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- Funding: Regional Ocean Partnership funding (NOAA)

NOAA is soliciting proposals for competitive funding for Regional Ocean Partnerships that include or emphasize regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) efforts. This competition is focused on advancing effective coastal and ocean management through regional ocean governance and the goals for national ocean policy set out in the July 2010 Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, which includes a national CMSP Framework. The Regional Ocean Partnership Funding Program (ROPFP) will support two categories of activities: (1) Implementation of activities that contribute to achieving the priorities identified by Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROPs) while also advancing CMSP as envisioned in the national CMSP Framework; and (2) ROP Development and Governance Support for administration and operations of existing ROPs, and for start-up costs of those regions beginning ROPs.

To be considered for this funding, your project must have a letter of endorsement from the Regional Ocean Partnership, which in our case is the four-state Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (NC, SC, GA, FL). We are writing to let you know that the Alliance has developed a review process by which they will consider potential proposals for a letter of endorsement.

The Alliance has identified ten priority areas from their draft Action Plan that have a CMSP component. Those priorities are listed in their Solicitation Package, which is posted along with their draft Action Plan and other pertinent material at http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/funding.htm. There are also several research priorities in the South Atlantic Regional Research Plan (SARRP) – arrived at through an extensive interagency, regional collaboration process- that align with NOAA’s rfp. We encourage you to utilize SARRP as additional supporting evidence for the high priority status of these regional issues. SARRP priorities are already aligned with the Alliance Priority areas in our report found at http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/SARRP/Documents/SARRP_ResearchPlan_2010.pdf.

Alliance Endorsement of Independent Proposals:

TIME IS SHORT: Independent proposals (not included in the formal Alliance package) may be considered for endorsement by the Alliance. According to the NOAA FFO, proposals submitted must include a letter of support or endorsement from the lead ROP identified for each region for the purposes of this funding opportunity. Therefore, the South Atlantic Alliance will review all proposals not included in the formal Alliance package for consistency with its Action item priorities and the criteria set out in the NOAA FFO. The letter of endorsement, if provided, will confirm that the proposed project has been evaluated for its contributions to Alliance and NOAA priorities, and specifically indicate concurrence with recommended approach and proposal funding amounts. Independent proposals seeking such endorsement must be submitted (in full) to the Alliance via Carolyn Boltin-Kelly (boltincr@dhec.sc.gov) by no later than November 18, 2010 to allow enough time for proposal review.

 

 

 

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Marine Scientist Position (MRRI)

The Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI), which is located in Charleston, South Carolina, has an Assistant Marine Scientist position available for an individual with experience in marine invertebrate taxonomy/systematics, preferably with research interests in biodiversity and/or biogeography.   This position involves directing operation of the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center (SERTC) including curating and expanding the Center’s specimen collection.  The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct original research using the Center’s resources, pursue extramural funding to ensure the Center’s longevity and relevance, meet staffing needs, participate in educational activities, and represent the Center and promote its activities among staff of other institutions, universities and museums. For more information, please view the job ad, then visit SERTC and MRRI online.

 

 

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Public Information Officer (SAFMC)

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Charleston, SC) seeks a public information officer. Incumbent serves as an assistant to the Public Information Officer providing information, education and staff support to the Council and Executive Director in the development of Fishery Management Plans and amendments. Assists the PIO at Council meetings and public hearings, providing support in the areas of information, education and public relations. Assists with communicating and promoting the Council's management goals, strategies and activities to the public as well as soliciting the involvement of the fishing public in the development of these management goals, strategies and activities. Deadline: November 15, 2010. For more information, including application requires and salary range, please visit the SAFMC website.

 

 

-Comments Requested: Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance Draft Action Plan

Comments have been invited on Governors' South Atlantic Alliance Draft Action Plan (PDF). In Georgia, public notice of the Draft Action Plan and details on how to submit comments came through the Georgia DNR - Coastal Resources Division. Written comments are being received through October 26th (mail or email). Mailed comments must be postmarked by October 23, 2010. The SAA Comment Period is now over.
    
    An information session will be held on October 25, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the John W. Stephens Wetlands Education Center located in the rear of J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill, GA. For more information about this session, contact Sonny Emmert at (912) 264-7218.

The mission of the South Atlantic Alliance is to "implement science-based policies and solutions that enhance and protect the value of coastal and ocean resources of the southeastern United States to support the region's culture and economy now and for future generations."  For more information about the four state Alliance, please visit the website, http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/.

 

 

- Fellowship: Undergraduate Environmental Study (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities program, offers undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per year of academic support and up to $9,500 of internship support for a three-month summer period. Deadline: December 9, 2010, 4:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the National Center for Environmental Research website.

