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Guidelines for Proposal Preparation

The current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NSF, ONR and NOAA that guides funding for WHOI/DSG to operate the submersible Alvin includes base-level funding for operations and maintenance of the WHOI ROV and towed systems. It is the intent of WHOI/DSG for the ROVs and towed systems to conduct 24-hour per day operations whenever possible. Actual operating time will depend on the types of surveys to be carried out, and the number and ability of personnel in the science party who will be assisting DSG personnel with data acquisition. A full operating schedule requires a minimum of three to four science persons for each of three 8-hour watches. Switching between deployed vehicles is labor intensive and results in a time period during which no data acquisition can occur. As a tentative rule for planning purposes, twelve hours should be budgeted for switching between towed vehicles and twenty-four hours if the submersible is involved.

It is the intent of the DSG that all basic data processing required to provide science products be done at sea in near real-time. For some programs, the amount of data processing required to obtain the desired product will exceed that which can be done by the supplied operational personnel. In these cases, additional funding must be requested in the science proposal to fund post-cruise data processing or allow greater DSG participation during the cruise.

The majority of the expendable supplies required for vehicle operations are included in the DSG operations proposal, but it is possible for programs to exceed the anticipated requirements. This is also true for equipment such as navigational transponders, long term site markers and elevators. As a result, it is important for potential users to discuss their requirements with DSG personnel listed in the Contacts section early in the proposal preparation process.