenge. Additional topics in the area of underwater power transfer will be added.

Specific focus areas:

More information and past funded projects are available in this presentation: [VIEW PDF]


A public information meeting was held at the MIT Sea Grant office 12:00 - 2:00pm on January 23, 2017, to provide guidance for interested applicants.

Meeting Presentation (Chrys Chryssostomidis) - [ DOWNLOAD ]

[ DOWNLOAD ] full meeting recording (ARF player required WIN / MAC)

SEE BELOW for previous RFP Public Information Meeting presentations and information

Full proposals are DUE by June 12, 2017 5:00 pm at MIT Sea Grant. For more information, see the current RFP Schedule.

MIT Sea Grant provides competitive funding opportunities for Massachusetts university-based research scientists who seek to address marine issues in ways that benefit the Commonwealth. Lead scientists on a proposal must have Principal Investigator standing at their own institutions to be eligible for funding, and must not be the recipient of other MIT Sea Grant funding during the period of the grant.

Funding and Duration

Core Research Projects for FY2018

The maximum annual research project budget request to be considered is $100,000 for a total of $200,000 for a two-year project. This does not include the required matching funds provided by the PI, which amount to at least 50% of the figure requested from Sea Grant. Matching funds must be from non-federal sources and can include cash, salaries, equipment, supplies, ship-time, etc.

Projects last for up to two years. The PI will submit a project timeline as part of their full proposal.

Proposal Process and Instructions

The proposal process is initiated in January of each year when the Request for Preliminary Proposals (RFP) is distributed by email to RFP list subscribers. Project work begins on February 1 of the following year. The rules governing NOAA/Sea Grant deadlines are strictly enforced and the contents of proposals must be complete by the dates and times given in the Proposal Schedule.

Basic Rules and Assumptions:

Both Preliminary and Full Proposals must be submitted through our online proposal system. Please contact Kathy de Zengotita for access. A three-step process has been established for evaluating and selecting proposals:

Step One

Preliminary proposals submitted by deadline are reviewed by a panel of experts appointed by the Director. Principal Investigators whose projects are scientifically sound and are aligned with the goals of the MIT SG Program will be encouraged to write a full proposal.

Instructions for Submitting Preliminary Proposal

Step Two

Full proposals are distributed for extensive peer review. The reviewers' comments (blinded) are made available to the Principal Investigators for response and rebuttal.

Step Three

The full proposal, reviewers' critiques, and the PI's responses are submitted to a Technical Review Panel which meets in September for extensive discussion and to make final recommendations. The Director, with the advice of the State/Industry Council and the Program Monitor, and giving due consideration to the Panel's recommendations and the relevance of the proposed work to the Program's strategic goals, selects proposals to be included in the MIT Sea Grant College Program Omnibus Proposal. The Omnibus is submitted in October to the NOAA Office of Sea Grant for review and acceptance. Funding authorization is finalized within 60 days, and Principal Investigators are informed of the result.

The Director may, at his/her discretion, remove a proposal from further consideration at any point in this process if an investigator has overdue obligations to the MIT Sea Grant College Program under a previous research contract.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding proposal preparation, please contact one of the following MIT Sea Grant representatives:

Tim Downes, Assistant Director, tdownes@mit.edu, 617 253-7138

Katharine de Zengotita, Program Coordinator, kdez@mit.edu, 617-253-7042

Ben Bray, Web Developer, bbray@mit.edu, 617-252-1675


2016 PI Reports on Ocean Acidification Projects - December

  1. Scott Doney - Quantification of the Contribution of Wastewater Effluent to Coastal Ocean Acidification [ PDF ] [ PPTX ]
  2. Justin Ries - Impact of ocean acidification on calcification rate, shell properties, pallial fluid pH, and epigenetics of commercially important mollusks across critical life stages [ PDF ] [ PPTX ]
  3. Robyn Hannigan - Effects of acidification and temperature on shell mineralogy and transcriptome of the American lobster [ PDF ] [ PPTX ]
  4. Zhaohui Aleck Wang - Developing a Miniaturized In-situ Sensor Technology for Simultaneous Measurements of Seawater Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and pCO2 [ PDF ] [ PPTX ]
  5. Tim Swager - Sensors for Measuring Carbon Dioxide, Bicarbonate, and pH in the Ocean
    [ PDF ] [ PPTX ]
  6. Tom Consi - Towards a Cost-Effective Monitoring System of Coastal Ocean Acidification in the US North East [ PDF ] [ PPTX ]

[ DOWNLOAD ] full meeting recording (ARF player required WIN / MAC)

2016 PI Reports on Ocean Acidification Projects - June

  1. Scott Doney - Quantification of the Contribution of Wastewater Effluent to Coastal Ocean Acidification [ PDF ]
  2. Justin Ries - Molluscan vulnerability to ocean acidifica3on across life stages [ PDF ]

2016 Info Meeting Presentation

1. Chrys Chryssostomidis - [ DOWNLOAD ]

2015 Info Meeting Presentations

1. Beth Phelan - Constituent view of ocean acidification [ DOWNLOAD ]

2. Justin Ries - Challenges for the research community and data gaps [ DOWNLOAD ]

3. Vladimir Bulovic - Sensors (slides not available)

4. Alon Yaari and Mike DeFilippo - Platforms, Data Acquisition and Dissemination [ DOWNLOAD ]

5. Paris Perdikaris - Analysis [ DOWNLOAD ]

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