SMALL GRANTS FOR
OCE wants to be sure that the ocean research community
is aware of the opportunity provided by NSF’s “Small Grants
for Exploratory Research (SGER)”. SGER is a granting mechanism
that can provide limited funding for a limited period of time for
certain types of exploratory or high risk research. This includes
providing a rapid response to opportunities that might be missed or
compromised should the proposal go through the standard NSF review
processes (SGER proposals are subject to internal NSF merit review
only). To justify exemption from standard peer review, a compelling
case must be made as to why the research should be considered particularly
exploratory and high risk as well as the nature and significance of
its potential impact on the field. In all cases, please contact one
of the OCE program officers for guidance before submitting a request
for SGER funding. The source of funds for these awards is an OCE research
program appropriate to the topic of the proposal.
The maximum SGER award amount will not exceed $200,000.
Although the maximum award amount is $200,000, the award amount usually
will be substantially less than a given program’s average award
amount. The project’s duration will normally be 1 year, but
may be up to 2 years. Renewed funding of SGER awards may be requested
only through submission of a non-SGER proposal that will be subject
to full merit review. Additional information is available in NSF’s
Guide to Programs.