National Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris, with award periods of three years. This competition will support innovative research to application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris and provide the potential for transformational behavior change. “Research to application” or R2A refers to research that transitions into tangible outputs, including new prototypes, products, processes, or tools.
Proposals should support priorities such as innovative interception and/or removal technologies; mitigation and clean-up of fishing gear debris; detection, understanding impacts, and removal of microplastics, nanoplastics and/or microfibers; and mitigation of the impacts of plastics in food webs. Proposed projects should also: 1) be responsive to state, local, tribal, and regional needs within a national framework, 2) leverage existing Sea Grant and partner investments and capacities, 3) embed diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA) fully into the effort, and 4) show how this work will be enhanced through partnerships, including collaboration among Sea Grant programs, and with other appropriate partners.
This opportunity is open to any person or group within the United States or its territories, as well as tribal nations within those geographies. Applicants must submit proposals in partnership with a relevant Sea Grant program. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the Primary Investigator (PI), are part of a Sea Grant program, however, proposals must include funding for Sea Grant education and/or extension personnel as collaborators. Therefore, all applicants interested in partnering with California Sea Grant must complete a partnership form by Oct 20, 5PM PT to help coordinate proposals with California Sea Grant Extension personnel.
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