The Delaware Sea Grant College Program is soliciting pre-proposals for two years of funding for the period Feb. 1, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2014. Pre-proposals should address marine and coastal problems and opportunities that are important to Delaware, the mid-Atlantic region, and the nation. See amendment posted to this story below on Jan. 19.
The following research areas, along with their companion outreach components, have been identified as priorities for this RFP.
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems. Science and policy research and outreach in support of ecosystem-based approaches to managing coastal environments. Emphasis is on:
• Ecosystem processes including relationships between natural and human induced coastal stressors, such as sea-level rise, eutrophication, hypoxia, and coastal development.
• Coastal and marine spatial planning, particularly the development of habitat mapping and ecosystem assessments.
• Assessments of the potential benefits and impacts for coastal communities and natural ecosystems of coastal and offshore energy development.
• New technologies to help advance the development of regional coastal observation systems to advance our capability to make predictions about human impacts and environmental changes on coastal resources.
Sustainable Coastal Development. Research and outreach that addresses issues important for building sustainable coastal communities. Emphasis is on:
• Development of decision support tools that help stakeholders conceptualize or evaluate the trade-offs of future scenarios in coastal communities.
• Analysis of public values, beliefs, attitudes and behavioral intentions on issues such as sea level rise, marine alternative energy, and coastal land use.
• Socio-economic data and modeling focused on assessing risk and impacts for coastal communities to climate change-related factors such as sea-level rise.
Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply. Research and outreach that catalyzes innovation around seafood issues related to consumer safety and industry competitiveness. Emphasis is on:
• Research and development of new technologies to enhance the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of the domestic seafood industry.
• Applied research to facilitate the development of new products related to seafood safety.
• Innovative training and educational approaches to propagate best practices related to seafood safety and consumption.
Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities. Science and policy research and outreach that provide an informed basis for assessing the risks associated with living and working in coastal communities. Emphasis is on:
• Research that is aimed at improving forecasting of coastal hazards (such as storm flooding and inundation, sea-level rise) for decision makers and the coastal communities they serve.
• Development of strategies that will help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change-related issues such as sea-level rise. • Assessing community risks and vulnerabilities associated with coastal natural hazards.
• Developing and/or making accessible state/regional databases that support hazard-related planning.
• Analyze socio-economic costs and benefits of implementing different adaptation and resilience actions for communities.
In addition, proposals addressing regional research priorities in offshore energy development, land use decisions and water quality impacts, and socioeconomic processes and impacts will be considered.
Investigators wishing to participate must submit brief pre-proposals, according to the guidelines found at www.deseagrant.org/RFP, to the Delaware Sea Grant Office by Jan. 31, 2011. Invitations to submit full proposals will be issued on March 14, 2011. Full proposals will be due April 29, 2011.
Delaware Sea Grant 2012-2014 Pre-Proposal Amendment: The deadline for all regional pre-proposals has been extended to March 4th.
• Regional in the context of this RFP refers to DE, MD, and VA.
• To participate in a regional research proposal, PI’s from two or more states should get together (all three states preferred) to respond to the RFP.
• Each PI should submit a pre-proposal to his/her state SG program. The text for the pre-proposal should be the same for each state. It should include a description of the overarching regional goals and administrative structure, but the majority of the proposal should focus on the idea and how it responds to the Regional RFP.
• The budget should be specific to each PI’s state request.