Call for Expressions of Interest in Collaboration with Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount in in-kind support

Anticipated deadline: Dec 28, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit Postdoctoral Researcher Research Scientist Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

Schmidt Ocean Institute aims to accelerate the understanding and scalable conservation of our oceans with technological innovation, intelligent ecosystem management, advanced data analytics, engaging storytelling, and open sharing of data and knowledge.

The principal focus of this call is on the development of an exemplary seagoing research and technology development program for the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor in the year 2021. Additionally, we offer two new pilot tracks for collaborations in oceanographic technology development and scalable, data-driven conservation of coral reefs and related ecosystems. While these tracks also seek excellent projects making the best use of R/V Falkor, select initiatives with superior impact potential that do not require support from R/V Falkor will also be considered.

Proposal Tracks

Advancing Coral Reef Conservation

This proposal track is open to initiatives aiming to advance marine ecosystem resilience, inform, improve, and propagate effective conservation and management methodologies, and scale up conservation with innovation in best practices, platforms, sensors, software, and data services.

Target Region

Any geographic regions can be considered for projects that do not require the use of R/V Falkor. For the initiatives requiring the use of R/V Falkor, feel free to request any operational site location throughout the global ocean, noting that R/V Falkor is not a Polar Class vessel and is therefore generally unable to support operations in latitudes higher than 60° North or South. The regions where R/V Falkor will operate in 2019 and 2020 have already been defined, and target areas for 2021 will be selected to accommodate the top ranking Expressions of Interest that Schmidt Ocean Institute receives in response to this call. If your project is flexible with regards to geographical regions where shipboard testing and trials can take place, please be sure to state that in your Expression of Interest.

Ocean Science Aboard R/V Falkor

This proposal track is open to all marine science disciplines and is intended to support initiatives to advance ocean research and exploration through exemplary application of innovative technologies and methodologies aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor.

Target Region

Projects may consider any research site location throughout the global ocean, noting that R/V Falkor is not a Polar Class vessel and is therefore generally unable to support science cruises in latitudes higher than 60° North or South. The region where R/V Falkor will support oceanographic research projects in 2021 will be selected to accommodate the top ranking Expressions of Interest that Schmidt Ocean Institute receives in response to this call. Should your project be flexible with regards to the geographical regions where it can be carried out, please be sure to describe that in your Expression of Interest.

Ocean Technology Research and Development

This proposal track is open to initiatives focusing on the research, development, and applied practical demonstrations of innovative technologies and services that hold great potential to accelerate ocean research and conservation in cost-efficient, data-driven, and scalable manner.

Target Region

Any geographic regions can be considered for technology testing or demonstrations that do not require the use of R/V Falkor. For the technology trials and final demonstrations requiring the use of R/V Falkor, Expressions of Interest may request any research site location throughout the global ocean, noting that R/V Falkor is not a Polar Class vessel and is therefore generally unable to support operations in latitudes higher than 60° North or South. The regions where R/V Falkor will support oceanographic research and technology trials and demos will be selected to accommodate the top ranking Expressions of Interest that Schmidt Ocean Institute receives in response to this call. If your project is flexible with regards to geographical regions where shipboard testing and trials can take place, please be sure to state that in your Expression of Interest

We Collaborate

At Schmidt Ocean Institute, we believe in accomplishing the most by working together. We collaborate with our select project teams by providing them with high quality operational, technological, analytical, and informational support. Our service-based support model offers a wide range of services, including, but not limited to the following:

Operational Services:

  • Operation of research vessel Falkor with its embedded facilities, laboratories, instrumentation, and ROV SuBastian,
  • Rental and operation of autonomous surface, aerial, and underwater vehicles and other robotic platforms,
  • Hosting, maintenance, and technical support of oceanographic data and data processing, analytical, and visualization services, etc.

Technological Support:

  • Research and development of innovative marine sensors, scalable autonomous survey platforms, and related software,
  • Professional engineering and project management for internal and externally contracted technology R&D initiatives,
  • Access to advanced computational resources, including high performance computing arrays, cloud services, etc.

Analytical Services:

  • Post-processing, QA/QC, and online repository placement for a wide array of acquired oceanographic instrument data,
  • High-throughput genome sequencing: from translating research objectives into sequencing requirements to metagenomics and at-sea applications,
  • A growing ecosystem of user-friendly and REST API-enabled software tools for data annotation, visualization, analyses, operational awareness, etc.

Informational Support and Strategic Communications:

  • Support of many technologies, platforms, software, and data, that resulted from SOI’s prior projects, such as Saildrones, Squidle+, and others,
  • Prominent online and media presence and strategic communications to maximize the impact of the supported projects,
  • Shaping the field direction and SOI programs through continuous dialogue with the global ocean research, conservation, and technology R&D communities, etc.

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

Eligibility:

  • We will consider applications from representatives of any countries, organizations, and individuals.
  • To select the right track, consider which one is best aligned with your project goals, where most of your effort will be spent, or if you may need to submit more than one application.