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The Rhode Island Sea Grant 2016-2018 Research Omnibus

Grants to Rhode Island Researchers for
Studies Addressing the Health of Fisheries

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Rhode Island Sea Grant, a partnership between University of Rhode Island, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and State of Rhode Island

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06/01/15 4:00 PM


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Grants to Rhode Island researchers and research institutions for research projects that address the resource management of shellfish or the impacts of climate change on fisheries. The RFP meeting will be held on January 30. Pre-proposals are due by February 2. Applicants who do not submit a pre-proposal must submit an intent to apply by April 30.

This Request For Proposals (RFP) is for research projects (individual or multi-institutional) up to 2 years in length that addresses the following goals:

1) Improved Understanding of Shellfish Ecology, Management & Exploitation

-Improved and/or new surveys and sampling protocols for exploited shellfish species, including the use of hydraulic dredge population sampling techniques, and/or the use of quahog harvesters, that are more cost effective and/or more accurate than currently used stock assessment methods.

-Models that more realistically depict the spatial patterns of larval shellfish dispersal, barriers to dispersal, the role of closed areas in quahog stock structure and supply and distribution of larvae, including the viability and utility of spawning sanctuaries due to circulatory patterns.

-The causes and roles of post-set mortality on the structure of shellfish populations in Rhode Island, including spawning—recruit relationships and the density dependence of that relationship for quahogs.

-The impacts, positive and/or negative, of the physical processes of bullraking, tonging, and digging—including recreational harvesting practices—on sediment and water column characteristics and how this affects shellfish population dynamics, including recruitment, juvenile mortality, and adult fecundity.

2) Improved Understanding of Changing Fish and Shellfish Population Dynamics Resulting from Changing Climate in Rhode Island Waters

-The impacts of changing climate on the coastal marine environment, including temperature, stratification, hypoxia, pH, food availability, predation and competition, range expansion/contraction, and species invasions, and their impacts to shellfish and finfish populations in Rhode Island waters, particularly Narragansett Bay, and impacts to recreational and commercial fisheries.

Rhode Island Sea Grant encourages the incorporation of URI Coastal Fellows interested in engaging in “hands on” experience in a research environment into its funded research projects. The request for a URI Coastal Fellow should be included in the budget of preproposals and full proposals. Coastal Fellows engage in the research project for 20 hours per week during the summer session.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151048

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Research funding will begin February 1, 2016 and end January 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects may be individual or multi-institutional.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance to the RFP meeting is optional. This meeting is an opportunity to meet with Rhode Island Sea Grant staff to discuss this RFP, and address any questions about submitting proposals.

The meeting will be held Friday January 30, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Coastal Institute Large Conference Room, URI Narragansett Bay Campus.

Pre-Application Information:

The preproposal submission deadline is 4:00 PM Friday, February 2, 2015.

Preporposals are reviewed for relevancy to the needs described in the RFP, and that they present a sound research plan that can achieve/test stated hypotheses.

Even if Rhode Island Sea Grant does not recommend that a preproposal be submitted as a full proposal, applicants may still submit a full proposal. In such cases, the applicant MUST notify Alan Desbonnet (; 401-874-6813) by April 30, 2015 of the intent to submit a full proposal.

The full proposal submission deadline is 4:00 PM Monday, June 1, 2015.

The applicant is responsible for provision of 50% (non-federal funds) match on the total funding requested.

If including a Coastal Fellow in he project, contact the Coastal Fellows Program to determine the correct amount to budget for inclusion of a Coastal Fellow in your proposal. Contact Brianne Neptin (401- 874-7829;; or see

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

For questions on Rhode Island Sea Grant’s strategic goals and priorities, proposal reviews and grant decision-making, budgeting and match requirements, or about the online system, application or review process, please contact:

Alan Desbonnet, Assistant Director

For questions and/or guidance regarding communication strategies and engaging graduate or undergraduate students please contact:

Meredith Haas, Research Communications Specialist

For assistance in developing goals and work plans for the outreach components of your research proposal please contact:

Jennifer McCann, Director for Extension, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Julia Wyman, Interim Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program

Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program
University of Rhode Island
Coastal Institute Suite 34
URI Narragansett Bay Campus
Narragansett, RI 02882-1197

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