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News from March 2010

 

 

- 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 RFP (see http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/care_rfp_12_09.pdf). Most, but not all, of the following activities are supported: research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, and studies. Deadline: March 9, 2010, 4:00 p.m. EST.   Code: EPA-OAR-IO-10-04.   For Q&A about the program, click here.

 

- Upcoming Conference: Southeast Estuarine Research Society -and- Benthic Ecology Meeting

The SEERS meeting in the Spring of 2010 will be a joint meeting with the Benthic Ecology Meeting folks and will take place 10-13 March 2010 on the beautiful campus of UNC Wilmington! The BEM website provides some more details: http://www.benthicecologymeeting2010.org/  Abstract submission has closed, but registration for the event continues.

 

- Graduate Scholarship: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program (NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research —particularly by female and minority students—in oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas) . Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships carry a 12-month stipend for each student of $20,000 and an annual cost-of-education allowance of up to $12,000 and up to $20,000 support for a four to six week research collaboration at a NOAA facility. Masters students may be supported for up to two years, and doctoral students for up to four years. About four scholarships are awarded each year. Application must be submitted by: March 15, 2010 (to be received through grants.gov by March 17th).  If you plan to apply, please visit grants.gov right away to obtain a password. http://fosterscholars.noaa.gov/

 

- Funding Opportunity: Characterization and Modeling of Nitrogen Loading from Transportation Sources and Attenuation by Roadside Vegetation Buffers in an Urbanized Watershed (EPA)

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks applications proposing innovative approaches to quantify both the generation of ecosystem services from the ecosystems most closely tied to humans in urban environments as well as developing the connectivity networks associate with the production, delivery through the landscape, and consumption of ecosystem services applied to consideration of the value of ecosystem services in environmental decision-making. Research for this FOA should specifically address quantifying the loading of atmospheric nitrogen from transportation sources associated with the Tampa Bay watershed or a similar urbanized watershed, and be able to assess the potential for roadside vegetation buffers to attenuate those loads. EPA anticipates $155,000 for one individual award for a project period running May 1, 2010 – April 30, 2012. Code: EPA-ORD-10-GED31588. Deadline: March 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m. EST. http://www.epa.gov/nheerl/about/files/rfa_nitrogen_loading.pdf

 

- Internship: Marine Lab Internship (Spring 2010, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation)

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a private Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around Sanibel and Captiva (http://www.sccf.org).   The SCCF Marine Laboratory is seeking an energetic and hardworking intern with a marine and estuarine college background to assist with the lab’s numerous research projects, as well as working on an independent research project developed with our assistance.  Undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in marine programs or with appropriate experience (see above) preferred.  Graduating seniors are eligible also. Starting Date: as early as March-April 2010. Current Duration: Four to six months. Deadline: Open until filled. Stipend: ($200/week) and on-island housing provided, along with some travel support.  Please view additional information:   Full descriptionIntern form.

 

- Funding Opportunity: Environmental Synthesis Center (NSF)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences invites proposals to establish a new environmental synthesis center to stimulate research, education and outreach at the interface of the biological, geological, and social sciences. The center will foster synthetic, collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand and predict the complex interactions among ecological populations, communities and ecosystems, the geophysical environment, and human actions and decisions that underlie global environmental change. It will play a pivotal role in forecasting adaptive responses to environmental change and understanding sudden shifts in dynamic systems. The center will also directly involve policy makers, managers, and conservation efforts, and educate an informed citizenry. The center will be international in its scope, addressing the most pressing challenges posed by global environmental change. The award budget is anticipated to be up to $6,000,000 per year for up to five years. Code: NSF 10-521. Preliminary Proposal Deadline (required): March 23, 2010.  Full Proposal Deadline: July 14, 2010. http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503440&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39

 

- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Acidification (NSF)

The National Science Foundation announces a five year program (FY10-14) to support research on the chemistry of ocean acidification and its interplay with fundamental biochemical and physiological processes of organisms; the implications of these effects for ecosystem structure and function; and how the earth system history informs our understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day and future ocean. Research projects that identify vulnerable organisms or ecosystems, as indicated by current trends or the earth's geologic record, are particularly encouraged. Synthesis and modeling projects, that might inform earth system models at regional, decadal, or larger spatial and temporal scales, also are appropriate for consideration. Proposals are encouraged that develop and integrate interdisciplinary perspectives (including molecular and cellular biology, physiology, marine chemistry and physics, ecological sciences, paleoecology, and earth system history) and use diverse approaches (observational systems, experimental studies, theory and modeling).  Three categories of awards are anticipated:

  • Category (1), full research projects, maximum of four years and $2,000,000;
  • Category (2), exploratory awards, will follow the guidelines and review criteria of EAGER proposals (Early-concept grants for exploratory research, see Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, for a maximum of two years and up to $300,000;
  • Category (3), community and capacity building projects may request a maximum of $100,000.

