NSF opportunity for ocean technical workforce education

April 13, 2022

NSF anticipates increased investments in future ocean observing systems, including cabled and moored instrumentation systems, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV).

Development of new instrumentation, maintenance of equipment related to ocean observing systems, and data management efforts to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data and the analysis of large data sets generated by these systems all require a workforce with specialized training in ocean sciences, engineering, manufacturing, and data science.

Therefore, the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), and the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) are encouraging proposals to develop the workforce required to support current and future ocean technologies.

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Ocean Technical Workforce Education (NSF 22-059).

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