Expression of Interests are due by January 4, 2019
Advancing Coral Reef Conservation

This proposal track is open to initiatives aiming to advance marine ecosystem resilience, inform, improve, and propagate effective conservation and management methodologies, and scale up conservation with innovation in best practices, platforms, sensors, software, and data services.

Before writing your Expression of Interest, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the wide range of operational, technological, analytical, and informational support and services available from Schmidt Ocean Institute.

Pre-Proposal Guidelines

  • Expressions of interest (EoIs) shall include one cover page and no more than 2 pages of body text
  • EoIs should be typed in single-spaced 12 point font, including any figures, tables, references, and any other supplementary materials.
Cover Page
  • One page limit
  • State the full project title at the top of page, in bold
  • List the names and affiliations of all Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs
  • List key fields of development and/or research pertinent to the proposed project
  • Identify the organization that will host the project (if applicable)
  • State the organization’s name and location
  • Indicate if the organization has a for-profit, non-profit, or educational status
  • Indicate the expected project duration and total amount of financial support requested
  • Two pages limit
  • What are the goals of the project?
  • What is the intended scale of this project’s environmental and social impacts?
  • What innovations, software, data sets, designs, and/or best practices will this project produce?
    • Who will be the key users of the resulting innovations?
    • What is the anticipated scale of adoption?
    • What applied demonstrations are proposed to encourage uptake?
  • What is the tentative project plan?
    • Describe the anticipated project timeline
    • Describe key milestones, e.g. development, testing, trials, applied demonstrations etc.
  • Please note that Schmidt Ocean Institute does not give grants to fund scientific activities (e.g. focused on the understanding of natural processes or phenomena), however, technical R&D and demonstrations of scalable, cost-efficient, and data-driven capabilities, workflows, platforms, software, etc. can be supported through contracts.
  • What services and support from Schmidt Ocean Institute will be leveraged?
  • What new software, data, and other intellectual property (IP) will be generated? How will the resulting new intellectual property (if any) be managed to maximize the benefits to the environment and society?
  • How will the progress and outcomes of this project be communicated to the public and target user communities?
  • Does this proposal build on any other current efforts? If so, are any parts of this project already funded? How efficiently will SOI’s support be used?
  • Provide the names and e-mail addresses of 4-5 suggested non-conflicted reviewers

How to Submit

Evaluation Criteria

  • How significant are the implications of the proposed project:
    • for advancing the conservation of coral reefs and related ecosystems?
    • for the society?
  • How much will the proposed initiative improve upon the state of the art in scalable, cost-efficient ecosystem conservation?
  • Is this project likely to stimulate broad adoption of any resulting innovations?
  • What is the quality of the proposed project plan?
    • Is it sensible and appropriate to the identified project goals?
    • How well does it address the project goals?
  • What is the quality of the data and IP management plans:
    • Are they efficient, comprehensive, and with the project goals and plan?
    • Are they in the best interests of the environment and society?
    • How well will the project leverage the available and anticipated new data?
  • How effectively and timely will the progress and outcomes of this project be interpreted and communicated to the public?
  • Are any new methods of data and knowledge interpretation being proposed as part of the communications and outreach program? Are they likely to have a beneficial effect?

Target Region

Any geographic regions can be considered for projects that do not require the use of R/V Falkor. For the initiatives requiring the use of R/V Falkor, feel free to request any operational site location throughout the global ocean, noting that R/V Falkor is not a Polar Class vessel and is therefore generally unable to support operations in latitudes higher than 60° North or South. The regions where R/V Falkor will operate in 2019 and 2020 have already been defined, and target areas for 2021 will be selected to accommodate the top ranking Expressions of Interest that Schmidt Ocean Institute receives in response to this call. If your project is flexible with regards to geographical regions where shipboard testing and trials can take place, please be sure to state that in your Expression of Interest.

Review Timeline

  1. Expressions of Interests are due by January 4, 2019.
  2. All Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by independent non-conflicted experts between January and March of 2019 using the evaluation criteria listed above.
  3. Up to 15-20 full proposals will be invited from select research teams applying to this track, tentatively, in April and due by mid-June 2019, subject to the review comments.
  4. Full proposals will be formally evaluated by independent non-conflicted peer experts between June and September 2019.
  5. An interdisciplinary panel consisting of independent non-conflicted broad-area experts will evaluate all proposals, tentatively in September of 2019.
  6. A prioritized list of proposals will be compiled based on the review feedback and submitted for review and approval to the Schmidt Ocean Institute Executive Board.
  7. All proponents will be informed about the outcomes of the proposal review process, tentatively, by October 2019.

Program Guidance

The outcomes of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s ongoing program development efforts are reflected in SOI’s latest planning workshop reports, available at the following link, Symposiums and Workshops. While we encourage proposals informed by the recent workshop findings, proposals on other topics will also be considered.