Code: NSF 10-530.  Letter of Intent Due: March 29, 2010. Proposal Deadline: April 26, 2010.  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503477&org=OPP&from=home

 

- Submissions Sought: Watershed Science Bulletin (Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals)

AWSPs is currently soliciting short (5 published pages or less) articles for the first issue of the WSB. This issue will feature new and unique approaches, applications, tools and methods for development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to restore water quality. It is scheduled for release in October 2010. Deadline for Submissions: Friday, April 9, 2010. Please visit http://www.cwp.org/AWSPS/index.html for more info.


 

 

- Funding Opportunity: Carbon Cycle Science (NASA, ROSES 2010)

NASA invites proposals for Carbon Cycle Science investigations within the NASA Earth Science Program (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science program), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI), and the USDA Forest Service Program (working through the USDA-NIFA-AFRI program). NASA and USDA-NIFA seek proposals to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean, and atmospheric reservoirs and how that understanding can be used to establish a scientific foundation for societal responses to global environmental change.  Code:  NNH10ZDA001N-CARBON. Letter of Intent Due: April 9, 2010.  Proposal Deadline: June 4, 2010.  http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7BCB3925D3-FA3C-5F1C-C7D8-940ADC3070F9%7D&path=open

 

- Graduate Fellowship: Training for the Integration of Decision-Making and Ecosystem Science (UNH & NERRS)

A new graduate program at the University of New Hampshire seeks applicants - two qualified students will also be selected for fellowship assistance (through the National Estuarine Research Reserves' Science Collaborative program). "Training for the Integration of Decision-Making and Ecosystem Science (TIDES),” is a UNH-based training program focused on helping individuals develop the skills needed to link science-based information to coastal resource management decisions. TIDES includes a master’s degree track that combines academic coursework with a place-based internship at a Reserve, and a certification track to accommodate professionals working in the field. Fellowship Applications are due April 14.  For more information or for a full description: kalle.matso@unh.edu

 

 

- Funding Opportunity: Terrestrial Hydrology (NASA, ROSES 2010)

The Terrestrial Hydrology program (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science) solicits three types of research that deal with or relate to the problem of comparative spatial scales. In particular, THP is interested in developing science that will further the use of future sensors for both scientific and applied science uses. Research is sought in at least one of the following areas:

  • Downscaling of remote sensing data
  • Satellite validation approaches
  • Model downscaling

Total funds available for work selected under this solicitation are approximately $2.5 million per year for three years. The program anticipates making approximately fifteen selections. Letter of Intent Due: April 21, 2010.  Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2010.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/viewrepositorydocument/cmdocumentid=221176/A.16%20Terrestrial%20Hydrology.pdf

 

- Funding Opportunity: Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I (NSF)

The Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. Each CCEP must include representation from at least each of the following communities: climate scientists, experts in the learning sciences, and practitioners from within formal or informal education venues. Each CCEP should be organized around either geographic regions that share similar climate change impacts, or major climate impact themes (e.g., sea-level rise).
The CCEP program is a two-phase program.  This solicitation seeks proposals for development of Phase I Partnerships (CCEP-I).  CCEP-I grantees will receive up to two years of funding.  Each CCEP-I awardee is expected to: (1) conduct an inventory of existing climate change education resources and identify educational needs and opportunities relevant to their particular region or theme; (2) identify key players from relevant stakeholder communities and initiate network development; (3) convene community workshops and other community-building activities that lead toward development of a comprehensive climate change education strategic plan for that Partnership; and, (4) begin to serve as a test-bed for development, customization and scaling up of standards-based instructional materials, professional development and training models, and other appropriate activities tailored to the Partnership's goals.  Phase I Partnership awards are expected to be between $750,000 and $1,000,000 total for two years. Supplemental funding requests will be supported at up to $250,000 total for one year in FY 2011. Code: NSF 10-542. Letter of Intent Due (required): April 23, 2010. Full Proposal Deadline (Phase I Partnerships): May 24, 2010. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10542/nsf10542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

 

- Funding Opportunity:  Computationally Intensive Research Projects in Environmental Molecular Science Research (Dept of Energy)

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is soliciting one year proposals for allocations of computer time for Computationally Intensive Research (CIR) projects renewable up to three years duration. Research areas sought are in environmental molecular science, basic and applied research areas that address the environmental problems and research needs facing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Deadline: April 24, 2010.   For more information, visit: http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/access/cir_guidelines.jsp

 

- Conference: NatureServe

The NatureServe Conservation Conference 2010: Biodiversity without Boundaries is an international training and education event for the environmental conservation community. Conservation leaders, thinkers and doers representing federal, state and provincial agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, universities, and corporations come together for three days of education, issue discussion, idea exchange, innovation sharing, and professional networking. Click here to see the preliminary agenda.
     The Southeast Natural Heritage Conference focuses on knowledge exchange among the NatureServe network members to facilitate productive working sessions on new developments in science, technology, and leadership across the Southeast and the entire network.
     The conferences will be held in Austin, Texas, April 26–30, 2010, but the deadline to submit a presentation topic has passed. Visit the conferences web pages for details about the conferences, issue tracks, and registration. 

 

- Funding Opportunity: Physical Oceanography (NASA, ROSES 2010)

NASA's Physical Oceanography program (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science) supports basic research and analysis activities that enable development of NASA’s current and future physical oceanography satellite missions and the scientific interpretation of data from them. Research proposals are invited in two priority areas:

  • Analysis and interpretation of ocean circulation using satellite and in situ data.
  • Exploitation of sea-surface temperature products.

Total funds available for work selected under this solicitation are approximately $2.0M per year for three years. Code: NNH10ZDA001N-PO. Letter of Intent Due: April 30, 2010.  Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2010.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7BE34E3A57-52E0-AED7-DDD4-DA8E5696A3F0%7D&path=open

 

- Fellowship: Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program (National Academies)

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply. A stipend of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses. Deadline: May 1 and November 1, annually http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm

 

- Conference in Planning: International Estuarine Biogeochemistry Symposium

The next IEBS meeting is in the planning stages. It will be held May 10-13, 2010 in North Carolina. In recent years this symposium has focused on issues of climate change and coastal environments and the connectivity between watershed and coastal ocean processes.  Brent A. McKee, bmckee@unc.edu would like us to spread the word on this unique opportunity (it is been quite a while since this symposium was held in the US).  He is looking to form an organizing committee soon, so let him know if you are interested or if you would like to suggest someone. More information is available here.

 

- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry (NASA, ROSES 2010)

This solicitation (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science) invites proposals to establish a satellite data calibration and validation office for ocean biological, biogeochemical and interdisciplinary ocean research. For this solicitation, one proposal will be selected to address these principal areas of research:

  • Quantify uncertainty and conduct error analyses for in situ ocean biological and biogeochemical observations in support of ocean color remote sensing,
  • Conduct in situ sampling, develop laboratory protocols for calibration of new and existing instrumentation, and
  • Collect appropriate field data in support of calibration and validation measurements for ocean color.

NASA anticipates making one award of up to $1.5 million for a maximum period of four years. Code: NNH10ZDA001N-OBB.  Letter of Intent Due: June 11, 2010. Proposal Deadline: August 13, 2010. http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B7FCF910D-87FC-2BCE-56CB-9A813BEF4833%7D&path=open

 

- Funding Opportunity: Broad Agency Announcement (NOAA FY2010-2011)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration invites proposals for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters etc.) that address one or more of the following five mission goals:

  1. Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through an Ecosystem Approach to Management;
  2. Understand Climate Variability and Change to Enhance Society’s Ability to Plan and Respond;
  3. Serve Society’s Needs for Weather and Water Information;
  4. Support the Nation’s Commerce with Information for Safe, Efficient, and Environmentally Sound Transportation; and
  5. Provide Critical Support for NOAA’s Mission.

This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs. Code: NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2010-2002272. Deadline: September 30, 2011. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51101  Attachment(s):  [federalregister-NOAA-baa-2010-2011.pdf]

 

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