Deep Ocean Exploration Institute: Call for Proposals
2013 DOEI and Ocean Ridge Initiative Call for Proposals
Deadline for proposal submission: May 1, 2013 (Please contact your individual department staff regarding their internal policy and deadlines.)
Award Start Date: June 17 – July 1, 2013
Award Duration: Two years (with all funds allocated in the first year)
Amount Available: Approximately $300,000. (including Ocean Ridge Initiative funding)
Director: Dan Fornari, firstname.lastname@example.org
DOEI is soliciting proposals from members of the Scientific and Senior Technical Staff for research or technology development that address one or more of these themes, as detailed below. Proposals for interdisciplinary work involving more than one WHOI department are especially encouraged.
Deep Ocean Technology – acknowledges the need for vehicles, sensors and instruments that can operate for long periods of time at significant depth in the ocean
Dynamic Processes at the Seafloor – including earthquake and volcanic activity at plate boundaries as well as intraplate volcanism; mixing processes in the deep ocean; dynamic processes that affect faunal dispersal and migration; anthropogenic influences such as the fate of pollutants.
Role of the Deep Earth and Ocean in Elemental Cycles – includes cycling of volatiles; carbon sequestration; and processes related to deep-ocean and crustal biosphere
Ocean Ridge Initiative (ORI) – The ORI is focused on exploring the largest continuous geologic feature on Earth – the mid-ocean ridge system – a holistic understanding of all of its myriad interlinked processes, and their impact on global ocean processes. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
- Exploring deep sections of Earth exposed through uplifting along ridges
- Accessing the nature and extent of the sub-seafloor (microbial) biosphere including development of novel sampling technologies that minimize contamination and provide in situ techniques for measuring chemical and biological processes
- Investigating off-axis volcanic activity and its implications for ocean crust formation, hydrothermal circulation and biological distributions
- Identifying deep-sea biological communities, and characterizing the boundaries that maintain biogeographic provinces
- Investigating the effects that ridge topography and hydrothermal venting have on mixing in the deep ocean, including dispersal of larvae and export of material and biomass to the wider ocean.
Ocean Acidification Initiative - There is a strong scientific consensus and growing public awareness that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are making the oceans more acidic and impacting marine ecosystems and fisheries. Through WHOI’s Ocean Acidification Initiative, which is coordinated and supported by all four Ocean Institutes, proposals are sought that investigate ocean acidification in coastal settings of the Atlantic Coast of the United States, from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Gulf of Maine. Thematic topics to be included within the OA Initiative are:
- Field studies of that include comprehensive measurements of water chemistry, and development of new sensors and new modeling techniques.
- Lab studies of the biological impacts of (e.g., gene expression, acclimation, and adaptation).
- Field studies of OA impacts on fish and shellfish species and ecosystems (e.g., calcification, food quality).
- Societal impacts of OA (studies of economic impacts on commercial fisheries and aquaculture, ecosystem services or marine recreation, and development of science-based management approaches and aquaculture procedures to minimize OA impacts)
Awards are available to those who satisfy the WHOI eligibility requirements to be a Principal Investigator (see http://www.whoi.edu/DoR/page.do?pid=30035&tid=3622&cid=34968 ).
Please note that an individual may not be a PI on more than two (2) proposals for this combined Ocean Institute/Access to the Sea/Marine Mammal Center Call for Proposals. An Institute Fellow application does not count as a proposal in this regard. DOEI does not plan to award any Institute Fellow awards in 2013.
A total of approximately $300,000 is available for DOEI awards in 2013, with individual proposals in the range of $10K to $75K to a maximum of $100K for multi-PI proposals. Proposals will be for one year of funding, to be spent over a maximum of two years.
The DOEI will support individual and collaborative research projects relevant to the current themes of the Institute. The mission of the DOEI is to support and enrich deep ocean exploration and research activities of the WHOI community, particularly those that seek to understand multidisciplinary and space/time phenomena involved in earth/ocean processes.
Abstracts of previous DOEI awards are available at: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=97063
The awards may be used for salary support for Principal Investigators, postdocs, support staff, and graduate students, the development or purchase of equipment, sea-going activities, or any other activities normally associated with research projects. Salary support will not be provided to those receiving substantial Institute or Institution salary support (e.g., Chairs, Fellows, Directors, Education Coordinators, etc.) unless a strong justification is provided. Proposals should include a brief description of how the proposed work would fit with other existing or planned research projects funded through agency or other means, and/or contribute to longer-term programs and strategic goals of the Institution.
Principal Investigators will be expected to participate in some activities of the DOEI and to help communicate the results and implications of their research to donors, the public, and to policy-makers in government. PIs may also be expected to work with the Institute Director and Institute Advisory Committee in developing future research plans and activities for the Institute.
The following factors will be considered in granting the awards:
- Quality of proposal (scholarship, innovation, research approach, scientific importance)
- Relevance to the Institute’s Mission and related Initiatives:
- Interdepartmental (particularly for larger awards);
- Match to a current Institute theme (see above);
- Providing a link between basic research and deep ocean exploration and earth processes.
