[Coral-List] SeaKeepers Society Call for Proposals

Lauren Toth ltoth2009 at my.fit.edu
Wed Jun 18 20:42:15 EDT 2014

angela at seakeepers.org*. THANKS!******

The International SeaKeepers Society is currently accepting research
proposals for DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions.  The SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yacht
program provides marine scientists with a unique and cost effective
platform for at sea research by placing researchers on privately owned
vessels to conduct oceanographic research.  SeaKeepers is committed to
promoting ocean research, education and conservation.  We are looking for
high impact projects that support our missions, foster scientific
collaboration and stimulate further exploration.

*How It Works:*

For each expedition a scientist is paired with a vessel that can meet the
required research needs, including location, itinerary and vessel
specifications outline in the research proposal.  The yacht owners’
scientific interests are also taken into account when pairing scientists
and their projects with their vessels.  Therefore, it is important that
submitted proposals speak to the scientific significance of the project,
the outreach and broader impact potential and the proposed involvement of
the owners, guests and crew onboard.

Principal Investigators are responsible for obtaining and financing any
required research permits.  Travel expenses to/from the vessel are not
routinely covered.

*Submit A Proposal:*

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.  All submitted research
proposals must meet the following criteria:

o  PDF Format, no more than 6 pages single-spaced 12-point standard font,
1” margins.

o  Clearly state project title, goals, intended impacts, background
information and/or previous related research, methodology, targeted
location and timeline.

o  Identify the Principal Investigator and all involved researchers and
participants, their position title, affiliation and role in the
expedition.  Include a brief (one paragraph per person) biographical sketch
for each researcher describing research, fieldwork and educational
background.  Provide current contact information for Principal Investigator..

o  Specify any equipment to be brought onboard.  All instruments, gear,
consumables and chemicals brought by researchers will have to be
pre-approved.  There will be no invasive or permanent installations of any
instruments, gear or laboratory spaces on our vessels.

o  Specify any necessary vessel specifications, including number of berths
(for overnight expeditions), deck space, water access, crane capacity,
satellite communications, water depth restrictions, etc.

o  Declare current status on funding:  Is this project, or any part of this
project, already funded?  If yes, for how much and by whom?

Submit the final proposal via email to programming at seakeepers.org.

*Proposal Review Process:*

Proposals are reviewed by The International SeaKeepers Society’s
programming directors and Scientific Advisory Council, with final approval
by The International SeaKeepers Society Board of Directors.  Principal
Investigators will be contacted with any questions from the review
committees and notified when a decision has been made.

Accepted proposals are shared, with limited details (project title,
location, timeline, number of researchers, vessel requirements), as a
project opportunity on The International SeaKeepers Society’s webpage and
at meetings with SeaKeepers members.  The full proposal document will
remain confidential until the time that one of our yacht members expresses
interest in participating in the project.  The International SeaKeeepers
Society cannot guarantee that an accepted project proposal will be selected
by a yacht owner or the timeline in which this will occur; however,
accepted project proposals will remain active in the system for two years.
During this time, Principal Investigators may update their accepted
proposals, assuming minor changes, with approval from the Director of
Programs & Policies or withdraw their proposals at any time.  After two
years, the Principal Investigator will be notified and asked to resubmit an
updated proposal if they wish.

More information is available online at
www.seakeepers.org/ProgramsPolicies/DiscoveryYachts.  Please address all
questions to Angela Rosenberg, Director of Programs & Policies, at
angela at seakeepers.org.

*Lauren T. Toth, Ph.D.*

*Physical Scientist*

U.S. Geological Survey

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