 

 

-Comments Requested: Sanctuary Research Area Designation for Gray's Reef

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to create a research area within the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS, or Sanctuary). A research area is a region specifically designed for conducting controlled scientific studies in the absence of certain human activities that could affect the results. NOAA proposes to prohibit fishing, diving, and stopping while transiting in the proposed research area. For more information, view the federal register. Comments must be received by December 13, 2010. Dates for public hearings are:

  • October 19, 6-8 p.m., Richmond Hill City Center, 529 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA.
  • October 20, 6-8 p.m., Bulloch County Courthouse, 30 N. Main Street, Statesboro, GA.
  • October 21, 6-8 p.m., College of Coastal Georgia, Southeast Georgia Conference Center, 3700 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA.

 

 

- Fellowship: GA Sea Grant - Sapelo Island NERRS Grant

Georgia Sea Grant (GASG) and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) are accepting applications for a fellowship opportunity for Georgia -based graduate students.  This fellowship is designed to foster research within the boundaries of SINERR or McIntosh County, GA  and address a coastal management issue in the following focus areas: climate and land use change effects on estuarine systems, sustainable growth, habitat conservation and ecosystem services, storm impacts and sea level rise, and social science of sustainable growth and hazard resiliency. Stipend: $20,000. Duration: Calendar year 2011. Application deadline: December 15, 2010. Click here for more information about the funding opportunity.

 

 

-Fellowship: NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship (NOAA)

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) consists of estuarine areas of the United States and its territories which are designated and managed for research and educational purposes. Each reserve within the system is chosen to reflect regional differences and to include a variety of ecosystem types. As part of a national system, the reserves collectively provide an excellent opportunity to address research questions and estuarine management issues of national significance. For detailed descriptions of the sites, refer to the NERR Web site at http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Fellowship.aspx or contact the site staff. Deadline: November 1, 2011 . For more information about the funding opportunity, please visit -- http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=55984.

 

 

-Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants (Ga DNR)

The Coastal Management Program of Georgia's Department of Natural Resource has issued a request for proposals for cycle 14 (2011-2012) Coastal Incentive Grants. The RFP is available here. The themes for this funding cycle are:

  • Protection, Conservation and/or Management of Coastal Water Resources
  • Protection and/or Restoration of Coastal Habitats
  • Disaster-Resilient Communities and Coastal Hazards
  • Improve and/or Create Public Access to Coastal Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Promotion of Eco-Heritage Tourism and/or Protection of Ecological-Heritage Resources

Proposals are due January 14th, 2011. For more information, please visit the Ga DNR-Coastal Resources Division website, http://coastalgadnr.org/.

 

 

- Fellowship: Predoctoral Research Fellowships in Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation (Link Foundation)

The objective of this Link Foundation award is, "to foster ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation research; to enhance both the theoretical and practical knowledge and applications of ocean engineering and instrumentation research; and to disseminate the results of that research through lectures, seminars and publications." The Link Foundation (administered through Florida Institute of Technology) will award several $25,000 predoctoral research fellowships per year to candidates currently enrolled in academic institutions in either the United States or Canada. Preference will be shown to proposals dealing directly with ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation which explore ideas not yet fully tested, rather than to further development of programs already in progress. However, in keeping with the founder's philosophy, ideas that can be implemented in the relatively near term will be given first priority. Deadline: January 17, 2011. Link: http://coe.fit.edu/dmes/link/

 

 

- Fellowship: Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (NOAA, Nat'l Sea Grant)

The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (NSGO), matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Any student, regardless of citizenship, who on February 18, 2011 is in a graduate or professional program in a marine or aquatic-related field at a United States-accredited institution of higher education may apply to the NSGO through their state Sea Grant program. The fellowship provides a stipend of $38,000 for one year. The Georgia Sea Grant program contact is Dr. Charles Hopkinson, Room 226 Marine Science Bldg., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706-542-1855, Email: chopkins@uga.edu. Please read the accompanying file carefully before applying. Code: NOAA-OAR-SG-2012-2002440. Deadline: February 18, 2011. For more information, please visit the Knauss Program webpage.

 

 

- Fellowship: 2011 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships in Population Dynamics (NOAA)

The Graduate Fellowship Program awards at least two new Ph.D. fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status.  Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories. At the the time of application, prospective Population Dynamics Fellows must be admitted to a PhD degree program in population dynamics or a related field such as applied mathematics, statistics, or quantitative ecology, at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship. Prospective Fellows must be United States citizens. The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of funds, will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in the amount of $38,500 per year for up to three years. Code: NOAA-OAR-SG-2011-2002484. Deadline: February 18, 2011; 4:00 p.m. EST. Link: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56011

 

 

-New Document: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.

 

 

-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Training/padillabay/project.html.

 

 

-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.

 

 

-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).

 

 

-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.

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