[Coral-List] RFP - Caribbean Marine Research Center

Jim Hendee Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Tue Mar 22 16:21:39 EST 2005

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FW: RFP - Caribbean Marine Research Center
"Jocelyn Oneill" <JOneill at perryinstitute.org>
Tue, 22 Mar 2005 13:15:41 -0500

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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.perryinstitute.org) is presently soliciting proposals for
undersea research in the Caribbean region for FY2006. The present
announcement is soliciting pre-proposals for three specific funding

1)	NURP funds for one to 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 2006;

2)	NOAA’s 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 100% non-federal match for
these funds; and 

3)	University of Puerto Rico’s Caribbean Coral Reef Institute (CCRI)
funds for one or two year projects that address the following research
priorities in Puerto Rico:  Basic assessment of resources, understanding
reef processes, research to enhance the MPA process, water quality and coral
reef health, dynamics of coral diseases and syndromes.

These competitions are contingent upon CMRC receiving adequate funds from
NOAA/NURP and CCRI receiving annual funding from Congress. 


Please note that pre-proposals are required. See the Proposal Guidelines for
full description of the FY2006 Request for Proposals and instructions for
submitting proposals; all documents will be available at

At this time we are soliciting pre-proposals for undersea research in the
Caribbean for the year 2006 in the three funding opportunities outlined

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

For Funding Opportunity #3:  Proposals will be accepted for work within
Puerto Rico.

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, and
experimentation related to NOAA’s priority research objectives.

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. Note: Federal researchers are not
eligible to apply for funds under the CCRI funding opportunity, but are
encouraged to collaborate with eligible applicants.  .

Pre-proposals are required and must be submitted by email by May 15, 2005.
Pre-proposals will help ensure that appropriate research guidelines are
addressed, and permit operations staff to evaluate feasibility.
Pre-proposal Requirements: (1) All pre-proposals should be <3 pages and give
a summary of the proposed research, describe research goals, address the
methodological approach, estimate the level of support required, and include
full contact information for the principal investigator; (2) for NURP/NCRCP,
pre-proposals should also describe facilities/equipment requirements,
outline time or logistic constraints, and give area of operations including
depths; and (3) for CCRI, pre-proposals should address potential management
applications.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal that addresses
any of these funding opportunities and you require further information
please contact CMRC at pims at perryinstitute.org or 561-741-0192; for
questions regarding CCRI pre-proposals may be directed to
lillian at cima.uprm.edu or rappeldo at uprm.edu.  ALL Pre-proposals must be sent
to pims at perryinstitute.org.

Proposal budgets for NURP/NCRCP 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.perryinstitute.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.  

Proposal budgets for CCRI funded projects should range from $30,000 to
$50,000, but larger budgets (up to $115,000) may occasionally be considered.
CCRI supports scientific research and monitoring of Puerto Rico’s coral reef
ecosystems.  These activities are directly aimed at understanding the
natural and anthropogenic processes and stresses affecting coral reef
ecosystems and to enhance Puerto Rico’s capacity for science-based
management.  CCRI is housed at the University of Puerto Rico and each year
is allocated funds by Congress through NOAA’s Center for Sponsored Coastal
Ocean Research (CSCOR).  CCRI’s Management Committee sets research
priorities and makes final decisions concerning specific projects to fund.
Support of research by CCRI is dependent upon the availability of yearly
funding by Congress.  CCRI will support one or two-year proposals.  Funding
of the second year of proposals will be contingent upon demonstrable
satisfactory progress and funding availability.  Therefore, two-year
proposals must have milestones and delivered products scheduled for each
year that meet program specifications (see Proposal Guidelines).  One-year
proposals will be scheduled for funding in the first or second year at the
discretion of the CCRI.

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, 2005.  Following peer review of the proposals, projects
will be ranked by technical review panels on the basis of scientific merit,
contribution to NOAA/NURP and NCRCP or CCRI programmatic goals, contribution
to research theme, management relevance, and logistical considerations.
Investigators funded by NURP/NCRCP will be notified of the status of their
proposals by January 2006.  Investigators funded by CCRI will be notified of
the status of their proposals in December 2005.  



Address proposals, questions, or comments to:

John Marr, Ph.D., Center Director			561-741-0192  Voice
Caribbean Marine Research Center			561-741-0193  Fax
100 North U.S. Highway 1, Suite 202
pims at perryinstitute.org
Jupiter, FL 33477-5112
Please see our web site (www.perryinstitute.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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