Biennial Request for Proposals
New Hampshire Sea Grant seeks pre-proposals for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. Every two years, N.H. Sea Grant (NHSG) issues an RFP for its Omnibus Proposal for those seeking major (< $100k/year) funding for research projects. During 2017, the program will be reviewing proposals from investigators for one or two-year research funding during 2018-2020. A brief summary of this opportunity is provided below along with links to additional information.
N.H. Sea Grant Call for Proposals
The guiding philosophy for N.H. Sea Grant is to serve the state and region by supporting innovative and cutting-edge research integrated with expert extension, outreach and education to support dialogue and science-based decision-making in areas of particular importance to our region. To meet our organizational mission, we seek to foster and support the highest quality marine and coastal research and education projects that relate to the N.H. Sea Grant Program’s Strategic Plan’s Focus Areas:
- Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
- Resilient Communities and Economies
- Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development
For this particular RFP, the N.H. Sea Grant Program encourages proposals to address the need for Safe and Sustainable Seafood Production through responsible stewardship of healthy coastal ecosystems that balances ecosystem services and helps communities maintain working waterfronts and coastal economies. Achieving progress will require innovative biophysical, socio-economical and engineering research. High quality proposals that do not focus on this theme, but on other Focus Areas outlined in the current strategic plan will also be considered.
Examples of research topics related to this theme are:
- Aquaculture production (technical, engineering, ecosystem impact) including an assessment of business opportunities and risks;
- Improved science and understanding of ecological processes and community interactions in coastal and estuarine waters;
- Improved seafood processing and marketing;
- Harvesting and production methods that improve environmental impact of aquaculture/harvesting;
- Reduced public and ecosystem risks due to contaminants, pathogens and biotoxins; and
- Impacts of climate change on ecosystems and fisheries.
Successful proposals will clearly identify end users of the resulting research, and robust engagement activities will be a requirement for all proposals. Thus, we strongly recommend that researchers seek to work with Sea Grant extension specialists and educators as early as possible to ensure their input is integrated into proposals from the beginning. See link to guidelines below.
The new Strategic Plan for NHSG is still under review by the national office, so please refer to the 2014-17 N.H. Sea Grant Strategic Plan that provides specific guidance on goals for research, extension and education. Investigators writing research proposals should carefully read this document and consider how their proposed project aligns with the research theme and/or the broader goals of NHSG. The links listed below provide information and access to important related information.
Pre-proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. Notification of the status of the review of all preliminary proposals will be made by April 14, 2017. Full proposal submissions will be due by June 2, 2017 at 5:00PM EDT.
Please see RFP calendar to the right.