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February 2009

- Funding Opportunity: Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (Office of Naval Research, Dept of Defense)

On behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) and the President's Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration (ICOSRMI), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) solicits research proposals to improve wind/wave predictions; develop sensors for measurement of biological, bio-optical or chemical properties of the ocean; and improve tropical cyclone intensity forecasting. Team efforts are required involving at least two of the three sectors: academia, industry and government (including state and local). Up to $21.5 Million over four years may be available for this solicitation, subject to appropriation and final approval by the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (IWG-OP) of the ICOSRMI. Deadline: February 11, 2009. http://www.onr.navy.mil/02/baa/docs/ONRBAA09-012.pdf


- Funding Opportunity: Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, issues a call for proposals for the 2009 National Competitive Grants Program on the topics of water supply and water availability, including investigations of possible new sources of supply, improvement of impaired waters to usable quality, conservation of existing sources, and limiting growth in demand. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply and demand, but also quality trends in raw water supplies; the role of economics and institutions in water supply and demand; institutional arrangements for tracking and reporting water supply and availability; and institutional arrangements for coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.
      Research funding is awarded by congressional appropriation to the Water Resources Institutes through the U.S. Geological Survey/Department of Interior. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for the grant. Proposals may be for projects of one to three years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Deadline has been extended to: February 20, 2009. https://niwr.net/


- Funding Opportunity: Georgia Sea Grant

For the 2010-2012 funding cycle, Georgia Sea Grant is soliciting research proposals that address coastal development issues. For this competition, Georgia Sea Grant will support two-year research projects in both natural science and social sciences so as to bring together research, management and policy sectors to foster the development of economic opportunities that promote healthy communities that are economically and socially inclusive, supported by diverse, balanced, and vibrant economies and function within the carrying capacity of the coastal ecosystems and energy resources. Sea Grant will support research and accompanying education and outreach activities that lead communities to adopt policies for the design of buildings and communities that are safer, more energy efficient, resilient to coastal hazards and maximize ecosystem services. The anticipated funding range is $40,000 to $70,000 per year. The deadline for pre-proposals is February 25th, 2009. View the RFP here.


- Funding Opportunity: Hydrologic Research (NOAA/NWS)

The Office of Hydrologic Development is interested in receiving proposals that demonstrate the use of in situ and remote sensing techniques for weather, hydrologic and water resources observations; numerical weather and climate forecasts; and coupled surface and groundwater systems, to demonstrate how the combination of those techniques could enhance hydrologic and water resources forecasts. OHD is specifically interested in the use of cost-effective observation techniques that are applicable at high spatial resolution to large areas and that, in combination with land surface models, allow the estimation of soil moisture profiles in areas subject to artificial irrigation. Proposals in this area should assume an annual budget of no more than $125,000 per year for a period of 2 years. Deadline: March 3rd, 2009. View the announcement here.


- Funding Opportunity: Community Action for a Renewed Environment (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicits project proposals for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Generally, a project must address the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution, solid/hazardous waste pollution, air pollution, toxic substances control, pesticide control, or ocean dumping. EPA CARE cooperative agreements are awarded under various EPA statutory authorities as detailed in the full Request for Proposals (RFP) (see above url). Most, but not all, of the following activities are supported: “research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, and studies.”
     The EPA anticipates awards of between 5 and 10 Level I cooperative agreements ranging in approximate value from $75,000 to $100,000 with a maximum value of $100,000; and between 6 and 8 Level II cooperative agreements ranging in approximate value from $150,000 to $300,000, with a maximum value of $300,000. CARE cooperative agreements are intended to last for two years. Deadline: March 16, 2009. http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/09-02.pdf


- Project of Interest: Hammock Research (Georgia Coastal Ecosystems - LTER)

As part of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Project, a number of back-barrier islands have been visited by teams of researchers aiming to understand the physical and biological processes of these coastal uplands. Please visit Focus Area: Marsh Hammocks to view summaries of the ongoing research project.



- Call for Abstracts: Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting

The North Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is pleased to be hosting the Society's 30th annual meeting in Madison, WI with partners the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and the Wetland Biogeochemistry Symposium. The meeting will be held June 21-26, 2009 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. The 2009 conference theme is Wetlands Connections. Although wetlands cover only 5% of the earth's surface, they maintain essential links between land and water — in inland lakes and streams, arctic muskeg, and where the inland waters meet the ocean in estuaries, salt marshes, and mangroves. They provide essential services in storm water control, water purification, carbon storage, and wildlife habitat. Even "isolated" wetlands provide these functional connections. For all these reasons, wetlands are essential for building a sustainable global future, and for connecting scientists, policy makers, managers, farmers, politicians, judges and lawyers, and the general public. We encourage abstract submissions across this vast array of wetland-relevant topics. Abstracts are due February 27, 2009. http://www.sws.org/2009_meeting/.


- Upcoming Conference: 2009 Georgia Water Resources Conference

The Georgia Water Resources Conference has been held biennially since 1989, as a forum for discussing water quantity and quality issues in Georgia. The last conference (2007) was made possible by the efforts of over 60 session moderators, 250 speakers, 400 manuscript reviewers, and 40 students who helped with the sessions during the conference, as well as the conference steering committee and 20+ program committee members. The next conference will be held April 27-29, 2009 at the Center for Continuing Education, University of Athens, Georgia. Check out the website, and view the brochure.


- Upcoming Conference: International Marine Conservation Congress

The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC, organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology) will take place 20-24 May 2009 at George Mason University. This is an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public and media outreach and the development concrete products (e.g., policy briefs, blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy change and implementation. Major themes that will be addressed include: Global Climate Change, the Land-Sea Interface, Ecosystem-based Management, and Poverty and Globalization. Details for can be found at the conference website, http://www.conbio.org/IMCC


- Funding Opportunity: Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (NSF)

This National Science Foundation program supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in past geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth’s sedimentary carapace — insights into geological processes recorded in its historical records and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the time sequence of events and rates of geological processes of the Earth’s past sedimentary and biological record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding the complexities of Earth's deep time climate systems.
      The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program especially encourages integrative studies at the national and international levels that seek to link subdisciplines, such as paleoclimatology, paleogeography, and paleoenvironmental and paleoecologic reconstructions. Deadline: January 16 or July 16, annually. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06565/nsf06565.htm


- Fellowships (ongoing) : Various Natural History Grant Opportunities

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a leader in the education and training of young scientists in the natural history disciplines. Their fellowship programs provide training in the fields of anthropology, invertebrate zoology, paleontology (paleo-zoology), physical sciences (astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences), and vertebrate zoology. For more information on specific programs (and deadlines), please visit their website: http://rggs.amnh.org/pages/academics_and_research/fellowship_opportunities

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