THE U.S. SOUTHERN OCEAN
GLOBAL OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS DYNAMICS PROGRAM
NSF 99-100Office of Polar Programs
DEADLINE DATE: JUNE 15, 1999NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
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Program Name:The U.S. Southern Ocean Global Ocean Ecosystems
Short Description/Synopsis of Program:
The overall goals of the SO GLOBEC program are to elucidate shelf circulation processes and their effect on sea ice formation and krill distribution, and to examine the factors which govern krill survivorship and availability to higher trophic levels, including penguins, seals and whales. The goals will be accomplished through broad scale synoptic studies and process-oriented investigations, to be conducted primarily during the austral winter. The program also seeks to improve the predictability of living marine resources, especially with respect to local and global climatic shifts. Therefore, synthesis and modelling studies which address this need are encouraged. The US component of the multinational SO GLOBEC program will focus on the West Antarctic peninsula (WAP) region.
Cognizant Program Officer(s): Dr. Polly A. Penhale or Dr. Roberta L. Marinelli, Antarctic Biology and Medicine, email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Bernhard Lettau, Antarctic Ocean and Climate Systems, email: email@example.com; all at Office of Polar Programs, Room 755, (703) 306-1033.
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 47.078 — Office of Polar Programs
PROPOSAL PREPARATION & SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONSProposal Preparation Instructions
PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
The U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (U.S. GLOBEC) program is a component of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and is the U.S. component of the International GLOBEC program, a core project of the IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Program). The GLOBEC program has the goal of understanding and ultimately predicting how populations of marine animal species respond to natural and anthropogenic changes in climate. Research in the Southern Ocean (SO) indicates strong coupling between climatic processes and ecosystem dynamics via the annual formation and destruction of sea ice. The Southern Ocean GLOBEC Program (SO GLOBEC) will investigate the dynamic relationship between physical processes and ecosystem responses through identification of critical parameters that affect the distribution, abundance and population dynamics of target species.
The SO GLOBEC program has been developed following national and international meetings where scientists from the oceanographic and fisheries communities identified key scientific issues and target species relevant to the Southern Ocean ecosystem. Workshop reports are available from the following address or home page:
U.S. GLOBEC Scientific Steering
Committee Coordinating Office
University of Maryland Center for
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
P.O. Box 38 / Solomons, MD 20688
Tel: (410) 326-7289
Fax: (410) 326-7318
Additional information on International SO GLOBEC activities is available from the International GLOBEC home page:http://www1.npm.ac.uk/globec/
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe overall goals of the SO GLOBEC program are to elucidate shelf circulation processes and their effect on sea ice formation and krill distribution, and to examine the factors which govern krill survivorship and availability to higher trophic levels, including penguins, seals and whales. With this overall goal, the principal target species for study in the SO GLOBEC program is Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Additionally, the multinational SO GLOBEC program will focus on two primary study locations: The West Antarctic peninsula (WAP) region and 70E and surrounding area. The WAP region will be studied through a multi-nation, multi-ship effort in order to obtain seasonal coverage, whereas the 70E region will be studied in the austral summer. In the WAP, summer studies will focus on foraging and recruitment of krill, whereas winter studies will focus on overwintering strategies. The US field effort will be dedicated to austral winter investigations in the WAP. The field portion of the overall SO GLOBEC Program is scheduled to begin in April 2001. The US SO GLOBEC field program will consist of a two-ship opportunity (consisting of two cruises on the RV Nathaniel B. Palmer and one cruise on the RV Laurence M. Gould) during the austral winter in 2001 and one austral winter cruise in 2002. Total funds available to support the US SO GLOBEC initiative are expected to be $7 million over three years. The goals of the US SO GLOBEC program will be accomplished through broad-scale synoptic studies and process-oriented investigations, to be conducted primarily during the austral winter, which address the following questions:
ELIGIBILITYProposals may be submitted by organizations in support of individuals and groups as specified in NSF99-2, the Grant Proposal Guide.
AWARD INFORMATIONUnder this announcement, proposals may be submitted for a duration of up to three years. NSF expects to fund approximately 20 to 25 standard or continuing grants, depending on the quality of submissions and the availability of funds. Approximately $7 million will be available for this initiative in FY 2000 - 2002. Anticipated date of awards: January 2000.
