California Sea Grant College Program: Call for Proposals 2020

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Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 21, 2021 5:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 8, 2021 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1, 2020. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. 

We anticipate funding 11~ 14 projects contingent upon receipt of anticipated funds from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Project budgets should range from $25,000 to $80,000. Applicants may propose an additional $20,000 dedicated to a specific outreach or communication project component. The goal of this component should be communicating research results to or working with a specific group of stakeholders or the general public.

The duration of a project request is typically two years, though requests for a 1-year award will also be considered. Successful Sea Grant projects involve both a substantial intellectual question and the promise of useful application to a real-world problem. California Sea Grant encourages projects that are likely to yield measurable impacts to the local economy, community, and environment.

Priority Topics

Applicants must propose to conduct research that addresses the following Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Focus Area strategies:

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA)

SFA Goal 2: Provide science-based information to support and grow a sustainable California aquaculture industry to help meet the growing demand for seafood, and minimize negative socio-economic and environmental impacts of aquaculture.

  • Strategy 2–1: Study interactions between cultured and wild species and ecosystems, including implications for disease transmission, genetic diversity, and water quality.
  • Strategy 2–2: Improve the economic and environmental viability of aquaculture operations and animal health through research on the performance of culturing systems and cultured species.
  • Strategy 2–3: Identify new species potentially suitable for culture.
  • Strategy 2–4: Apply culturing technologies to further conservation goals, including the recovery of rare species and restocking.
  • Strategy 2–5: Identify the ecological and socioeconomic synergies and conflicts between capture and culture fisheries as they affect coastal communities and working waterfronts.

The California Sea Grant College Program emphasizes innovative applied research on ocean and coastal resources and processes. In particular, priority will be given to projects that emphasize or include the following:

  • The creation or support of jobs or businesses, where:
    • A job or business created is defined as a new position or firm created and filled as a result of Sea Grant activities, and
    • A job or business supported is defined as an existing, filled position or firm that is supported as a direct result of Sea Grant activities.
    • (Note: This does not include those hired on a project as volunteers, directly-supported staff, Sea Grant trainees, or fellows and should not include employment funded directly from the Sea Grant award (including match))
  • Work done with a resource economist to quantify the economic impact or benefit of the proposed research project and its societal implications, where:
    • Economic impact is defined as the net change to the economic base of a region that either creates or keeps revenue in a given economy that would not exist or leave the region otherwise (e.g. creating jobs, saving an entity money, helping to drive up revenue in a region)
    • Economic benefit is defined as the net increase in social welfare through market or non-market forces (e.g. enhanced recreation, value of increased knowledge or skills, value associated with improved water quality)

Applicants are encouraged to review the strategic plans and visioning documents linked for more information on California Sea Grant, National Sea Grant, and the Sea Grant Network 10-year Aquaculture Vision research priorities, and then focus on the specific issue(s) of interest to them.

  • 2018-2021 California Sea Grant Strategic Plan
  • 2018-2021 National Sea Grant Strategic Plan
  • Sea Grant Network 10-year Aquaculture Vision

Applicants are also encouraged to evaluate whether the project will benefit a disadvantaged community. The Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool shows the location of disadvantaged communities in the state.

A potential applicant is welcome to contact California Sea Grant personnel to receive more specific feedback concerning particular research issues.

Research with a strong theoretical basis that encompasses clear, testable hypotheses is desirable. In contrast, low priority is given to survey or inventory studies. Research that has national or international application, or that addresses important regional issues, problems, and opportunities are appropriate. Potential applicants are encouraged to check the “Research Projects” section of our website for examples of projects currently funded, and the National Sea Grant’s previously funded aquaculture project.

The California Ocean Protection Council’s Strategic Plan also helps to inform our research program, providing information about California ocean management information needs. We encourage prospective researchers to consult the planning document, which was informed by other state agencies with ocean and coastal jurisdictions, to ensure that research topics respond to state needs.

Award Information

We anticipate funding 11 to 14 projects contingent upon receipt of anticipated funds from NOAA. Project budgets will range from $25,000 to $80,000. The duration of a project request is typically two years, though requests for a 1-year award will also be considered. Successful Sea Grant projects involve both a substantial intellectual question and the promise of useful application to real-world problem. California Sea Grant encourages projects with a high return on investment and will consider a range of budgets for funding.

Applicants may propose an additional $20,000 dedicated to a specific outreach or communication project component. The goal of this component should be communicating research results to or working with a specific group of stakeholders or the general public. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to Extension Specialists early on in the development of the proposal to seek feedback or advice and potentially partner on the project. 

Research projects are required to provide 50% in matching funds from the PI's home institution or primary project partners. Continuation of a project beyond the first year is subject to demonstration of satisfactory progress by the project investigator. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply.
    • Applicants may submit more than one letter of intent and full proposal but if selected, only one award will be made to the PI. In addition, PIs may be listed as co-PIs on other projects even if they are lead PI on their own project.
    • Only applicants who have submitted a letter of intent may submit a full proposal.
  • Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities
    • Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking.
    • We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, job classifications, veteran status types, income, and socioeconomic status types. 

Ineligibility:

  • For those seeking funds for graduate students, please encourage your students to apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship. Graduate traineeships are not available.