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Community Collaborative Research Grant (CCRG) Program

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

GrantWatch ID#: 176752
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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

01/12/17 4:00 PM

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Grants ranging from $2,000 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.

Proposed studies should address at least one of the priority coastal issues that align with Sea Grant’s mission and strategic plan. The current North Carolina Sea Grant Strategic Plan defines five focus areas:

1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems;
2) Sustainable Coastal Development;
3) Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply;
4) Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities; and
5) Environmental Literacy and Career Initiation.

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.

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

$2,000 - $25,000

Investigators may only propose one-year (12 months maximum) research projects. Multiyear projects will not be considered. Projects should be planned around an April 1, 2017 start date.

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.

News Release:

Applications must be received 4:00 PM on January 12, 2017. Proposals can be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed. Faxed proposals will not be accepted. Email proposals to Vanda Lewis.

Notification letters of funding decisions will be sent by March 31, 2017.

Matching funds are not required but are encouraged.

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

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

John Fear, Deputy Director
919-515-9104 / 252-222-6314

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

Scott Baker, Fisheries Specialis

Email proposals to:

Vanda Lewis

Mail or deliver applications to:

Vanda Lewis
North Carolina Sea Grant
NC State University/CMAST
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557

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