Monday, August 21, 2017

2014 Special Projects Funding Announcement 

Competition: GULF OF MEXICO ESTUARINE AND MARINE FISH HABITAT ASSESSMENT 

- This competition is closed -

Closing Date: June 30, 2014

Date of Posting: June 2, 2014. The NOAA National Sea Grant Office in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Science and Technology is soliciting proposals from Sea Grant programs within the Continental Southeast Region (North Carolina through Texas) for a fish habitat estuarine and marine fish habitat condition assessment for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) in support of the National Fish Habitat Partnership 2015 assessment.  It is anticipated that up to $50,000 in total Federal funding will be available to support a project under this announcement. Consult the Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available at Grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, evaluation criteria, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.  Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECT "F" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Background: A pilot phase of an estuary condition assessment for the northern GoM was conducted that developed a spatial framework and database and a three-step process to identify indicators, model their responses to stressors and natural environmental gradients, and combine the results into an assessment of biological condition.  NMFS is soliciting proposals to complete the GoM condition assessment by building on the work that was already completed as discussed in this document. Detailed information, data, and methods from the pilot study will be provided to the selected applicant. The proposal should include methodology to conduct additional analysis to specifically understand (a) temporal trends in biological responses across a three-decade time series, (b) what natural gradients in addition to salinity and temperature are influential on biological organisms, (c) identify important community metrics and biological species (i.e., biological indicators) and anthropogenic stressors, and develop maps showing the relative anthropogenic stress level of each estuary, and (d) use models to predict the probability of biological species presence (or community metric value) under different natural gradients and anthropogenic stressors.

The principal investigator (PI) shall have prior experience with the National Fish Habitat Partnership program and regional Fish Habitat Partnerships, and previous experience developing assessment components for the National Fish Habitat Assessments.  PI qualifications should demonstrate a strong background in multivariate statistics, landscape ecology, and geographic analyses, using R programming, Access databases, and ArcGIS. 

It is anticipated that a single proposal will be selected.  Applications should propose a start date of October 1, 2014, and an end date no later than September 31, 2015. Non-federal match is not required for this solicitation. An application must include these components as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity: SF-424 form, 90-2 Project Summary (use the "Short Form"), and Project Description. In addition, the application must include a 90-4 form and Standard Forms 424A, 424B and CD-511. The "Short Form" 90-2 and 90-4 forms are available on the Sea Grant Forms and Templates webpage. The other forms are included in the application package from grants.gov.

Applications must be submitted on grants.gov to Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014- 2004033, Special Project "F", no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on June 30, 2014.

This competition is only open to: Sea Grant Programs within the Continental Southeast Coast (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.)

For further information about this National Strategic Investment, please consult Federal Funding , or send questions to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov.

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