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Focused Research Proposals
The Focused Research approach was designed to identify important maritime needs and gather the resources needed to address them. We strive to identify a faculty leader (Principal Investigator) with a team able to articulate a research need of national concern, or of regional concern but with nationally applicable results. The research team should be multi-disciplined, and preferably multi-institutional. The Principal Investigator also needs to be able to raise significant funds from sources other than Sea Grant.
The MIT Sea Grant research agenda is influenced by the MIT Faculty Committee and State-Industry Advisory Council. The research topics listed below result from our ongoing evaluation and planning process. In consultation with our industrial, academic and public agency affiliates, we are predisposed to favor proposals related to:
Focused Research projects require a comprehensive approach where the biological sciences, physical oceanography and engineering disciplines are meshed with public policy and perhaps with educational issues. Focused Research should aim to arrive at a substantial level of new insight, improved control of the marine ecosystem, and/or real solutions to maritime problems.
Multi-Year Time Schedule
Year 3 - 5
Matching Funds and Non-Federal Contributions
By law at least 50% of the funding directly from the National Sea Grant College Program must be matched with additional funds from non-federal sources. The balance of necessary matching funds can come from any source including federal sources. It is only in year one that the entire required match need be from non-federal sources. In years two through six the additional 50% of Sea Grant funding from non-federal sources must be supplemented with additional matching funds, from federal as well as non-federal sources, to satisfy the total matching requirement.
The following table should help in understanding this funding requirement.
A researcher who wishes to apply for Focused Program funding must adhere to the deadlines given in the Proposal Schedule and follow the online instructions for preparing the Preliminary Proposal and the Full Proposal. Our online forms generally require that you write in Microsoft Word.
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.
If you have any questions regarding proposal preparation, please contact one of the following MIT Sea Grant representatives:
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