RFP 2004 - Caribbean Marine Research Center

CMRC cmrc at cmrc.org
Fri Mar 28 20:28:23 EST 2003


NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP)

Undersea Research on Tropical and Subtropical Marine Ecosystems

As one of six NURP Centers under the auspices of NOAA's Undersea Research
Program (NURP) (www.nurp.noaa.gov), the Caribbean Marine Research Center
(CMRC) (www.cmrc.org) is presently soliciting proposals for undersea
research in the Caribbean region for FY2004. The present announcement is
soliciting pre-proposals for two specific funding opportunities:

1)      NURP funds for two year projects focusing on NOAA/NURP research
priorities under the research theme of Examinations of the effectiveness of
'no-take' marine protected areas to be initiated in 2004; and

2)      NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (NCRCP) funds for one to two
year projects (with one year preferred) that address the following priority
research needs for the U.S. Caribbean: overfishing, pollution, coral disease
and bleaching, and invasive species, and the impact of these stressors on
coral reef ecosystems.  The evaluation of management effectiveness is also
encouraged. Note that there is requirement of 50% non-federal match for
these funds.

These competitions are contingent upon CMRC receiving adequate funds from


Please note that preproposals are required. See the Proposal Guidelines for
full description of the FY2004 Request for Proposals and instructions for
submitting proposals.

At this time we are soliciting pre-proposals for undersea research in the
Caribbean for the year 2004 in the two funding opportunities outlined above.

For Funding Opportunity #1: Proposals will be accepted for work at any site
in the Caribbean pertinent to U.S. interests, but priority areas for
operations are Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.
Virgin Islands.

For Funding Opportunity #2: Proposals will be accepted for work at any site
in the U.S. Caribbean, which includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin

CMRC also encourages innovative uses of existing data and inter-site
comparisons throughout the Caribbean. The in situ approach supported by NURP
allows acquisition of otherwise unobtainable observations, samples,
exploration, and experimentation related to NOAA's priority research

Eligible applicants are U.S. institutions of higher education,
not-for-profit institutions, and state, local and Indian tribal governments.
Proposals may include federal researchers as collaborators with a researcher
who is affiliated with a U.S. academic institution, non-federal agency, or
any other non-profit organization.  Federal organizations may not charge
federal salary, travel, or overhead, but other categories are appropriate.
For proposals with a federal partner, the federal partner will receive funds
through an inter-agency transfer (or intra-agency in the case of a NOAA
partner) from the national NURP office.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal that addresses any of these
funding opportunities and you require further information please contact
CMRC at the address below. Pre-proposals are required and must be submitted
by email by May 15, 2003. Pre-proposals should be <3 pages and give a
summary of the proposed research, describe research goals and
facilities/equipment requirements, outline time or logistic constraints,
give area of operations including depths, and estimate the level of support
required. This will ensure that appropriate research guidelines are
addressed, and permit operations staff to evaluate feasibility.

Proposal budgets for CMRC funded projects generally range from $10-70K for
direct scientific support.  Smaller feasibility studies (<$5K) may also be
supported as program development projects (see www.cmrc.org for details).
Proposals that have co-funding for data analysis and investigator salaries
have the greatest rate of approval.  Funding of the second year of proposals
will be contingent upon progress and funding availability.

On the basis of the pre-proposals, requests for final proposals will be
issued together with final submission guidelines. Final proposals are due at
CMRC by August 1, 2002. Following peer review of the proposals, a rebuttal
process, and recommendations from CMRC's Technical Review Panel, research
projects will be ranked on the basis of scientific merit, match to NOAA/NURP
and NCRCP programmatic goals, contribution to research theme, and logistical
considerations. Investigators will be notified of the status of their
proposals by January 2003.



Address proposals, questions, or comments to:

John Marr, Ph.D., Center Director
        561-741-0192  Voice
        jmarr at cmrc.org

Caribbean Marine Research Center
100 North U.S. Highway 1, Suite 202
Jupiter, FL 33477
  561-741-0193  Fax

Please see our web site (www.cmrc.org) for more details on our programs,
information and guidelines for proposal preparation, previous research
projects, publication list, and present research activities.


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