The USCRP's solicitation for Statements of Interest (SOI) was directed at academic institutions with coastal and nearshore processes research interests that address critical research needs within the coastal community, advance the state of knowledge, and train graduate students to build the future U.S. coastal workforce. The solicitation generated 250 SOIs in 12 coastal research topic areas. The review process for the 250 SOIs has been completed and vendors (submitters) will be notified by 15 May 2019. Questions about SOI review process and feedback from the reviewers can be addressed by the Contract specialist associated with the topic area of interest.
In 2019, the USCRP is providing approximately $5M in competitive awards for academic proposals addressing the topics described below. The intent is assisting academic institutions in funding coastal and nearshore processes graduate students to address critical research needs within the coastal community, advancing the state of knowledge, and building the future U.S. workforce.
Two types of awards are available:
(1) Academic Research: 2-3-year awards addressing strategic needs; and
(2) Student Challenges: 1-2 year awards targeting short-term, focused, student driven initiatives.
In January and February 2019, the US Coastal Research Program will advertise Requests for Statements of Interest (rSOI) through the Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit (CESU) National Network (http://www.cesu.psu.edu). There will be one rSOI advertised for each research topic described in the USCRP Research Awards Flyer (available below), and will detail the approximate total funding available in that topical area.
If interested in a particular topical area, academic researchers will submit two-page statements of interest (SOI)* to the point of contact (POC) who will be identified in the rSOI instructions. SOIs will be reviewed and ranked by the USCRP team. Top SOIs will then submit full proposals for review, selection, and awarding following the general schedule below.
Please refer questions on individual rSOIs to the contact person listed in the rSOI.
General Schedule (updated):
1 Nov 2018: Call for USCRP 2019 Academic Proposals
19 Dec 2018: Informational webinar on proposal process, hosted by USCRP
late Jan - 7 Feb 2019: rSOIs advertised
variable dates* in Feb 2019: 2-page Statements of Interest** submitted by researchers to the POC identified in the rSOI
early May 2019: Top selected candidates will be notified to submit full proposals
Summer 2019: Full proposals due
Fall 2019: Proposals awarded
*SOIs are due 10 days after posting to the CESU site
**Information required in the 2-page SOI:
1. Name, Organization and Contact Information
2. Brief Statement of Qualifications (including):
a. Biographical Sketch,
b. Relevant past projects and clients with brief descriptions of these projects,
c. Staff, faculty or students available to work on this project and their areas of expertise,
d. Any brief description of capabilities to successfully complete the project you may wish to add (e.g. equipment, laboratory facilities, greenhouse facilities, field facilities, etc.).