Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC)

Making Innovation Central to Rhode Island's Future Gina M. Raimondo, Governor

Grant Application

RI Research Alliance 2016 Collaborative Research Grant Awards

Call for Proposals: August 2015

Approximately $800,000 in competitive funding is offered to support collaborative research related to assessing and understanding the impact of global climate change and environmental stressors on our watersheds, coastal and marine environments. Climate change and environmental stressors impact watersheds, coasts, and marine environments in multiple ways: rainfall patterns, food web structures, coastline delineations, fisheries abundance and coastal economies. The resilience of these systems and the ability to predict how these systems may fluctuate are of critical importance to maintaining a healthy and vibrant coastal ecosystem. By developing novel sensor technologies, enhancing bio imaging capabilities, incorporating art/design into understanding coastal processes and systems, and incorporating modelers and social scientists into a cohesive framework, Rhode Island investigators will be well positioned to make significant intellectual and technological contributions into the understanding and management of coastal systems. Eligible proposals will address one or more of the following research themes:

  • Assessment and Impacts utilizing natural sciences, coupled with advances in nanosensor design and bioinformatics to assess the inputs and impacts of environmental stressors (i.e. contaminants and climate change) on coastal communities (biological and human)
  • Visualization and Imaging utilizing new advances in visualization and imaging to better enhance the potential of scientific visualization for addressing complex coastal science research questions
  • Forecasting and Management integrating observational and experimental data across disciplines for coastal forecasting and management

Proposals are sought that can 1) lead to major new research opportunities that can be supported by federal agencies, corporations and/or foundations; 2) contribute towards current or future economic development of the state through technology development and commercialization and/or 3) 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 September 23, 2015 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 October 21, 2015 and must be submitted through our online submission tool. Instructions on how to use this tool will be provided.

More info:

Download the 2016 Collaborative Research Grant Award Guidelines (August 2015)

View past Collaborative Research Grant Awardees

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