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NCCOS Announces FY19 Federal Funding Opportunities

Published on: 10/03/2018

The NCCOS Competitive Research Program is pleased to announce its Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) in two areas of research: harmful algal blooms, and the ecological effects of sea level rise.

Harmful Algal Blooms
Proposals for funding will be accepted for two programs, the Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) program and the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program. The deadline for Letters of Intent for both programs is November 5, 2018, for full MERHAB applications is January 22, 2019, and for full ECOHAB applications is February 4, 2019.

MERHAB expects to fund up to nine targeted and regional projects at the level of $200,000 to $600,000 per year per proposal, for up to five years. MERHAB builds the capacity of local, state, and tribal governments, regional observing systems, the wild and farmed seafood industry, and other HAB-impacted sectors for less costly and more precise and comprehensive HAB monitoring and response. Competitive proposals should meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • mitigate HAB impacts by incorporating research products into monitoring applications
    and encouraging their adoption into routine operation;
  • compare new and existing technologies;
  • provide training needed to effectively utilize and support adoption of new monitoring
    approaches; and
  • demonstrate the value of enhanced HAB monitoring for HAB early warning and forecasting.

ECOHAB expects to fund up to four regional projects at the level of $700,000 to $1,000,000 (including ship time) per year per proposal, for up to five years. Competitive projects should meet one or more of the following program objectives:

  • Develop quantitative understanding of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and, where applicable, their toxins in relation to the surrounding environment with the intent of developing new information and tools, predictive models and forecasts, and prevention strategies to aid managers in coastal environments.
  • Develop understanding leading to models of trophic transfer of toxins, knowledge of biosynthesis and metabolism of toxins, and assessment of impacts of toxins on higher trophic levels. Regional or cross-regional proposals addressing this objective are especially encouraged.

The full FFOs can be found here.

Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program

Letters of intent are due by 11:59 PM on November 2, 2018, while full proposals are due by January 16, 2019.

EESLR will fund up to six projects for a duration of two to three years at a level not to exceed $250,000 per year per proposal.

Competitive project proposals should aim to improve adaptation and planning in response to regional and local effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation.

The overall goal of EESLR is to facilitate informed adaptation planning and coastal management decisions through a multidisciplinary research program. Resulting products could be integrated models and tools of dynamic physical and biological processes capable of evaluating vulnerability and resilience under multiple sea level rise, inundation, and management scenarios.

The full FFO can be found here.


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