Prop. 84: Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006

State of California Ocean Protection Council


Grant amount: US $80,000 - US $250,000

Next deadline: Aug 1, 2018 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was established to improve the management and protection of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems. One of the many ways the OPC achieves this purpose is by supporting innovative research that directly informs and improves the stewardship of ocean and coastal resources. In partnership with the state’s two Sea Grant Programs, the California Sea Grant Program (CASG) and the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program (USCSG), the OPC is initiating a Proposition 84 competitive grant program to implement scientific research projects that directly support the OPC’s priorities. A total of $6,000,000 is available to be awarded as grants to support research within the focus areas and priority research topics identified below.

This announcement invites the submission of brief, preliminary proposals (hereafter, preproposals) from Principal Investigators (PI) at eligible organizations who wish to pursue research relating to the priority research topic areas identified below. Pre-proposals must be submitted to qualify to submit a full proposal, subsequently. Pre-proposals, which are intended to be brief and succinct statements of intent, will be reviewed by a panel of scientific and management experts in order for the OPC and Sea Grant programs to determine which submitted research ideas will be invited to submit full proposals. 

Focus Areas and Priority Research Topic Areas

OPC has identified six broad focus areas that include all the priority research topic areas identified in this call. They are:
  • Ocean acidification and hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience
  • Coastal sediment management
  • Marine pollution
  • Marine renewable energy

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to one of the Sea Grant programs (instructions and guidance provided below), depending on the focus area and priority research topic(s) that the proposed research addresses. If the proposed research addresses more than one of the focus areas, then pick one as primary, and identify the overlap in the pre-proposal document and on its cover page.

Priority Topic Areas Administered by the California Sea Grant Program:

Submit your pre-proposal to the CASG program if your research conforms to any of the following:

1) Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia and Other Changes in Ocean Conditions from a Changing Climate

Proposals focused on ocean acidification, hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions will further California’s and the Ocean Protection Council’s leadership in this field. In particular, research and projects that focus on the effect of ocean chemistry on critical fisheries and ecosystems, and on the adaptive capacity of organisms and ecosystems to changing ocean conditions, will support smart and swift management decisions in the face of change. Projects and research should build on the state’s previous investments, if possible, and be scalable from the local, statewide, regional, national, and international levels so that we continue to translate emerging science into action across all levels of government and policy.

Priority topic areas within ocean acidification and hypoxia & changing ocean conditions include:

  • Understanding the effects of changing ocean conditions and ocean acidification on key fisheries and ecosystems to evaluate tolerance to future changes and ability to adapt.
  • Evaluating response of fisheries to a changing climate and changing ocean conditions, including ocean acidification, ocean warming, harmful algal blooms, changing currents, changes in salinity, and the interactions between these environmental changes.
  • Assessing socioeconomic and ecological vulnerability of fisheries and coastal communities to ocean acidification and other changing ocean conditions from a changing climate.
  • Promoting co-located biological and chemical monitoring to appropriately assess impacts and fill critical information gaps.
  • Advancing swift management actions through testing of local and regional approaches to mitigate or lessen changes in ocean chemistry and the effects of those changes and variability in ocean conditions.

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Proposals focused on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture will promote healthy marine ecosystems and sustainable marine fisheries and aquaculture in order to protect California’s living coastal and ocean resources, and the communities and economic activities that rely upon them. Projects and research in this area may include, but are not limited to: projects that  incorporate an ecosystem-based approach to fishery management; projects that consider the impacts of a changing climate on California fisheries; projects that advance scientific understanding of the impacts of, and opportunities for, aquaculture in state marine waters; and projects that prioritize collaboration with fishery participants and fishing communities to develop strategies to increase environmental and economic sustainability. Projects and research in this area will enhance the State’s ability to support innovative, science-based approaches to inform more efficient, effective and streamlined fisheries and aquaculture management.

Priority topic areas within sustainable fisheries and aquaculture include:

  • Advancing innovative science-based approaches and tools that inform fisheries management in alignment with the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA).
  • Supporting improved efficiency of fisheries data collection, synthesis, and management, and increasing accessibility of fisheries data to support more adaptive decision making.
  • Fostering collaborative research and development among fishermen, managers, and other partners to enhance the economic and ecological sustainability of California fisheries.
  • Supporting sustainable fisheries livelihoods through advancing the adaptation of shoreside infrastructure to climate impacts and supporting working harbors, and pilot projects that support sustainable, healthy seafood.
  • Advancing scientific understanding of the impacts of, and opportunities for, aquaculture in state marine waters, particularly with respect to minimizing potential impacts on marine species and habitats.

Priority Topic Areas Administered by the USC Sea Grant Program:

Submit your pre-proposal to the USCSG program if your research conforms to any of the following:

Sea-level Rise Adaptation and Coastal Resilience

Proposals focused on sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience should assess how the short- and long-term risks from climate change, such as sea-level rise and other changes to our coastlines, will affect populations, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Because of the value of California’s coastal areas and our dependence on the coast and ocean for recreation, food, and critical infrastructure, it is important to quantify how climate change will impact our ocean and coasts and how we can best anticipate, and plan and prepare for these climate-related changes. 

