MIT Sea Grant FY2020 Request For Proposals Informational Meeting

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

MIT Sea Grant, Conference room attached to lobby 12 Emily St (NW98), Cambridge, MA 02139

Interested in research funding within our FY2020 focus areas? Join our RFP Informational Meeting TOMORROW in person or via Webex. Proposals must include university-based MA scientist eligible for PI status. More information and RSVP below:

We will hold an informational meeting on our FY2020 Request For Proposals (RFP) at MIT Sea Grant on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from noon to 2 pm to provide guidance for interested applicants. A detailed RFP announcement will be available on our website onFebruary 4, 2019.

Please RSVP whether you plan to attend in person or remotely (Webex link will be emailed directly to those who RSVP) 
RSVP here!

In 2020 MIT Sea Grant will focus our funding resources on the following three specific areas of marine research:

1.     Offshore aquaculture, a topic first introduced last year. The focus is on novel technologies to enable offshore installation and operation. Within this area, we particularly encourage submissions in three topics: (a) Flexible surfaces with embedded sensors and actuators that can be used as “intelligent” nets, capable of sensing the environment and controlling flow and fish; (b) Autonomy for surface and underwater craft for inspection and maintenance of offshore farms – autonomy algorithms should be open, extensible, and applicable to a wide variety of platforms and missions; and (c) Very low power physical, chemical, or biological sensors for farm monitoring. Highly ranked aquaculture proposals received through this competition will allow MITSG to take advantage of up to 50% co-funding by the NSGCP.

2.     In the ocean acidification area, the focus is on monitoring using physics-based data inference, fusing diverse sources of data, e.g. at least two of satellite data, data from drifters, and buoy data. The target is to demonstrate such a computer monitoring system for the Boston Harbor or the Gulf of Maine.

3.     Underwater wireless power transmission and data communication, particularly for shallow water applications. The challenge is to deliver laboratory prototype for wireless energy transfer to exceed 1 kW, and/or prototype for data transmission underwater in highly stratified environment targeting distances of the order of 100 m.

Eligibility: Basic requirements for MIT Sea Grant funding are: you must be a university-based, Massachusetts scientist who is eligible for Principal Investigator status at your home institution. If the PI is receiving any other MIT Sea Grant project funding during the FY2020 period (2/1/2020 to 1/31/2022) s/he is not eligible to apply in this round. Projects are generally funded for two years at a maximum of $100,000 per year, with a 50% match requirement. For more information and a description of the selection process, visit our website.

Pre-proposals are due by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 that will be evaluated, and the comments will be provided to the applicants. A pre-proposal submission is required before a full proposal can be submitted. Full proposals will be due by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

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