PROPOSAL PREPARATION & SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions.Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 99-2, and with the relevant forms available in the Proposal Forms Kit (NSF publication 99-3). The complete text of the GPG (including electronic forms) and all relevant forms are available electronically on the NSF Web site at: <https://www.nsf.gov/>. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposers are reminded to identify the program announcement number (NSF99-100) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the NSF Form 1207, "Cover Sheet for Proposal to the National Science Foundation." Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing. The normal 15-page limit for the project description (including results of prior research) specified in the GPG will be strictly enforced. Group or collaborative proposals involving 3 or more investigators should adhere to the specifications outlined in Section II.D.12.b of the GPG. PI’s wishing to submit group proposals that might exceed the 15-page limitation on the project description should discuss that possibility with the cognizant Program Officer prior to submission. Group or collaborative proposals should include, for each university and its PIs/CoPIs, a signed cover sheet, budget pages and explanation, results from prior NSF support, biographic sketches (up to two pages per person), current and pending support for each PI/CoPI, and facilities and other resources unique to each institution. For proposals involving field work in Antarctica, guidelines described in the "Antarctic Research Opportunities and Proposal Guide" NSF 99-93 should be followed. Proposals should briefly discuss adherence to GLOBEC and OPP data policies (see Grant Award Conditions below). Proposals prepared for this solicitation may be submitted as paper copies or by electronic submission through the FastLane System. The FastLane system is available through the World Wide Web at the FastLane homepage (http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov). To access this system, your institution must be a registered FastLane institution. A list of registered institutions and the registration form are located on the homepage. For questions concerning FastLane, please send an email message to email@example.com or call support services at (703) 306-1142. For paper submission, twenty stapled copies of each proposal/proposal package, including one copy bearing original signatures from all institutions, should be mailed to Program Announcement 99-100
B. Proposal Due Dates.All proposals (both paper and electronic) submitted in response to this announcement MUST be received no later than 5:00 pm ET on 15 June 1999. Proposals received subsequent to the 15 June 1999 deadline will be returned without review. Submission of Signed Cover Sheets. For proposals submitted electronically via FastLane, the signed proposal Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207) should be forwarded to the following address and received by NSF by June 21, 1999: National Science Foundation
PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATIONA Merit Review Criteria Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research project. These reviewers are selected by Program officers charged with the oversight of the review process. NSF invites the proposer to suggest, at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority serving institutions, and adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal. Proposals will be reviewed against the following general merit review criteria established by the National Science Board. Following each criterion are potential considerations that the reviewer may employ in the evaluation. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the proposal and for which he/she is qualified to make judgments. What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources? What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity? How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society? Integration of Research and Education One of the principal strategies in support of NSF’s goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learner perspectives. PIs should address this issue in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give it careful consideration in making funding decisions.
Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and ActivitiesBroadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens -- women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities -- are essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports. PIs should address this issue in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give it careful consideration in making funding decisions.
Other CriteriaThe proposal’s responsiveness to the goals of the SO GLOBEC program, and the degree to which the proposed project complements other proposed and ongoing research projects will also be considered in the evaluation by a panel of expert scientists.
B. Merit Review Process.Most of the proposals submitted to NSF are reviewed by mail review, panel review, or some combination of mail and panel review. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement will be reviewed by mail and panel review. All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. A program officer assigned to manage the proposal’s review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation. In most cases, proposers will be contacted by the program officer after his or her recommendation to award or decline funding has been approved by his or her supervisor. This informal notification is not a guarantee of an eventual award. NSF will be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 95 percent of proposals in this category. The time interval begins on the proposal deadline or target date or from the date of receipt, if deadlines or target dates are not used by the program. The interval ends when the section head accepts the program officer’s recommendation. In all cases, after final programmatic approval has been obtained, award recommendations are then forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with an NSF program officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants Officer does so at its own risk.
AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
A. Notification of the Award.Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements (DGA). Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Officer administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator.
B. Grant Award Conditions.An NSF grant consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the grant and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable grant conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership Phase III (FDP) Terms and Conditions* and (5) any NSF brochure, program guide, announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF grants to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements. * These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF’s Web site at: <https://www.nsf.gov/>. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, (NSF 95-26) available electronically on the NSF Web site. The GPM also is available in paper copy by subscription from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The GPM may be ordered through the GPO Web site at: <http://www.gpo.gov>. Proposals should also include plans for the documentation, archiving and dissemination of data. All funded participants must adhere to the U.S. GLOBEC data policy (see U.S. GLOBEC Report No. 10 and the U.S. GLOBEC office and homepage, http://www.cbl.umces.edu/fogarty/usglobec/) and to data management policies applying to recipients of federal funding through the Office of Polar Programs. The Office of Polar Programs also requires submission of OPP-supported data, derived data products, samples, physical collections, and other supported materials to national data centers and other specified repositories. See the Office of Polar Programs Guidelines and Award Conditions for Scientific Data (https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?opp991).
C. Reporting Requirements.For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period. Within 90 days after expiration of a grant, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data. NSF has implemented a new electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane, which permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on: project participants (individual and organizational); activities and findings; publications; and, other specific products and contributions. Reports will continue to be required annually and after the expiration of the grant, but PIs will not need to re-enter information previously provided, either with the proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system. Effective October 1, 1998, PIs are required to use the new reporting format for annual and final project reports. PIs are strongly encouraged to submit reports electronically via FastLane. For those PIs who cannot access FastLane, paper copies of the new report formats may be obtained from the NSF Clearinghouse as specified above. NSF expects to require electronic submission of all annual and final project reports via FastLane beginning in October, 1999.
D. New Awardee Information.If the submitting organization has never received an NSF award, it is recommended that the organization’s appropriate administrative officials become familiar with the policies and procedures in the NSF Grant Policy Manual which are applicable to most NSF awards. The "Prospective New Awardee Guide" (NSF 97-100) includes information on: Administration and Management Information; Accounting System Requirements and Auditing Information; and Payments to Organizations with Awards. This information will assist an organization in preparing documents that NSF requires to conduct administrative and financial reviews of an organization. The guide also serves as a means of highlighting the accountability requirements associated with Federal awards. This document is available electronically on NSF’s Web site at: <https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf97100>.
CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONGeneral inquiries should be made to the U.S. SO Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics program, Dr. Polly A. Penhale or Dr. Roberta L. Marinelli, Antarctic Biology and Medicine, email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Bernhard Lettau, Antarctic Ocean and Climate Systems, email: email@example.com; all at Office of Polar Programs, Room 755, (703) 306-1033. For questions related to use of FastLane, contact Sarita Rich, (703) 306-1033, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fastlane user support, (703) 306-1142, email@example.com.
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