“Technology first: new technology should drive the SOI science program.”

Eric Schmidt • Founder and President

Call for Expressions of Interest
in Collaboration with Schmidt Ocean Institute

Expression of Interests are due December 28, 2018

Schmidt Ocean Institute aims to accelerate the understanding and scalable conservation of our oceans with technological innovation, intelligent ecosystem management, advanced data analytics, engaging storytelling, and open sharing of data and knowledge.

The principal focus of this call is on the development of an exemplary seagoing research and technology development program for the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor in the year 2021.  Additionally, we offer two new pilot tracks for collaborations in oceanographic technology development and scalable, data-driven conservation of coral reefs and related ecosystems.  While these tracks also seek excellent projects making the best use of R/V Falkor, select initiatives with superior impact potential that do not require support from R/V Falkor will also be considered.

Proposal Tracks

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We will consider applications from representatives of any countries, organizations, and individuals. To select the right track, consider which one is best aligned with your project goals, where most of your effort will be spent, or if you may need to submit more than one application.

We Collaborate

At Schmidt Ocean Institute, we believe in accomplishing the most by working together. We collaborate with our select project teams by providing them with high quality operational, technological, analytical, and informational support. Our service-based support model offers a wide range of services, including, but not limited to the following:

Operational Services:
  • Operation of research vessel Falkor with its embedded facilities, laboratories, instrumentation, and ROV SuBastian,
  • Rental and operation of autonomous surface, aerial, and underwater vehicles and other robotic platforms,
  • Hosting, maintenance, and technical support of oceanographic data and data processing, analytical, and visualization services, etc.
Technological Support:
  • Research and development of innovative marine sensors, scalable autonomous survey platforms, and related software,
  • Professional engineering and project management for internal and externally contracted technology R&D initiatives,
  • Access to advanced computational resources, including high performance computing arrays, cloud services, etc.
Analytical Services:
  • Post-processing, QA/QC, and online repository placement for a wide array of acquired oceanographic instrument data,
  • High-throughput genome sequencing: from translating research objectives into sequencing requirements to metagenomics and at-sea applications,
  • A growing ecosystem of user-friendly and REST API-enabled software tools for data annotation, visualization, analyses, operational awareness, etc.
Informational Support and Strategic Communications:
  • Support of many technologies, platforms, software, and data, that resulted from SOI’s prior projects, such as Saildrones, Squidle+, and others,
  • Prominent online and media presence and strategic communications to maximize the impact of the supported projects,
  • Shaping the field direction and SOI programs through continuous dialogue with the global ocean research, conservation, and technology R&D communities, etc.