Narragansett––Rhode Island Sea Grant is now accepting pre-proposal submissions for research projects that will be funded from February 1, 2020 to January 1, 2022.

Over $2 million will be allocated towards research projects focused on the effects of ecosystem change: from ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms to the impacts of rising water temperatures and microplastics on shellfish and changes to the seafloor ecosystem in Narragansett Bay. Projects focused on the human influences of these changes will also be considered.

Proposals receive extensive peer review to ensure funded projects are of high scientific caliber and are relevant to stakeholders.

Applicants are encouraged to use the mesocosm facilities at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography for experimentation. Although not required, mesocosms have been shown to be useful in mimicking the ecology of Narragansett Bay and its responses to various changes.

Pre-proposal submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019.

An informational meeting will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019, in the Coastal Institute Large Conference Room, 10:00 AM–11:30 AM on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus. 

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[info]Rhode Island Sea Grant is one of 34 programs nationwide and is based at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography. Rhode Island Sea Grant is a partnership among URI, the National Sea Grant College Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the State of Rhode Island. The program’s mission is to improve understanding and management of Rhode Island’s coastal and marine ecosystems to achieve its vision for vibrant, healthy coastal communities, economies, and marine environments that are resilient in the face of change.[/info]


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