Texas Sea Grant Request for Proposals 2020-2022
The Texas Sea Grant College Program has released the FY2020-2022 Request for Research Proposals!!
Texas Sea Grant is seeking proposals from investigators at ALL Texas universities and colleges. Others eligible include: nonprofit, non-academic institutions; for-profit organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and unaffiliated persons.
Awards will support outcome-oriented research that spans broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering; will improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas’ coastal and marine resources; and will generate substantial social, economic and environmental impacts in Texas.
Texas Sea Grant encourages research with an emphasis in one or more of the Research Priorities as stated in the Request for Research Proposals FY2020-2022 document at the link below.
Pre-proposal Webinar: January 7, 2019, 11:00 AM CST - 12:30 PM CST (contact Kimber De Salvo at email@example.com)
Pre-proposal Due Date: February 4, 2019 (5:00 PM CST; NO EXCEPTIONS)
Pre-proposal Feedback to PIs: April 1, 2019
Notice of Intent to Fund: October, 2019
Award Start Date: February 1, 2020
Award End Date: January 31, 2022
Is recreational fishing of included in this RFP?
Yes. If you look at the RFP, page 2, in the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Focus Area we do not distinguish between recreational and commercial fishing.
Why isn’t Texas Sea Grant interested in funding research on freshwater systems?
We are interested in funding research on freshwater systems. If you read the very first sentence on page 1 of the RFP it states “The Texas Sea Grant College Program supports integrated research and extension projects that improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas’ coastal and marine resources, from inland areas connected to watersheds to the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”
Why isn’t Texas Sea Grant interested in funding research that includes modelling?
We do fund research that includes modelling and have a few active research projects now that include modelling.
What do you really want to fund?
Integrated research and extension projects that improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas’ coastal and marine resources, Outcome-oriented research that spans broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering, policy, law and planning, Research that will generate substantial long-term impacts in Texas, Research aligned with Texas Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2018-2021, Research that addresses one of Texas Sea Grant’s research priorities.
What outcomes do you want to see?
We want to see outcomes relevant to your proposed research. Everyone project should result in peer-reviewed publications and should train students. These are the default outcomes. We want more than the default outcomes. See list of outcomes in the PPT.
Can I collaborate with someone from outside of Texas?
Yes. The PI must be from a Texas institution/organization. Collaborators can be from outside of Texas.
In the pre-proposal requirements you ask us to identify the Focus Area from the Strategic Plan (element #3) and to identify the research priority (element #4) and then to describe the relationship to Texas Sea Grant Focus Area(s)/Research Priorities. Isn’t this redundant?
No. We need you to select the Focus Area and we need you to select the Research Priority and then we need you to describe in words how your proposed research project relates to the Focus Area and the Research Priority. Why? Because this is one of two criteria our reviewers will use to evaluate each preproposal (see page 5, review criterion #1: The degree to which the proposed research relates to Texas Sea Grant focus areas and research priorities identified in the RFP).
Why doesn’t Texas Sea Grant fund mini-grants? Other Sea Grant programs do.
Every Sea Grant program operates differently. Some years we receive a small amount of extra funds from the National Sea Grant Office for specific types of projects and we will give mini-grants when these funds come to us. In other years, we have had leftover funds from research projects that we funded but did not use all of their money and we have redistributed this small amount of leftover funds to new research projects. These mini-grant funds are typically called “program development” funds by the National Sea Grant Office and some Sea Grant Programs budget for these funds annually in their four year omnibus proposals/awards. I do not do this. Programmatic funds are not viewed as, counted as, nor coded as “research” in the National Sea Grant Office PIER reporting system and because state programs are required to spend 40-50% of their core federal funds on research, this can become problematic at evaluation time.