WHSG is pleased to announce the request for proposals for the 2018-2020 Omnibus. WHSG supports research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation’s coastal and ocean resources. It is part of the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a network of 33 individual programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states. Sea Grant’s legislative charge is to “increase the understanding, assessment, development, utilization, and conservation of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources by providing assistance to promote a strong educational base, responsive research and training activities, and broad and prompt dissemination of knowledge and techniques.” During the current 2016-2018 funding cycle, WHSG is supporting 12 concurrent research projects. It is anticipated that approximately $500,000 per year will be available to support research projects during the 2018-2020 funding cycle. Sea Grant proposals require a match of $1 of non-federal funds for every $2 of federal funds requested. In keeping with the strategic plans of the NSGCP and Woods Hole Sea Grant, the theme areas for 2018-2020 are Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.
Individuals interested in the WHSG omnibus are encouraged to attend an open meeting discussing the process on February 9, at 2:00 p.m., in Redfield Auditorium. For further information, including a calendar of important dates, submission requirements, and a list of current projects, please visit our website at www.whoi.edu/seagrant. Questions may be directed to Judy McDowell, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2557.