WHOI Marine Mammal Center Call for Proposals
2013 Marine Mammal Center Call for Proposals
Deadline for proposal submission: May 1, 2013 (by 5 p.m.)
(Please contact your individual department office regarding its internal policy and deadlines)
Award Start Date: June 17 – July 1, 2013
Award Duration: One year (with a maximum of two years to expend the funds)
Amount Available: Approximately $150,000
WHOI Marine Mammal Center Director: Michael Moore x 3228, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The WHOI Marine Mammal Center announces a funding opportunity for awards starting in 2013. This funding opportunity is designed for collaborative research programs and for research program development activities (new initiatives). Research to be funded should fall within the general area of marine mammal research and conservation. Proposals for interdisciplinary work involving more than one WHOI department are especially encouraged.
Awards are available to members of the WHOI Scientific and Senior Technical Staff. Please note that an individual may not submit more than one proposal as a PI or a co-PI. A total of approximately $150,000 is available for all awards by the Marine Mammal Center in 2013, with a maximum total target budget of $50,000 for proposals. Proposals are invited for new research program areas and also for new initiativesfor development of new areas for research funding. The proposals will be for one year of funding, to be spent over a maximum of two years.
Purpose and Award Criteria
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.
The WHOI Marine Mammal Center will support collaborative research projects that are relevant to marine mammal research and conservation. A major goal of WHOI MMC awards is to support collaborative research efforts that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines and explore new collaborative approaches. Awards are based on the quality of the proposed research project and its relevance to Center themes. The awards may be used for salary support for Principal Investigators, postdoctoral investigators, support staff and graduate students, the development or purchase of equipment, sea-going activities, or any other tasks normally associated with research projects. Note that investigators are encouraged to include funding for current joint program students working on ocean research. Salary support will not be provided to those receiving substantial Institution salary support as 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, and/or contribute to longer-term programs, goals, and professional development.
Principal Investigators will be expected to participate in some activities of the Marine Mammal Center 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 Directors of the Marine Mammal Center, Ocean Life Institute, and Institute Advisory Council in developing future research plans and activities for the Center and Institute.
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.
An ad-hoc committee of appropriate scientific and senior technical staff will review the proposals. The committee will rate the proposals on the basis of the quality and relevance of the proposed research and make recommendations for funding to the Director of the Marine Mammal Center. The MMC Director will then make recommendations to the MMC Advisory Committee for final approval. 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 Michael Moore, their MS#, and the specific name of the OI.
- Agency information to be inserted is as follows:
- Agency: WHOI Internal Awards
- Agency Division: WHOI – MMC
- Program Field should be left blank
If proposals are to be jointly funded by MMC, an Ocean Institute or A2S, the prime Center, 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.
If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your proposal to the WHOI Marine Mammal Center, or if you wish to discuss your proposal in advance, please contact Michael Moore (x3228 or email@example.com). For questions about the procedure, contact Andrew Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org, x2852).
Final ReportA brief report is required at the end of the award period. This report will be used to keep donors to Marine Mammal Center and Ocean Life Institute informed of the awards and to express our appreciation by sharing the results of the research. Please avoid lengthy technical explanations. PIs are also encouraged to work with the Center Director to present their research results in accessible formats to wide audiences.
Last updated: April 23, 2013