International Field Year for Lake Erie – 2005
Rapid-Response Funding Opportunity
Jointly sponsored by:
National Sea Grant College Program
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
New York Sea Grant College Program
NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
The National Sea Grant College Program of the
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in collaboration with
Sea Grant College Program, the New York Sea Grant College Program, and
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) announce a rapid-response
opportunity to obtain funding (up to $325,000) to join in a
international, multidisciplinary field-research program on Lake Erie
2005. NOAA-GLERL has obtained NOAA
funds for chartering research vessels.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to match
with additional ship time so that the program will support
days ($900,000 value) of research vessel time aboard the EPA’s R/V
from May through September on Lake Erie.
In addition, the NOAA R/V Laurentian and R/V Cyclops
also will be
operating full-time in Lake Erie to support this large-scale Lake Erie
endeavor during May through October.
In response, 1) National Sea Grant College Program
available a total of $250,000 to support investigators who can
significantly to this research and who would benefit from free access
research vessels; 2) Ohio Sea Grant will provide up to $25,000 for Ohio
investigators to support small grants of up to $7,500 each; 3) New York
Grant will provide half of the funds (up to a total of $25,000) for New
investigators who propose successful projects; and 4) NOAA-GLERL will
up to an additional $25,000 to support successful projects. Other collaborators in this effort include
the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
University of Michigan, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Natural
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation, and U.S. Geological Survey, who will
additional vessel support. Ohio Sea
Grant/Stone Laboratory also has agreed to provide free access to the Gibraltar
III, BioLab, and Erie Monitor in the west basin, in
addition to reduced meal
and housing rates for investigators staying at Stone Laboratory. Environment Canada (NWRI) also has partnered
with NOAA to deploy 15 moorings across Lake Erie.
This integrative research program seeks individuals whose research would complement NOAA’s efforts to understand and forecast 1) periodic low-oxygen (hypoxic/anoxic) events in Lake Erie's central basin, and 2) the influence of physical factors (e.g., oxygen availability, temperature, lake circulation) and food web (trophic) structure on fish production and/or invasive species persistence (and vice versa). Novel research concerning the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie also is encouraged. This research program is based upon a number of scientific planning efforts undertaken by the Lake Erie Millennium Network, NOAA-GLERL (e.g., Lake Erie Science Planning Workshop), Ohio Sea Grant, and the Lake Erie Commission and is designed to:
Ultimately, the information obtained through this
collaborative, multidisciplinary research program would be used to
ability of resource managers to understand and forecast variation in
production, invasive species impacts, and hypoxia/anoxia in Lake Erie,
thereby improve decision-making.
Research supported by this program is expected to focus
three of the National Sea Grant College Program’s 11 thematic areas:
ecosystems and habitats, and aquatic invasive species. This
program also will address four of the
Great Lakes Governor’s nine priorities: protecting human health,
source pollution, aquatic invasive species, and restoring and
Additional background information about this program, including 1) a more detailed description of the conceptual research framework for this project, 2) a list of planned NOAA-GLERL Lake Erie projects for 2005, and 3) a description of the jointly planned NOAA-Environment Canada Lake Erie buoy (moorings) program, can be found at NOAA-GLERL’s Lake Erie Project website (http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Programs/erie/).
Proposals must be received (not post-marked) by Ms. Laura Newlin, c/o Lake Erie Program, NOAA-GLERL, 2205 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2005.
Individuals, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, State, local and Native American tribal governments, foreign governments, and international organizations are eligible. Foreign investigators are encouraged to have an American collaborator. Federal employees may participate as collaborators, but they may not be included in the budget. Federal employees and institutions are not eligible for compensation or budget items of any sort, and their contributions cannot be considered a source of cost-sharing.
Applications may be made for Federal funds of up to $50,000. Allocation of non-Federal matching funds, equal to at least one-third of the total budget (i.e., at least 50% of the Federal request; a $50,000 Federal request would require a $25,000 non-Federal match), must be specified. Matching funds, including in-kind hours, are encouraged. Small funding requests (less than $10,000) are strongly encouraged, and we also encourage investigators, both Federal and non-Federal, to apply who might simply need free access to a vessel.
Applicants must adhere to the proposal and budget formats outlined below. This RFP also will be posted at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Programs/erie/.
Margins must be one-inch on all sides, and a Times New Roman 12-point font should be used.
1. Cover Page (1-page maximum; include the following)
a) Project Title:
b) Principal Investigator: (With contact information, including address, email, phone, FAX):
c) Co-Investigators: (Provide affiliation, address, email, and phone)
d) Executive summary of project rationale
Include the following subsections:
6. Please Answer the Following
A panel of NOAA-GLERL and Sea Grant scientists will evaluate proposals. Proposals will be judged primarily on scientific merit and how well the proposed research contributes to the overall research program objectives. Scientific productivity of PIs also will be considered.
LAKE ERIE PROJECT TIMELINE
March 14, 2005 – Proposals Due by 5 PM
March 21, 2005 – PIs notified about fate of proposals
Late March/early April – Research/sampling planning. An all PI meeting will be scheduled for the last week of March or first week of April.
Mid- to late April – Cruise plans developed for the Lake Guardian and Laurentian
May through October – Field sampling
November – All PI meeting to evaluate the 2005 field season and begin planning for 2006
Five (5) copies of the proposal must be received
than 5 PM on Monday, March 14 by:
c/o Lake Erie Program
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
For general information regarding this RFP or the Lake Erie Program, contact Stuart Ludsin (Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov), or visit NOAA-GLERL’s Lake Erie Program website, which will be frequently updated. We also encourage contacting NOAA-GLERL scientists ahead of time to discuss potential collaborations. Frequently Asked Questions will be posted as they come in.
Stuart A. Ludsin, Ph.D.
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-2945
Phone: (734) 741-2355
FAX: (734) 741-2055
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