Maine Sea Grant College Program - Biennial Request for Proposals

Maine Sea Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 4, 2021 1:30pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 10, 2021 1:30pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Government Entity Nonprofit Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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The Maine Sea Grant College Program invites preliminary proposals for research projects to be funded in the period February 2020 through January 2022. Maine Sea Grant is a state-federal partnership based at the University of Maine and sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Maine. Maine Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but the research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state. Operating in partnership with NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office, the mission of Maine Sea Grant is to play a leadership role in marine science and education in Maine and to promote their use for the sustainable development, management, and stewardship of marine and coastal resources. Through our biennial request for proposals, we strive to sponsor a diverse research portfolio that links the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal stakeholders.

Maine Sea Grant seeks to foster the highest quality marine research with a strong likelihood of societal impact in Maine, so only the most creative and rigorously conceived proposals will receive consideration. We seek to support projects developed through meaningful engagement with coastal or marine stakeholders and focused on research questions that are responsive to the needs of Maine’s communities. We accept proposals aligned with any part of our current strategic plan. We also strongly encourage projects that will advance Maine’s capacity for adaptive coastal resource management and public policy in response to climate-driven ecosystem change.

Maine Sea Grant’s funding programs are highly competitive, with each proposal receiving preliminary instate stakeholder review, extensive peer review, and final review conducted by an ad-hoc external peerreview panel. Maine Sea Grant routinely receives numerous excellent proposals and available funds are never sufficient to support all of them.

The National Sea Grant College Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Maine 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, educational levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this competitive research opportunity.

Funding Levels and Duration

Proposed research activities may be one or two years in duration, for the period between February 2020 and January 2022. Assuming no changes in the federal Sea Grant appropriation and the requirements of the non-research components of the Maine Sea Grant program, an estimated $600,000 will be available to support research projects over the two-year funding period. Maine Sea Grant will consider funding proposals up to $150,000. Maine Sea Grant intends to fund as many excellent proposals as is possible within budgetary constraints; projects with smaller requests and those that show strong leveraging of Sea Grant funding are encouraged. Due to Maine Sea Grant’s limited resources, total two-year requests over $150,000 in Sea Grant funds (including all direct and indirect costs) will not be considered. Sea Grant funding requires a 50% non-federal match; all preliminary proposals must indicate source and level of available non-federal match. Proposals without sufficient match will not be considered.

Maine Sea Grant Strategic Goals & Objectives

Maine Sea Grant requests competitive research proposals that align with the strategic goals (outlined below), integrate across Sea Grant’s functional areas of research, education, and outreach (extension and communications), and display a strong promise for meaningful societal impact and application. Collaborations with industry, state and regional agencies, and other research institutions are encouraged. All proposals must clearly identify how the proposed research applies to one (or more) of the strategic goals and objectives. Investigators are encouraged to explicitly describe how understanding, tools, and data products generated in their projects will lead to measurable progress toward these priorities.

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Maine Sea Grant Strategic Goals for 2018 – 2021

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

  • Goal: If we are successful, people will understand the links between healthy ecosystems and resilient communities, and take action to ensure the long-term health of coastal resources

Resilient Communities

  • Goal: If we are successful, Maine’s coastal communities will draw upon their assets to adapt to, prepare for, address, and recover from environmental, economic, and social/cultural vulnerabilities they have identified and prioritized

Safe & Sustainable Seafood

  • Goal: If we are successful, Maine’s wild harvest and aquaculture sectors and the communities that depend on them are economically viable and environmentally sustainable

Communities Preparing for a Changing Climate

  • Goal: If we are successful, communities understand the risks and opportunities that may result from a changing climate, and develop effective strategies that enhance preparedness for and resilience to uncertainty and change in environmental conditions

Environmental Literacy & Workforce Development

  • Goal 1: If we are successful, we will have helped create an environmentally literate public who can use scientific knowledge to identify questions, draw evidence-based conclusions, and make decisions about issues that affect the ecological health, economic vitality, and resilience of Maine’s coastal communities and ocean-related resources
  • Goal 2: If we are successful, Maine will have a diverse workforce skilled in disciplines critical to the ecological health, economic vitality, and resilience of Maine’s coastal communities and ocean-related resources

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  • Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but this competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state.