APPLY NOW – 2022 STAC Collaborative Research Grant Call for Proposals

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2022 STAC Collaborative Research Grant Call for Proposals


Approximately $380,000 in competitive funding is offered as part of STAC’s
participation in Rhode Island’s Cooperative Agreement with the National Science
Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
Projects for the 2021 Call for Proposals are eligible that address research questions
related to the current Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR Track-1 that will create the RI
Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling (RI C-AIM).

Eligible proposals will address one or more of the following research questions:

  • What are the key data, methods, and/or techniques needed to assess the current health of Narragansett Bay and its resilience to both natural and anthropogenic stressors in real time?
  • How can our present understanding and observations of the physical, biogeochemical, ecological and socio-environmental processes of coastal estuarine ecosystems be applied to Narragansett Bay for evaluating existing models, guiding new innovative models or developing forecast models?
  • What new innovations in sensor development and deployment are needed to improve the collection of physical, biogeochemical, and ecological data that are relevant to monitoring and assessing the impacts of anthropogenic (e.g., pollution, climate warming) and/or natural (e.g. seasonal cycles) stressors on Narragansett Bay?
  • How can novel approaches to the visualization of complex information, coastal species and environmental change, fostered through the collaboration of artists, designers, engineers and scientists, promote broader engagement in and understanding of scientific research, data, and findings?
  • How does the coastal environment affect humans and how can human behavior and responses be modified to improve coastal ecological and economic sustainability?
  • What new tools or techniques are needed to capture, analyze, and disseminate large data sets that engage and inform academic, industry, government, and community stakeholders?


Rhode Island research institutions, including higher education, academic, or business and government organizations, may collaborate in applying for grant funding. Projects that provide measures to translate research into K-12 and undergraduate classrooms to provide new learning experiences and to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities are encouraged. Project teams must be collaborative in nature and include investigators from at least two RI C-AIM partner institutions. These include the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University. A partner institution in RI C-AIM shall serve as the prime grantee and the other entity(s) shall serve as the sub-recipient(s).

Submission Due Dates

Letter of Intent: September 24, 2021

Full Proposal: October 22, 2021


Kaleena Harrington, Innovation Program Manager

T: 401.278.9122

F: 401.273.8270


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RI Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling (RI C-AIM)



Geoffrey D. Bothun, Principal Investigator & Project Director

Howard Dooley, Jr., Project Administrator