RI Research Alliance 2017 Collaborative Research Grant Awards
Call for Proposals: October 2016
Approximately $800,000 in competitive funding is offered as part of STAC’s participation in Rhode Island’s Cooperative Agreement with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Projects for the 2017 Call for Proposals are eligible that address research questions related to the pending Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR Track-1 proposal focused on Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling. Understanding, predicting, and enhancing the ecological health of coastal environments is vital to workforce development (WFD), economic growth, and coastal resilience in RI. Increasing anthropogenic stressors, such as global warming, sea level rise, and pollution, negatively impact coastal environments. These impacts yield complex and evolving biological interactions that respond to and influence ecosystem function. Predicting changes in ecosystem function and identifying biogeochemical markers that correlate with harmful events will enable us to devise and implement plans to mitigate these effects with intervening technologies or through changes in environmental policy and human behavior.
Eligible proposals will address one or more of the following research themes:
- How do interactions between natural and anthropogenic stressors impact ecologically and commercially important organisms?
- How can spatial and temporal detection of anthropogenic stressors (defined above) be enhanced in coastal environments?
- How can our understanding of biological and ecological complexity be advanced, incorporated within, and improve coastal ecosystem models?
- How does the environment affect humans and how can human behavior and responses be modified to improve coastal and economic sustainability?
Proposals should explain how the work 1) would lead to major new research opportunities that can be supported by federal agencies, corporations and/or foundations; 2) would contribute towards current or future economic development of the state through technology development and commercialization and/or 3) would contribute to infrastructure development that significantly advances the competitiveness of scientists in Rhode Island to secure additional funding.
Successfully funded proposals will be extremely well-organized and constructed activities that are catalytic in nature, submitted by an experienced and competitive team that can accomplish together what no team member can accomplish alone, with a clearly identified plan for follow-on funding or commercialization and an outstanding potential to increase research capacity and infrastructure.
Letters of Intent are due October 24, 2016 and should be emailed to the Rhode Island Research Alliance at RIResearchAlliance@commerceri.com. The subject line should read: Last name, First name, Letter of Intent (i.e. Smith, Christine, Letter of Intent).
Proposals are due November 21, 2016 and must be submitted through our online submission tool. Instructions on how to use this tool will be provided.