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FUNDING & PROPOSAL INFORMATION 2014-2016

(Note: Links to other important document are denoted with both blue font and underline.)

This is a solicitation for Statements of Interest proposing two-year coastal research project proposals. A strong Statement of Interest is the first step to secure Louisiana Sea Grant funding, so please read this information carefully. Although brief, the Statement is the basis for deciding whether to request a full proposal from you. Preparation should be done thoughtfully.

  1. Priority Focus Areas are: 1) Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats, 2) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, 3) Resilient Communities and Economies, and 4) Education and Workforce Development. We strongly suggest that you access a complete explanation of these priorities and their attendant Goals and Strategies at Louisiana Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2014-2018 (4.67MB, PDF) .
  2. Proposals must be strong in scientific and professional merit, rationale and user relationships. Other criteria apply.
  3. 50% match is required for all awards.
  4. Faculty may participate in a maximum of two Statements of Interest. Listing as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Associate Investigator counts as participation.

What Is a Statement of Interest? | Size of Grant Awards | Review Criteria
Regional Projects | The Core Program | The Louisiana Sea Grant Funding Cycle
Student/Extension Involvement Is Essential | Strong Statements/Weak Statements | About Louisiana Sea Grant | The Core Program


What Is a Statement of Interest?
The Statement of Interest serves as a project pre-proposal that identifies a topic relevant to coastal and marine needs in Louisiana and the nation. It describes both the scope of the need, problem, or opportunity and how the results achieved would contribute to development, conservation, or utilization of marine resources. Statements allow for review of concepts, rationale, general approach, and expected outcomes and impacts before faculty must commit to providing a narrative of detailed methodology, literature review, and other requirements of a full proposal.

Download the Statement of Interest Form and save this fillable fields PDF document to your hard drive . You must do so with Adobe Acrobat; this will allow you to both save work completed and finish the document in sessions. (If you do not have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you may also use this version of the Statement of Interest Form in a fillable Word format.) Completed Statements of Interest are limited in length to that provided in the PDF form. (Note section on review criteria and strong/weak statements below.)

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The Louisiana Sea Grant Funding Cycle
The Calendar for 2014-2016 Omnibus Proposal Development and Awards outlines the time frame for the proposal phase 2012-2014 funding cycle. Slight adjustments to the calendar may be made as are necessary, but the deadlines for submission of Statements of Interest and Full Proposals will not be altered. A fully completed Statement of Interest in PDF or Word format must be submitted to Katie Lea through email at klea@lsu.edu by 4:00 PM on Friday, 1 February 2013 without exception.

The next opportunity to compete for Louisiana Sea Grant omnibus funding will be in 2015 for projects that begin 1 February 2016.

For the 2012-2014 funding cycle, Louisiana Sea Grant received 45 Statements of Interest and invited 16 full proposals for review. Of the full proposals received, 11 were funded. We expect to fund 6-7 projects for 2014-2016.

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Size of Grant Awards
We will entertain Statements of Interest with maximum budgets of $90,000/year for either one or two year projects.

Occasionally projects that are evaluated highly, but fall just below the cutoff for full funding, can be supported at a reduced scope and cost with Program Development funds.

For each Sea Grant dollar, a 50% matching fund commitment is required (i.e., every two federal dollars must be matched by one dollar from non-federal sources).

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Student/Extension Involvement Is Essential
Sea Grant is a program with its base in the academic sector and its roots in extension and outreach. Thus, student and extension participation in Louisiana Sea Grant funded research is strongly recommended. Louisiana’s Sea Grant's goal is to ensure that 25 percent of its research funding supports students (and their associated costs) who are working within a project. Louisiana Sea Grant’s Extension Agents & Specialists possess both important technical expertise on a wide range of subject matter and knowledge of local geographic, social, and governmental circumstances; they can prove invaluable to the successful planning and prosecution of your research project. Proposals with either no or little student/extension contribution will be given very low priority.

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Review Criteria
Statements of Interest must focus on the Strategies provided in the 2014-2016 Louisiana Sea Grant Strategic Plan Outline.
Although all of the strategies in this document are important to both Louisiana and Louisiana Sea Grant, strategies in blue italics have been identified as “Priority Strategies” for the 2012-2014 funding cycle. Proposals related to the subjects addressed in these “Priority Strategies” are particularly encouraged and will receive the highest consideration during the evaluation process.

Peer review is the responsibility of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program; oversight of the peer review process is the responsibility of the National Sea Grant Office Program Monitor.

Louisiana Sea Grant will empanel a group of federal and state agency personnel and industry stakeholders, recognized for both their scientific prowess and their leadership experience, to assess the contributed Statements of Interest. The panel’s deliberations will result in a hierarchy of Statements of Interest from which those that are selected for development of full proposals will be drawn. The criteria used by the review panel members to evaluate Statements of Interest can be found at Omnibus_Review_Sheet.pdf .

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Strong Statements/Weak Statements

Strong Statements

+ Project idea builds on LSG strategic priorities, clearly documents the issue, accurately states how the proposed work will help prevent or solve a problem, and explicitly lays out the steps needed to produce such valuable outcomes
+ Strong scientific merit is apparent
+ Imaginative, creative, advances scholarship
+ State and national impact
+ Testable hypotheses or methods to evaluate efficacy of new tool, technology or policy or product are clearly articulated
+ Objectives are measurable, realistic in number, and time bound.
+ Methods clearly explained with evidence of likely success (e.g., pilot data), recognition of likely problems, and plans to address potential problems
+ Outputs, outcomes, and potential impacts are clearly defined
+ Involvement of end-users clearly defined and documented
+ Realistic timeframe and budget
+ Matching funds or in-kind services from outside cooperator already committed (or pending)
+ May be part of a package of inter-related projects, possible regional
+ PI has coordinated development IN ADVANCE of the project with a Sea Grant Extension agent/specialist. Involvement of either a resource management agency or private industry is also strongly encouraged.
+ Employs students; funds student research

Weak Statements

- PI sends in ill-conceived last-minute idea
- Idea may be better suited to another sponsor
- Rationale is merely indicative (lacks data and clear evaluation of further work needed to produce outcomes)
- Poor technical design
- Louisiana impacts are not clear
- Objectives are merely a statement of methods
- Methods to collect, analyze and interpret data are not explicitly stated and assumptions and likely problems are not clearly addressed
- Vague identification of end-users of research results
- Geographic/subject focus too narrow, limited
- Too ambitious, unfocused
- No identification of role of outside cooperators
- Isolated from related efforts
- Exceeds space limitation
- Biographical information incomplete, not up-to-date

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About Louisiana Sea Grant
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone.

Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network made up of 32 programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico. Sea Grant Programs work individually and in partnership to address major marine and coastal challenges.

What is Sea Grant? Congress established the National Sea Grant College Program, now administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in 1966. The term “Sea Grant” was selected to underscore the similarity between this new program, focused on national coastal and marine resources, and the Land Grant program created more than a century earlier to develop agricultural resources.

LSU was designated the nation’s thirteenth Sea Grant College in 1978. And in 2007, the Program received a Category 1 rating – the highest level of performance – after an evaluation conducted by the National Sea Grant Review Panel.

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The Core Program
The core biennial award from NOAA supports Louisiana Sea Grant research, extension/outreach, education, communications and program development and management. It is subject to annual Congressional appropriations and continuing quality of program performance. Beyond that, additional appropriations may be designated by the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) for special competitions nationally. Interested faculty members are urged to apply for NSGCP special competitions as a means of supplementing the biennial core budget. Check the Louisiana Sea Grant Opportunities Web page for details.

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