Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG) Grant - 2020-2022 Omnibus Funding Cycle

Connecticut Sea Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 25, 2021 1:30pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 2, 2021 1:30pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut, New York

Location of residency: Connecticut

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Overview:

Connecticut Sea Grant supports applied research, education, and outreach activities to achieve healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits, focusing on Connecticut, Long Island Sound and its watershed. Applied projects with clear relevance to Connecticut’s marine and coastal resources will be given priority.

While CTSG requires proposals to integrate research with education and/or outreach, all proposals must incorporate a central research component, and demonstrate the ability to produce new knowledge and further the goals of the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan within the time-frame of the two-year granting period. For the purposes of this RFP, research is defined as scientific endeavors with explicit and testable hypotheses that strive to answer “why” and “how” questions. Research questions may be derived from either the natural or social sciences. Within the scope of this RFP, proposals that focus primarily on describing or monitoring conditions and do not identify or test a specific hypothesis will not be considered. Education and outreach activities that do not incorporate original research will not be considered. If you are in doubt regarding the suitability of a research topic for CTSG funding, please contact Syma Ebbin, Research Coordinator, at the Sea Grant Office (see page 7).

Topic Areas

CTSG seeks natural and social science proposals for coastal/marine research, outreach, and education of the highest quality and relevance within the thematic areas identified in the  draft Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan for 2018-2021.

Based on these thematic areas, additional strategic guidelines and priorities of NOAA and the National Sea Grant College Program (reflected in their respective strategic plans), and input from our external advisory committees, CTSG solicits preliminary proposals to conduct applied research to develop knowledge and tools in the following topic areas:

Coastal ecosystems and watersheds

  • Changing coastal and marine ecosystems and effects on the services they provide
  • Coastal and marine habitat and species conservation, management and restoration
  • Watershed management, storm water management and low impact development measures that minimize impact on Long Island Sound
  • Water quality impacts on Long Island Sound and relevant mitigation measures

Fisheries and aquaculture

  • Management and changing environmental conditions related to fisheries, marine aquaculture or marine resources
  • Public health and socio-economics related to fisheries, marine aquaculture or marine resources

Resilient communities

  • Resilience of coastal and watershed communities in the face of changing climatic conditions, ecosystem services and land use
  • Capacity of communities / stakeholders to prepare for and respond to coastal and watershed hazards of natural or human origin
  • Resilience of maritime economies (defined broadly, including recreational and commercial opportunities) to changing socio-economic and environmental conditions

Environmental literacy

  • Educational research, assessment and evaluation strategies to develop and enhance the teaching and learning of ocean and coastal science content

***Please note that it is anticipated that additional federal funding will become available specifically for research projects focused on aquaculture and thus, we encourage research proposals focused on topical areas of relevance to marine aquaculture.

CTSG seeks research projects that give serious consideration to the best means of sharing the results with a variety of audiences, including those outside the specific scientific discipline who may, nonetheless, be interested in the information. Community engagement and societal relevance are critical to CTSG. Therefore, it is required that proposals provide substantive evidence of the inclusion of an effective outreach or education plan that complements the research component. This outreach/education plan must be an integral part of the proposal development and not simply appended to an already completed proposal.

PIs are encouraged to provide details on how activities will contribute to the achievement of socially relevant outcomes. Such outcomes include, but are not limited to: full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology; improved well-being of individuals in society; development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce; and increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others.

The outreach or education component may involve collaborators whose expertise is in outreach or education, or may be carried out by the principal investigators. Connecticut Sea Grant staff members are available to provide input or assistance as appropriate on this aspect of the proposal; see “Outreach and Education as an Effective Component of a Research Project”.

Duration and Funding

Proposed activities may be one or two years in duration. In exceptional cases, and with specific justifications, a no-cost extension may be granted for activities that extend beyond two years, but initial funding is limited to the period between February 2020 and January 2022 and project methodologies should be developed with this time frame in mind. Proposal budgets should not exceed $75,000 per year ($150,000 total), including both direct and indirect costs. CTSG typically receives 18-30 preliminary proposals. We encourage approximately two times the number of full proposals we anticipate being able to fund with expected resources. For this cycle, CTSG expects to be able to fund up to approximately 4-5 proposals. In addition, it is anticipated that additional federal funding will become available for research projects specifically focused on aquaculture and thus, we encourage research proposals focused on topical areas of relevance to marine aquaculture.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The National Sea Grant College Program 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, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this competitive research opportunity.

CTSG encourages applicants to recruit and engage with students and fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in STEM.

CTSG encourages applicants to clearly identify how this research will have broader societal impacts on the coastal community including stakeholders from underrepresented or underserved communities.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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 Connecticut. 
    • The PI must be based at a Connecticut institution, although collaborators do not have to be located within Connecticut. 
  • All proposals must incorporate a central research component, and demonstrate the ability to produce new knowledge and further the goals of the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan within the time-frame of the two-year granting period. 
    • For the purposes of this RFP, research is defined as scientific endeavors with explicit and testable hypotheses that strive to answer “why” and “how” questions. 
  • It is required that proposals provide substantive evidence of the inclusion of an effective outreach or education plan that complements the research component.

Preferences:

  • Applied projects with clear relevance to Connecticut’s marine and coastal resources will be given priority. 

Ineligibility:

  • Within the scope of this RFP, proposals that focus primarily on describing or monitoring conditions and do not identify or test a specific hypothesis will not be considered.
  • Education and outreach activities that do not incorporate original research will not be considered.