- Other attributes (optional)
- Unlikely to be readily or immediately funded by external sources;
- An important new area of inquiry at WHOI.
WHOI Ocean Institute Proposal Submission Guidelines and Review Process 2013
Important: please note that the Ocean Institutes (OIs) proposal submission process has changed. A signed “green sheet” proposal is not required when submitting a proposal by 1 May. Instead, a proposal with estimated budget information is requested first. Only awarded proposals will require a signed “green sheet”, a budget produced in WHOI grants, and submission as a full proposal to GCS.
Please submit your proposal due 1 May to your Department AP for them to upload. This will automatically send proposals to Andrew Daly (email@example.com) and the OI Director of the Institute to which a proposal is being submitted. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Please follow the instructions below.
Proposals must include the following information:
- Abstract: The abstract should not exceed one page and should not be too technical. If your proposal is funded, the abstract will be part of a report to the donor that describes what was done with the money provided to us for the program. Abstracts of funded projects will be posted on the appropriate OI website.
- Text: Total proposal length must not exceed six (6) pages including budget detail and justification, figures and references. NSF font and margin guidelines apply. The text should describe the research planned and its relevance to OI themes. Reviewers look for a clear description of your primary research questions, your methods for accomplishing the work, the relevance of the research to the key questions and goals of the respective OI, and the potential for this work to lead to new ideas and new proposals to federal agencies for additional field and laboratory work. Please include a short description of how the proposed research fits in with your overall research strategy and with previously funded research projects or future proposal submissions.
- Budget Estimate: PIs are asked to submit a budget detail estimate that is accurate to within +/- 10%. The objective of this new budget requirement is to streamline the process for internal OI, MMC and A2S awards; an official budget will be required dependent on the success of review and funding. The estimated budget should include a basic justification that outlines the amount of salary for PIs, technical and administration staff support, and other costs (equipment, travel, supplies) being requested. PIs can use recent salary and OH numbers from fully vetted NSF or other proposals to arrive at their budget figures, and can ask their APs for assistance, so that their budget estimates are close to the target.
- Current CV for each PI: Two page CV that includes a list of the10 most recent or relevant products. Products are publications, data sets, software, patents or copyrights.
- Cover Sheet: stating proposal title, PIs and department affiliation, budget estimate amount, and the internal call that the proposal is being submitted to. Please note that proposals may be jointly funded by more than one Institute/program. In this case, the primary and secondary Institute/program needs to be indicated. The green sheet can be used as a cover page, but does not have to be signed for the proposals submitted by 1 May.
- Submission: Please send your proposal to your AP for uploading by May 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Uploading will assure that the proposal is received by Andrew Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the appropriate OI Director.
The Ocean Institute Review Process
All Ocean Institute proposals are rigorously reviewed using the members of each OI Advisory Committee (see OI websites for listings of personnel on each Advisory Committee (http://www.whoi.edu/main/ocean-institutes). We expect that the review process will be completed by early June with funding commencing in mid-late June 2013. If needed, additional scientific and senior technical staff members may be asked by the OI Directors to assist with reviews. For each category, the committee will rate the proposals on the basis of the quality and relevance of the proposed research and make recommendations for funding to each OI Director. The OI Director will in turn make recommendations to WHOI’s Institute Oversight Committee for final approval (The Institute Oversight Committee consists of the Department Chairs, Institute Directors, all the VPs and the Chief Development Officer.). Normal WHOI procedures to avoid conflict of interest will be followed.
Final Proposal Funding Process
If a proposal is awarded, the PI will be asked to prepare a formal WHOI grants budget (please do not include the detailed "Salary & Related Cost" report). Submit the entire proposal (Abstract, Text, Final Budget, Justification and CV) to GCS with a green sheet, and appropriate signatures at the Departmental level. Please fill out the green sheet as follows:
- Address Field on the routing form (green sheet) should indicate that the proposal is to be submitted to the specific OI Director, their MS#, and the specific name of the OI.
- Agency information to be inserted is as follows:
- Agency: WHOI Internal Awards
- Agency Division: WHOI – Specific OI
- Program Field should be left blank
If proposals are to be jointly funded by more than one Institute/program, the prime Institute or program should be identified in the Division field on the routing form (green sheet). In addition, joint submission status should be indicated both on the Green Sheet under “Special Instructions for Repro & Mailing” and in any transmission email.
Upload the entire proposal package online, in PDF format, at: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=22956
Please note: Department(s) should retain desired copies for their files.
Points of Contact
If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your proposal to DOEI, or if you wish to discuss your DOEI proposal in advance, please contact Dan Fornari (email@example.com, x2857). Questions about the submission process may be directed to Andrew Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org, x2852).
Final Project Report
A brief report is required at the end of the award period. This report will be posted on the DOEI project web page with your abstract and used to keep the donors of the funds that support the DOEI informed of the awards and to express our gratitude by sharing the results of the research. The donors, while not necessarily trained in your field, are knowledgeable about science in general, and curious about what we do. We wish to do everything we can to keep them fully informed of our progress. PIs will be encouraged to work with the Communications group to prepare popular accounts of their DOEI funded research.
Last updated: April 24, 2013