Request for Proposals 2022-2024 

This competition is closed.

Texas Sea Grant periodically seeks 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.

Pre-proposal Reviewer Working Session

Pre-proposal Webinar

Texas Sea Grant hosted two pre-proposal webinars via Zoom on December 15, 2020 and December 18, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Webinar presentation slides are available for review:

Full Proposal Workshop

The Full Proposal Workshop was held on March 12, 2021 at 1:00 – 4:00 PM CST. This workshop provided learning opportunities on how to develop a competitive full proposal, more information about the Texas Sea Grant Strategic Plan Focus Area Goals and the Research Priorities established for the RFP, how to submit via eSeaGrant and how to integrate your proposed research with extension, outreach and education.
 

The workshop was directed to PIs, Co-PIs, business administrators and others to whom this would be beneficial.

Registration was not necessary. Recording will be posted.

Full Proposal Webinar Agenda

 

Timeline

Pre-proposal Webinar: December 15, 2020 and December 18, 2020, 10:00 AM CST - 12:00 PM CST
Pre-proposals Were Due: January 15, 2021 (5:00 PM CST; NO EXCEPTIONS )
Pre-proposal Feedback to PIs: March 5, 2021
Full Proposal Workshop Date:  March 12, 2021, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Full Proposal Were Due: April 16, 2021 (5:00 PM CST; NO EXCEPTIONS )
Notice of Intent to Fund: Expected August 2021
Award Start Date: February 1, 2022
Award End Date: January 31, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Therefore, the most competitive research proposals will respond to one or more of the research priorities established for this RFP (see p. 2) and achieve one or more of the focus area(s) and goal(s) identified in the Texas Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2018-2023, and has an end user identified. The Plan can be downloaded here: Texas Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

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(s) and goal(s) from the Strategic Plan and to identify the research priority 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 Goal from the Strategic Plan, and we need you to select the Research Priority established by the RFP.  Then, we need you to describe in words how your proposed research project relates to the Focus Area, Goal and the Research Priority and how the research will achieve the goal selected. Why? Because this is one of three criteria our reviewers will use to evaluate each pre-proposal (see page 5, Review Criteria: 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. Texas Sea Grant does 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.

Resources

Full proposal submission guidelines are included here: eSeaGrant Full Proposal Guidelines and the FY2022-2024 RFP contained in one document.   

eSeaGrant PI Manual

Access to eSeaGrant

Multiyear 90-4 Budget Excel Template - This excel template is no longer required; see NOTE below.

Budget Justification Template - This Budget Justification Template is available if desired; see NOTE below.

NOTE: The eSeaGrant proposal system will output both a Sea Grant 90-4 Budget form as a PDF and will output a Budget Justification form as a PDF, which you may use to gain your institutional approvals (prior to final submission of the proposal). Confirm that the eSeaGrant budget input worksheet totals in the Sea Grant 90-4 Budget output PDF, ties back to the totals in your final version of your institutional budget.

Reviewer List

NEPA Requirement

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a United States environmental law that established a national policy promoting the enhancement of the environment. All NOAA-funded research projects must comply with NEPA.

Proposals selected for funding will be required to submit an Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire, with inclusion of relevant, proper permits status/copies addressed/enclosed, including those by partner institutions/subrecipients. The responsibility for acquiring permits lies with the funded PI; failure to secure permits may result in delayed receipt of funds with a special award condition placed on the pending award which requires satisfying, prior to the start of the project or that part of the scope of work.

NSGO Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire (Word Doc)

NEPA Questionnaire – Guidance (pdf)

NEPA Questionnaire - Fieldwork Example (pdf)

NEPA Questionnaire - Labwork Example (pdf)

NEPA Questionnaire - Socioeconomics Example (pdf)

RPF Contacts

For questions about proposal development, submission and review or the eSeaGrant system, please contact Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Assistant Director for Research and Fiscal Administration, at mzwolinski@tamu.edu or 979-458-0449.

For questions about funding priorities, please contact Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Texas Sea Grant Director, at plotkin@tamu.edu or 979-845-3902.