NYSG Biennial Research Call

New York Sea Grant


Grant amount: Up to US $240,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 27, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 12, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: New York

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Overview:

NYSG Research 

The main goal of New York Sea Grant's (NYSG) research program is to generate and provide valid scientific information that will to further the sustainable development, use, protection, conservation, and management of our coastal resources. The research must clearly be driven by stakeholder identified research needs and must provide enhanced opportunities for NYSG to ‘make a difference’ and have an impact on addressing important coastal issues.

Sea Grant projects address well-defined coastal, Great Lakes, or marine issues confronting modern society. While research projects supported by NYSG must address problems or opportunities important to New York State, the results of these projects should also be relevant to regional or national needs and be consistent with the program priorities for the National Sea Grant College Program as contained in the National Network 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

NYSG supports research on marine, Hudson estuary, and Great Lakes topics and issues. Projects can consist of developmental work on new methods, models, tools, techniques, state-of-knowledge synthesis efforts, and hypothesis driven experimental work. The proposed research must show an understanding of what constitutes necessary and sufficient information for responsible decision-making or for applied use and will be expected to generate such. A successful Sea Grant project would provide information or tools that will assist resource managers, communities, and other stakeholders to make decisions or plans regarding coastal resources and environments. Additionally, a project must have sufficient intellectual content and scientific rigor to make it appropriate for university research.

The need, significance, products, usability, target audience (beyond other academics), and expected impact for and of the research must be clearly anticipated and described. These will be key factors in the review process. 

NYSG encourages multi-disciplinary and multi-investigator research. Research in all disciplines is encouraged-such as in the physical, natural and/or social sciences. NYSG is also interested in helping to foster new research talent, and encourages submissions from young investigators and others who have not previously received NYSG funding. The development of future scientists and decision-makers through student education is also important to NYSG. Investigators are encouraged to involve graduate and/or undergraduate students in the conduct of their projects.

Focus Area A. Healthy New York Coastal Ecosystems and Habitats

NYSG Goal A1: Coastal habitats, ecosystems, and the services they provide are protected, enhanced, or restored, including, but not limited to those impacted by Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), climate change, altered trophic interactions, plastic contaminants and habitat degradation.

To help achieve this Goal, NYSG is looking to fund research under the following topics:

  • Topic A1.1 Develop techniques, tools and approaches to protect and restore ecosystems endangered by AIS, and/or altered trophic interactions.
  • Topic A1.2 Develop measures and tools to predict, prevent, prepare for, control or mitigate the introduction and effects of aquatic invasive species.
  • Topic A1.3 Develop tools, techniques and methods to predict the local and regional impacts of AIS, climate change, altered trophic interactions, plastic contaminants and habitat degradation.

NYSG Goal A2: Coastal ecosystems and habitats and their living resources are managed by applying sound science, tools, and planning to sustain ecosystem function and services that support communities and economies.

To help achieve this Goal, NYSG is looking to fund research under the following topics:

  • Topic A2.1 Develop the information, tools, and methods to restore, and sustain the habitat, biodiversity and productivity of coastal ecosystems.
  • Topic A2.2 Synthesize data from field observations, monitoring, historical data, research and modeling to provide tools, methods and information to reduce, mitigate or adapt to changes to sustain ecosystem function and services that support communities and economies.

NYSG Goal A3: Coastal water quality of New York is enhanced and protected from excess nutrients, HABs, emerging contaminants, microplastics and other pollutants from anthropogenic sources.

To help achieve this Goal, NYSG is looking to fund research under the following topics:

  • Topic A3.1 Create tools, programs, models and products that increase understanding of sources of water pollution as well as the activities that can reduce sources of water quality degradation.
  • Topic A3.2 Develop tools, techniques and methods to manage and mitigate the impacts of, and prevent or reduce the occurrence of excess nutrients, HABs, emerging contaminants, microplastics and other pollutants in coastal environments.

Focus Area B. Sustainable New York Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Businesses

NYSG Goal B1: Fisheries and aquaculture industries provide food, jobs and economic/cultural values in coastal communities and economies.

To help achieve this Goal, NYSG is looking to fund research under the following topics:

  • Topic B1.1 Ensure safe seafood preparation and handling practices are used by marine resource industries.
  • Topic B1.2 Develop and provide market data, tools, and information for marine recreational fishery businesses (e.g., “for-hire” operators, bait & tackle dealers) and commercial fishers to market their businesses and/or their catch.
  • Topic B1.3 Increase domestic production of currently farmed and promising new species through improvements in nutrition, reproduction, larval rearing and genomics to enhance growth, improve health and adapt to changing conditions, such as ocean acidification and climate change.

NYSG Goal B2: Marine and freshwater fishery resources are conserved and sustained, supporting fishing communities and businesses, including commercial, aquaculture, recreational, and subsistence fisheries.

To help achieve this Goal, NYSG is looking to fund research under the following topics:

  • Topic B2.1 Identify threats to fishery resources, wild and those under cultivation, and ensure sound science, services and tools are available and accessible to help understand the threat(s), how they arise, what actions can be taken to eliminate them or ameliorate their effects.
  • Topic B2.2 Determine the causes and potential remedies for actual and predicted changes in populations, population dynamics and health of finfish and shellfish of economic importance to New York.

Focus Area C. Resilient New York Communities and Economies

NYSG goal C1: Vulnerable and at-risk coastal communities are aware of changing conditions and can improve their resilience, economy, and community well-being.

To help achieve this Goal, NYSG is looking to fund research under the following topics:

  • Topic C1.1 Develop tools and techniques to improve the prediction of and/or impacts from coastal processes, coastal hazards, or extreme weather on coastal communities.
  • Topic C1.2 Develop tools and techniques to assist coastal communities and property owners to adapt to fluctuating lake levels especially when combined with factors such as weather and upland land use.
  • Topic C1.3 Increase the resilience of businesses, communities and landowners to predicted threats from coastal hazards and extreme weather and to impending changes in the coastal environment and the coastal economy. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Faculty at academic institutions are the main targets and recipients of NYSG’s research funds.
    • Nevertheless, proposals from other groups may be accepted and approved for funding, too.
  • Eligible groups are listed below in order of preference for funding under this Call
    • Researchers at universities and colleges.
    • Researchers at other not-for-profit research institutions.
    • Researchers who are personnel of state or local agencies, or of not-forprofit organizations.
    • Researchers at for-profit institutions or companies (with limits).
  • All proposals submitted under this Research Call for 2018-2019 must be led by an eligible researcher with his or her primary professional base in New York State. 
  • Sea Grant requires non-federal cost-share (a.k.a. matching funds) support in the amount of at least 50 percent of the Sea Grant funds requested. 
  • In this Call for Pre-proposals, NYSG invites projects that will address the specific topics described in Overview. The selected topic must be addressed in the context of the Focus Area and Goal under which it appears. The Goals are from New York Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2021.

Ineligibility:

  • Federal employees may participate in projects as collaborators, but they may not be included in the budget.
  • Federal employees and institutions are not eligible for compensation or budget items of any sort, and their contributions to the proposed research cannot be used as a source of costshare. 
  • Graduate students cannot be included as PIs.
  • Efforts inappropriate for Sea Grant funding include those directed solely toward monitoring or surveys, or that are merely demonstration projects. Expansion of understanding solely for its own sake is also considered inappropriate for Sea Grant.