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August 18, 2015
2016 Northeast Region Ocean Acidification RFP
Northeast Sea Grant College Consortium Call for Preliminary Regional Research Proposals on theImpacts of Ocean Acidification on Key Coastal Marine Resource Species in the Northeast
The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (consisting of the Sea Grant programs in the Northeast including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MIT, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, Maine and Lake Champlain), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is seeking proposals to address the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on key resource species in the northeast (New York Bight to the Gulf of Maine) as an aid to assist coastal communities in adapting to current and future OA conditions in the region.
Through this competition, we seek to support innovative biophysical and social science research that will further the understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on key coastal marine resource species and economies. Priority will be given to projects that address key knowledge gaps and research needs identified by the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN – see below) focused on shellfish and finfish species of commercial, recreational and aquaculture relevance, including key forage species. This RFP is not intended to fund major OA technology development or monitoring efforts.
RESEARCH AREAS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST (as identified by NECAN in Gledhill et al 2015):
- Species-response studies of OA impacts on critical life stages of commercially important species of shellfish and finfish, particularly those in coastal and near-shore habitats.
DURATION AND FUNDING
Proposed activities should be of two years in duration, for a funding period between June 2016 and May 2018. Proposals should be in the range of $100,000 to $200,000 in federal funds for the funding period, including all direct and indirect costs (we estimate a minimum of $700,000 is available for this competition). Per national Sea Grant guidelines, all projects will require 50% cost-share ($1 in non-federal cost-share for every $2 of federal support). Project scope should reflect available federal and cost-share funds. It is expected that 4-5 projects will be funded. Sea Grant support is awarded on a competitive basis, and is available to researchers at all non-profit academic institutions, research laboratories and extension/outreach facilities in the Northeast.
You are invited at this time to submit preliminary proposals to the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium for the funding period 01 June 2016 to 31 May 2018. Any investigator seeking support for this period must submit, as a single file, an electronic copy of their preliminary proposal through the New Hampshire Sea Grant (NHSG) electronic portal (https://seagrant.unh.edu/2016ProposalPortal) no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The first year of the funding period covered by this Call for Proposals is expected to begin on 1 June 2016, pending availability of funds.
PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
A preliminary proposal (pre-proposal), while not as detailed as a full proposal, should clearly define the objectives, rationale and methodology for the project, as well as the potential benefits and qualifications of the investigators who would perform the work. Proposals requesting funding that is complementary to that sought from other sponsors are welcome; in such a case, other funding sources and amounts should be disclosed.
A pre-proposal should consist of a single file which includes:
(1) a Title Page including title, principal and co-principal investigator contact information and the overall budget request for each year and the total for the project
The pre-proposal project description must conform to stated page limitations, including 1-inch margins and 12-point font. Illustrations and tables must be legible, and are included in the page limitation. Supporting letters from collaborating and/or interested individuals and organizations may accompany the pre-proposal, and do not count towards page limits. However, these letters are to be used to express support and collaboration only— not to provide project information.
The process for submission and review of regional proposals is as follows:
(1) Each PI/Co-PI must make contact with the Sea Grant director in their home state before submission of their pre-proposal to discuss the process for regional proposals and indicate his/her intention of submitting a regional proposal.