2018 SEANET Mini-Grant RFP

Background: The SEANET program invites proposals for research mini-grants that will result in research projects that create industry/academic partnerships and contribute to the performance metrics of the SEANET/EPSCoR program and the National Science Foundation. The proposals may be submitted by Principal Investigators from academic institutions, governmental agencies, aquaculture related industries or nonprofit research institutions. It is expected that the collaborators will work together to identify a research problem driven by policy or industry needs. Priority will be given to projects that address topics that directly relate to aquaculture in Washington County, ME and, ideally, coordinate with SEANET’s 2018 buoy deployment in Machias and Cobscook Bays. Example topics include: aquaculture siting for sea vegetable species Downeast; ocean acidification effects on soft-shell clam seeding in the intertidal; Downeast aquaculture coops models. Other aquaculture-related research will be considered. Applicants should discuss their idea with the SEANET Research Director, Deborah Bouchard, or the Research Coordinator, Meggan Dwyer.  

Available funds: The Maine EPSCoR Office anticipates funding for two or three Research Projects in 2018 at a level of $12,000 each. The funds will be distributed via services contract with the University of Maine. 

Allowable Costs: Funds may be used for materials & supplies, small equipment, in-state and domestic travel. Costs NOT allowed under this program include PI salary, capital equipment (>$5000), and international travel.

Undergraduate Students: SEANET also has limited resources to support undergraduate students from Maine institutions to work on these research projects. Applicants should discuss their needs and this opportunity with SEANET staff to explore whether a student intern can be assigned to the project.

Eligible Parties: Any industry, private or public scientific and/or educational institution in the State of Maine including government and non-governmental organizations.

Data Management Expectations: All SEANET-funded data will be housed in a common repository at the University of Maine and will be shared in a timely manner with SEANET and the public. Investigators are expected to provide a Data Management Plan that will articulate a process for data sharing and data management. It is understood that some scientific investigations may result in primary data that must first be utilized by the investigators prior to sharing with the greater scientific community and the public. The Data Management Plan must provide this level of detail and justification. Assistance with this plan is available through the Advanced Computing Group at the University of Maine.

Reporting: Results of the research project will be reported to the SEANET Office within 30 days of completion of the project using a template provided by SEANET. Investigators may be asked to provide input for and/or participate in periodic internal and external program reviews and annual reporting efforts.

Review Criteria:

  • Project relevance  – 20%
  • Intellectual merit – 20%
  • Stakeholder/academic partnership – 20%
  • Investigator qualifications – 20%
  • Efficiency and feasibility of the budget justification – 10%
  • Leverage of outside resources – 10%

Deadline: April 23rd, 5pm

Contact Information:

Deborah Bouchard, SEANET Research Director, 207-581-2767

Meggan Dwyer, SEANET Research Coordinator, 207-745-0834