NOTE: This Call for Proposals Closes on 1 September 2018
Accelerated Research Program
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) invites short proposals (download Microsoft WORD template) from the marine research community for in-kind support towards research projects that make use of ONC’s observatory facilities and observatory data, that will result in tangible, high-impact outcomes (publications or graduate student theses) in the next few years. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is the primary funding source for maintaining and operating the ONC observatory facilities. These funds CANNOT be used to directly finance research, but can be leveraged as an in-kind contribution to realize the maximal utility and scientific output from ONC’s observatories. The ONC Enhanced Support Program provides a means for principal investigator to receive in-kind support from ONC staff and resources that will enable and facilitate completion of high-impact observatory based research.
Types of basic enhanced support available include:
- The ONC Science Department staff time to extract from the ONC data archive specific data collections, and/or assist with limited data analysis or data processing;
- Travel to ONC to work with ONC Staff to advance the research project;
- Additional or enhanced sensor calibration or sample collection to validate or complete data quality assessments;
- ONC staff support to enhance instrument performance, confirm instrument configuration, or facilitate enhanced metadata content;
- ONC staff support to assist with re-formatting or organizing specific data sets for the project’s research needs; and
- Limited ONC staff support that would accelerate publications and contribute to the development of new data products.
New for 2018 is a limited opportunity to request additional ONC resources to progress observatory research, that could include:
- Assistance with mounting, configuring, cabling, testing, deploying, and data retrieval and access for user provided instruments and externally funded marine science sampling systems.
In addition to providing a detailed description of the type and extent of support required, please identify what resources the proposal team (PI) and organization will commit to this effort. This information should indicate the researcher’s commitment (resources, funds, and timeline) to achieving the proposed project goals.
This program does not provide any funds to the PI for research expenses, such as salary, purchasing new equipment, travel expenses to conferences, or publication costs.
The proposals will be evaluated by ONC staff for feasibility and synergy with existing projects, and by our governance boards, including the Research Theme Leaders and the Ocean Observatory Council. To increase the likelihood of success, we encourage interested principal investigators to contact the ONC science staff to explore their ideas and formulate a cohesive and manageable project.
How to Apply
DEADLINE: 1 September 2018
Proposal and template fields should:
- briefly describe the research objectives and the merit of the science;
- be explicit about the types of support needed, and include the time-line of support required to complete the publication of the research by early 2020; and
- state the anticipated outcomes resulting from this support, (e.g., anticipated titles and target journals for proposed publications) and their potential scientific impact
- alignment with ONC’s Science Plan
- quality and impact of the science;
- utilization of ONC observatory data;
- contribution by the principal investigator towards the research effort;
- feasibility and availability of requested resources within the proposed time-frame.
Technical questions can be directed to Dr. Richard Dewey, Associate Director, Science.