Out-Of-Cycle Funding

New York Sea Grant


Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Conference, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: New York

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Overview:

Background

Most of New York Sea Grant’s (NYSG) funds are committed through the development of its biennial “omnibus” submission to the National Sea Grant College Program, which spells out the research, extension and other activities NYSG proposes to fund over the upcoming two years. The omnibus proposal, however, does provide for a limited pool of unobligated monies to fund research, education and other opportunities that arise outside of the normal program development process. 

New York Sea Grant has limited funds each year that are available to support special funding requests. Such funding requests are referred to as “out of cycle” or OOC since they do not coincide with normal Calls for Proposals. 

NYSG has established several categories of OOC requests (see below); a request falling outside these categories has little chance of being funded. In making an OOC request, the Principal Investigator (PI) must identify the OOC category under which s/he is submitting and demonstrate that the request falls within the purposes stipulated for that category. 

Category I. Sponsorship of a Workshop, Symposium, Meeting or Other Special Requests (e.g., travel, educational efforts, publications, etc.)

The purpose of this category is to provide support to non-research activities that fit within the program’s mission and objectives and its current Strategic Plan. Available funding is generally $2,500 or less.

Category II. OOC Research Requests

OOC research support requests must fit within one of the three categories described below. Available funding is generally $15,000 or less, including any indirect costs, and is non-renewable. Project duration is typically one year. The PI must commit working with NYSG extension or other NYSG staff to develop new connections and outreach aspects of his/her OOC research project. This interaction must be described in the proposal.

Category IIa. Research Mini-Grant -- Rapid Response

The purpose of this category is to give university/college faculty and NYSG the  opportunity to respond immediately to unexpected research needs or opportunities.

Criteria:

  • There must be some credible, time-dependent “emergency” need to support the project outside of NYSG’s biennial core research RFP competition and funding cycle. Why can’t the project wait until our next RFP?
    • Most compelling are projects addressing unique, unexpected situations or phenomena where there is a need to take quick action so as not to miss an important opportunity (e.g., a new phytoplankton bloom; the development of a barrier island breach; or an agency suddenly is faced with making a decision and desperately needs information obtainable through research within the next few months).
  • Funding cuts from other agencies, departure of key staff, failure/loss of equipment or other such faculty-specific situations do not fulfill the definition of this category.

Category IIb. Research Mini-Grant -- New PI

The purpose of this category is, in essence, capacity-building; to provide opportunities for NYSG to broaden its research portfolio and to expand the number and diversity of university/college-based faculty who conduct research of interest to NYSG, New York State and NYSG. 

Criteria:

  • The funds must be requested by, and the project led by, a New York university/college-based faculty member who has not been funded by NYSG within the past decade.
  • The proposed research project must closely address and aim towards fulfilling a specific “Strategy” identified under the Goals in NYSG’s current Strategic Plan.
    • Of most interest will be research addressing Strategies where NYSG has not been able to make much progress under the current Strategic Plan.

Category IIc. Research Mini-Grant – Research Development

The purpose of this category is to provide opportunities for faculty to gather preliminary data, gain expertise and prepare for larger proposal submissions to NYSG and/or other sponsors. Through Research Development OOC’s, NYSG can advance research identified in its Strategic Plan, leverage its funding with external funding sources and generate the potential for extension involvement in larger subsequent grants from other sponsors.

Criteria:

  • Proposals submitted and led by a university/college-based faculty member who is within 5 years of having received his/her PhD have highest priority.
    • More senior faculty may request a Research Development OOC grant if they demonstrate that the project would be a significant departure from their previous research.
  • The proposed research project must closely address and aim towards fulfilling a specific “Strategy” identified under the Goals in NYSG’s current Strategic Plan.
    • Of most interest will be research addressing Strategies where NYSG has not been able to make much progress under the current Strategic Plan.
  • The request must include a list of several potential sources of larger funding and the range of potential funding amounts. 

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Eligibility:

  • The project must be submitted and led by a faculty member at a New York State-based college or university. 

Ineligibility:

  •  NYSG does not fund on-the-ground environmental restoration and/or management activities with OOC or regular omnibus funds 
  • Projects whose impacts will likely be confined to a single location and/or facility are discouraged.