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Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Extra-Mural Research Program

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Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) and New York Sea Grant (NYSG)

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10/14/22 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA faculty members at IHEs and researchers at nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profits for conservation research. A preliminary proposal must be submitted prior to a full application. Funding is intended to support community partnerships that will improve science-based management, to protect and restore the Long Island Sound and its natural resources through the implementation of the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

The purpose of this Call is to support actionable research that produces and integrates information which fills identified gaps in our understanding and extends the ability of managers to make informed decisions and take appropriate management actions to prevent, reduce, or mitigate anthropogenic stressors and enhance the health and sustainability of the Sound.

Topic areas address the four themes of the 2015 Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).

Applicants must specify how the research supports any of the CCMP Ecosystem Targets, Outcomes, Objectives, Strategies, or Implementation Actions. Proposals that incorporate the underlying principles of resilience to climate change, long-term sustainability, and environmental justice are encouraged.

For the purposes of this RFP, research is defined as natural and/or social scientific endeavors with explicit and testable hypotheses that strive to answer “why” and “how” questions. Proposals that focus primarily on model development and/or synthesis efforts must be hypothesis driven and those that seek to describe or monitor conditions and do not identify or test a specific hypothesis will not be considered.

This Call encourages the submission of larger-scale research proposals that combine topic areas or themes, embrace interdisciplinary approaches, or involve multiple partners to produce actionable, management-relevant outputs. Research outputs should provide explanations, models, or tools to understand and forecast the response of LIS to anthropogenic stressors and to support management measures to prevent, reduce, or mitigate these stressors.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183633

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Proposals of any amount are welcome up to a maximum funding level of $1,000,000 ($500,000/year cap) and this must include all direct plus indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

Funding is available for one- or two-year projects. The first year of the funding period covered by this Call for Preliminary Proposals begins on March 1, 2023. Allocation of Year 2 funds, if applicable, will be contingent on satisfactory progress in Year 1, and availability of federal funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pre-proposals from the following eligible categories will be considered for funding:
A. Faculty at universities and colleges,
B. Researchers at not-for-profit institutions,
C. Researchers who are personnel of state or local agencies, and
D. Researchers at for-profit institutions or companies.

Eligibility is not limited to individuals from New York and Connecticut. However, the primary professional base of the lead investigator must be in the United States. U.S. citizens located in other countries are not eligible. Federal employees and institutions are not eligible to receive compensation, equipment, or budgeted items of any sort, but they may be involved with the project. Students and NYSG and CTSG staff cannot serve as Principal Investigators, co-PIs, or Associate Investigators. Members of the STAC may serve as PIs or co-PIs and may receive funding under this initiative.

Pre-Application Information:

- March 21, 2022 -- Sea Grant announces Call for Pre-proposals
- June 6 -- Pre-proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT
- August 19 -- Sea Grant notifies lead investigators about whether a full proposal is encouraged
- August 31 -- Sea Grant distributes to all lead investigators a summary of Pre-proposal Review Panel results for his/her submission
- October 14 -- Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT
- December 19 -- Sea Grant notifies lead investigators about decisions
- January 8 -- Provide peer reviews and a summary of Full Proposal Review Panel results

Match requirements: This funding Call requires that at least 50% of the aggregate federal dollars awarded must be matched by non-federal funds. This Call therefore requires that proposals include at least a 50% match, i.e. $1 in non-federal match for every $2 of federal funds requested.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to:
Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, Research Coordinator
Connecticut Sea Grant College Program
University of Connecticut
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6048
Tel. (860) 405-9278

Mr. Lane Smith, Research Coordinator
New York Sea Grant
125A Nassau Hall
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5001
Tel. (631) 632-6906

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