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Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants  (OCE-RIG)


Name Email Phone Room
Gayle  . Pugh gpugh@nsf.gov (703) 292-7589   
Elizabeth  L. Rom elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709   


Solicitation  13-606


Full Proposal Target Date:  January 12, 2015


The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences.  Research Initiation Grants provide start up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions, with the twin goals of enhancing the development of their research careers and broadening the participation of under-represented groups in ocean sciences. In this solicitation, the term under-represented groups will refer to and include the following: veterans, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.



Principal investigators must, at the time of proposal submission:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Have accepted or are currently in a tenure track Assistant Professor level faculty position or equivalent research appointment, and have been in the position no more than three full-time-equivalent years; 
  • Have not received salary support as a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on a new federal research grant since starting the tenure track position.  Pending proposals are not disqualifying; only grants that have been officially awarded.
  • Present a project plan that falls within the purview of NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences; and
  • Not have submitted the same project to another NSF program.

Proposal Review Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort.  In addition, the following factors will be used in the evaluation process:

  • Potential for the PI's continued professional growth and leadership in the field, and how the proposed activities would facilitate development of subsequent research proposals; and
  • Potential to enhance the broader participation of individuals from under-represented groups in ocean sciences in the United States.

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