Rhode Island Sea Grant Issues RFP on Harmful Algal Blooms | Deadline Jan. 31

The fall of 2016 brought the first incidence of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) to Narragansett Bay since the mid-1980s. This call for research is in support of Rhode Island Sea Grant Program Development objectives to explore and better understand issues related to harmful algal blooms in Rhode Island waters as part of its 2014-2018 Omnibus program. Rhode Island Sea Grant is interested in funding one (1) project of up to 15-months duration that improves our understanding of:

The potential for Rhode Island Sound to signal an “early warning” of the threat of harmful algal blooms entering Narragansett Bay waters, including but not limited to:

  • Phytoplankton biotoxin production and rates of transfer to shellfish.
  • Occurrence, abundance, and distribution of Pseudo-nitzschia and Alexandrium taxa.
  • Use of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) as an early warning biotoxin indicator species.

Research outcomes must serve the needs of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to better manage shellfish resources to protect public health as well as the economic and social integrity of wild and aquaculture shellfish industries.

Successful proposals will integrate closely with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management as a project partner and primary recipient and user of research project findings. 

Submission Deadline: 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017

+ See full RFP for details