Proposals should explore how natural infrastructure and other adaptation measures ameliorate the climate risks related to coastal erosion, sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and storm surge.

Priority topic areas within sea-level rise adaptation & coastal resilience include:

  • Assessing vulnerability of communities, ecosystems, infrastructure, cultural resources, and historic sites to sea-level rise.
  • Supporting communities and developing strategies to plan, prepare for, and adapt to the impacts of storm events and sea-level rise to increase the resilience of coastal communities, infrastructure, development, and other resources and to reduce hazards.
  • Developing decision-support tools and implementing adaptation measures to help communities with unequal burdens from climate risks or insufficient resources to respond to these risks.
  • Implementing adaptation measures to ameliorate risks and impacts related to coastal erosion, sea-level rise, coastal flooding and storm surge while providing protection such as nature-based infrastructure and innovative shoreline design and planning.

Coastal Sediment Management

Proposals focused on coastal sediment management should address sediment as an integral component of the coastal ecosystem, representing a public good that must be managed to provide for quality of life, natural resource protection, and economic sustainability. Projects and research in this area may include, but are not limited to: studies on the potential ecological and economic impacts of coastal sediment management projects (e.g. beach nourishment, wetlands restoration, beneficial reuse of sand, managed retreat); research on effective methods to reduce or eliminate harmful effects of coastal sediment management projects; studies that develop indicators that can improve monitoring methods for beach restoration and other projects using sediment; projects that support implementation of the state’s 13 Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plans; and research projects that will increase the understanding of coastal processes affecting the California coast and natural sediment supply available to the coast.

Priority topic areas within coastal sediment management include:

  • Increasing the understanding of coastal processes affecting the California coast and sediment supply available to the coast.
  • Assessing the potential ecological and economic impacts of coastal sediment management projects; e.g. beach nourishment, wetlands restoration, beneficial reuse of sand, managed retreat.
  • Identifying and assessing the effectiveness of methods to reduce or eliminate harmful effects of coastal sediment management projects.
  • Developing indicators that can inform development and monitoring plans for beach restoration projects.
  • Implementing the California Sediment Master Plan.
  • Implementing the state’s 13 Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plans.

Marine Pollution

Proposals focused on marine pollution should improve the State’s understanding of the sources, loading, and impacts of marine pollutants. Proposals under this program may include, but are not limited to, addressing the following themes: cross-cutting pollution issues, the implications of marine pollution for human health; and projects that advance the State’s ability to effectively and cost-efficiently monitor for and assess the impacts of emerging marine pollution problems.

Priority topic areas within marine pollution include:

  • Improving our understanding of the effectiveness of actions taken to improve water quality through systematic assessments of coastal and marine receiving waters in the State. Pollutants to consider may include, but are not limited to, stormwater pollution, unregulated pollutants (contaminants of emerging concern), microplastics, nutrients, and toxics.
  • Improving our understanding of how climate change may impact existing or emerging marine pollution issues, such as bacterial pathogens and metals, and how to adaptively manage pollution issues as ocean conditions change.
  • Improving our understanding of local and regional hotspots of anthropogenic nutrient inputs, and their impacts as drivers of multiple water quality problems, including the types of sources that drive nutrient inputs (runoff, stormwater, or wastewater), and how anthropogenic inputs are impacting coastal and offshore (including deep ocean) biogeochemical processes.
  • Advancing assessments of emerging water quality issues that impact human and ecosystem health, including implementing the recommendations of Framing the Scientific Opportunities on Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries.
  • Using innovative approaches to advance our understanding of how to best protect water quality.

Marine Renewable Energy

Proposals focused on marine renewable energy issues should improve the State’s understanding of the potential impacts and feasibility of deploying nascent technologies offshore California that would harvest offshore wind, wave, tidal, and ocean thermal energy for both small-scale and commercial energy production. Projects and research in this area may include, but are not limited to: research on the potential ecological impacts of deploying any marine renewable technology offshore California and strategies to eliminate or reduce them; studies to develop indicators that will inform marine renewable energy project development and operation monitoring plans; and project and studies that assess the technological, economic, or environmental feasibility of deploying wind, wave and tidal energy devices in California.

Priority topic areas within marine renewable energy include:

  • Assessing the potential ecological and economic impacts of wind, wave and tidal energy development offshore California at a specific location/region or statewide.
  • Identifying and assessing the effectiveness of methods to reduce or eliminate harmful effects of marine renewable energy projects.
  • Developing indicators that can inform project development and monitoring plans for a commercial scale or pilot scale project.
  • Assessing the technological, economic, and environmental feasibility of deploying wind, wave and tidal energy devices in California at either a pilot or commercial scale.
  • Assessing the potential for reusing outer continental oil and gas facilities to support renewable energy development offshore California

Term and Level of Research Support

Eligible proposing institutions are welcome to propose research lasting up to 3- years in duration, and requesting a total budget from $80,000 to $250,000 (sum of total direct costs plus 25% indirect costs). Shorter duration research projects and/or those requesting above the minimum allowable funds but less than the maximum allowable funds are welcomed. 

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