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Community Collaborative Research Grant (CCRG) Program

Grants to North Carolina Scientists for Joint
Research on Coastal Ecosystem Health

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North Carolina Sea Grant and William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science

Deadline Date:

02/12/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 to North Carolina teams of scientists for collaborative studies on issues affecting coastal ecosystems. Research should reflect the knowledge and interests of academia and community stakeholders. Scientists may be affiliated with IHEs, government agencies, NGOs, and private businesses; however, an organizational affiliation is not required.

The 2018-2021 NC Sea Grant Strategic Plan defines four focus areas:

1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems;
2) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture;
3) Resilient Communities and Economies; and
4) Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.

While members of the public may have local knowledge of their own communities, they oftentimes do not have the scientific expertise required to fully characterize the problem and craft science-based solutions. Conversely, academic experts may be knowledgeable of the scientific principles and potential solutions required to mitigate the problem, but lack the social, community and historical perspective that will aid in crafting solutions to meet the expectations of community members.

This type of collaborative research approach, specifically requiring the linkage of local knowledge expertise with university researchers, has proven successful in developing new tools and approaches in coastal resource management.

Proposals should be collaborative and represent a process that utilizes both the scientific and local knowledge experts throughout the entire project. Every applicant is encouraged to consult with NC Sea Grant specialists and/or experts in the targeted focus area(s). Specialists can provide early feedback on a project idea and help to identify team members. Applicants are encouraged to detail how they will transfer their results to community and academic stakeholders.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176752

Number of Grants:

There will be an estimated 2 - 12 awards per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will range between $4,000 and $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Investigators may only propose one-year (12 months maximum) research projects. Projects should be planned around a May 1, 2018 start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must significantly involve North Carolina citizens who are involved with or knowledgeable of the coastal issues to be addressed. Proposals without concise research questions will not receive favorable reviews.

Project teams must have two-person leadership: one scientific expert and one local-knowledge expert. Additional participants are allowable as collaborators.

These roles may include faculty or staff members from a North Carolina-based institution of higher learning (e.g., college, university, or community college), staff from local and/or state governmental entities in North Carolina, staff members of nongovernment organizations based in offices in North Carolina, North Carolina business owners, and private North Carolina citizens.

Federal government and Sea Grant employees are not eligible to receive funding, but may participate as collaborators. Liability insurance coverage is required to conduct projects.

Individuals may be lead PI or co-PI on only one proposal, but can be participants on multiple proposals.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received 4:00 PM on February 12, 2018. Proposals can be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed. Faxed proposals will not be accepted.

Notification letters of funding decisions will be sent by April 13, 2018.

Matching funds are not required but are encouraged.

Contact Information:

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

Email proposals to:

Debra Lynch
debra_lynch@ncsu.edu

Mail or deliver signed hard copy applications to:

Debra Lynch
North Carolina Sea Grant
NC State University
850 Main Campus Drive, Toxicology Building, Suite 105
Campus Box 8605
Raleigh, N.C. 27606

For questions about the CCRG, or specific questions regarding academic partners, contact:

John Fear, Deputy Director
919-515-9104 / 252-222-6314
jmfear@ncsu.edu

For questions about the CCRG, or specific questions regarding community partners, contact:

Scott Baker, Fisheries Specialis
910-962-2492
bakers@uncw.edu

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina