Request for Proposals
George D. Dennis
gdennis at fit.edu
Wed Jul 10 10:26:23 EDT 1996
NOAA National Undersea Research Program
CARIBBEAN MARINE RESEARCH CENTER
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Undersea Research on Tropical and Subtropical Marine Systems
Funding is available for undersea research in the south Florida and
Caribbean area for 1997 through the Caribbean Marine Research Center (CMRC)
under the auspices of the NOAA National Undersea Research Program (NURP).
CMRC will provide support for research activities that require undersea
facilities or equipment such as manned submersible, remotely operated
vehicles, or wet diving to accomplish their goals. Three research themes
(below) have been selected for 1997 and additional NOAA strategic goals are
listed in the proposal guidelines.
Sustainable Fisheries - Marine Reserves
Marine reserves or protected areas have the potential to protect and
maintain fishery resources. There is still limited information on the
effectiveness of reserves and little quantitative data are available on the
processes by which reserves would operate. CMRC is particularly interested
in supporting projects on the use of marine reserves in helping maintain
sustainable fisheries. In addition we encourage proposals for study of the
role of reserves in protecting threatened and endangered species.
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems - Coral Reefs
The increased awareness of coral reef degradation throughout the world has
prompted CMRC to initiate a coral reef research program centered on the
long-term study and understanding of shallow and deep coral reef ecosystems.
Areas of interest include: 1) coral bleaching studies in the field and
laboratory, including measurements of ambient solar irradiance and
fluorescence spectra of coral pigments, relative to stress such as exposure
to high temperatures and ultraviolet radiation, and 2) the effects of
natural and anthropogenic influences, including pollution, on coral reef
health. We especially encourage proposals making use of the comparative
approach examining unimpacted and impacted areas in the Florida Keys and
Bahamas. This would include building upon the accomplishments of our deep
reef studies program in the Bahamas. Mass spawning, a relatively recent
discovery in corals, is now documented to occur following the full moon in
August/September at our marine field station at Lee Stocking Island,
Bahamas, as well as at other sites around the Caribbean and Florida Keys.
Little is known about this phenomena. Scientists now have the unique
opportunity to study reproduction and early life history stages in corals.
Proposals are requested to further study the effects of mass spawning on the
dynamics of coral reefs and its implications to coral reef management.
Paleo-oceanography from Coral Reefs
The coral reefs provide an unique retrospective record of oceanographic
conditions. This information is essential for better modeling of climate
change and assessing whether present days conditions are typical or not.
CMRC is soliciting proposals to make use of undersea techniques to obtain
quality long-term data sets that will improve the understanding of the role
of the tropical ocean in global change.
Laboratory Facility Use
CMRC operates a marine field station at Lee Stocking Island, Exuma Cays,
Bahamas. This laboratory is located in a tropical reef environment with
relatively pristine conditions. A wide range of habitats including coral
reefs, seagrass beds, subtidal stromatolites, ooid shoals and shelf-edge
dropoff are in close proximity and easily accessible for study. The
relatively unimpacted nature of the environment allows for a unique
opportunity for comparative studies with similar heavily impacted reefs in
the Florida Keys.
Facilities include SCUBA diving support, 24-hr AC power, air-conditioned
laboratory space, flow-thru seawater system and vessel support. CMRC will
entertain program development (PD) proposals for use of the facilities at
the marine laboratory with the goal of developing full proposals for future
submittal. Program Development proposals are short research proposals (2-3
pages) reviewed internally that can include transportation to and from
Florida to the island, meals and accommodations, SCUBA support, and vessel
use. Investigators must provide transportation to Florida, salaries, and
any necessary supplies must be obtained from other funding sources.
Proposals are accepted for work at any site in the Caribbean though we
encourage investigators to first consider use of our excellent facilities at
Lee Stocking Island for their projects. If you are interested in submitting
a proposal in one of the above research areas please contact CMRC at the
address below for further details. A short pre-proposal (2-3 pages)
describing research goals and support needs is required by 15 July 1996 (fax
if possible). Full proposals will be requested based on internal review of
the pre-proposal. Funds for this program are primarily allocated for
logistical support. Proposals that have cofunding for data analysis and
investigator salaries have the greatest rate of approval. Proposal
preparation guidelines can be obtained on request from the address below.
Deadline for full proposals is 31 August 1996. Proposals are peer reviewed
through a mail and panel review process. Investigators will be notified of
the status of their proposals in December 1996.
Address proposals, questions, or comments to
Caribbean Marine Research Center
805 East 46th Place
Vero Beach, FL 32963
cmrc at vero.com
Check our web site for more details on our strategic goals, information on
proposal preparation, previous research projects, publication list, and
present research activities.
Caribbean Marine Research Center 561-234-9931 (V)
805 East 46th Pl. 561-234-9954 (F)
Vero Beach, FL 32963 gdennis at fit.edu
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