Research Program – Proposal Requirements
Fiscal Year 2018 Grants
Pre-proposal deadline: Thursday, January 11th 2018 11:59pm EST (CLOSED)
Notification of requests for full proposals: Monday, March 12th 2018
Full proposal submission deadline (invited applicants only): Monday, April 9th 2018
Applicant notification: Monday, July 2nd 2018
Proposed projects must fit within our current funding opportunity. Pre-proposals must not exceed three pages single-sided using 12-point font. Each pre-proposal must include a title page that will NOT count toward the 3-page limit. The title page should include the title of the proposal, a list of any co-PIs, the topic area to which the proposal is being submitted (Topic Area A: Research and Conservation or Topic Area B: Outreach and Connectivity), and PI contact information: name, title, affiliation, mailing address, e-mail addresses, phone numbers including country code, and Web page (if any).
The 3-page limit for the rest of the pre-proposal includes literature cited, photos, pictures, graphs, figures and all supporting information except for CVs. The pre-proposal should clearly articulate the threat to marine mammal species and ecosystems, the conservation action to eliminate, manage, or mitigate this threat, and the method for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed measures. Information on the status of the population(s) being threatened, and connections with Commission priorities is also required. Additionally, the pre-proposal should include a timeline, and a budget (including any matching funds).
Applicants should submit a brief CV (2 pages or less) for each PI in addition to their proposal.
Full Proposal Requirements (invited applicants ONLY)
Following notification on March 12th, if a full proposal is requested, applicants will have until April 9th to submit a full proposal. The body of the proposal must not exceed eight pages, single-sided (four pages, double-sided) using 12-point font, exclusive of cover page, bibliography, budget pages, curricula vitae, and supporting materials.
Cover Page (limit 1 page)
- Title: The full title of the proposal. A shorter running title is optional.
- Principal Investigator (PI): Please list only one (corresponding) principal investigator even if your proposal team consists of two or more co-equal investigators and institutions (also see instructions for Curricula Vitae).
- PI Contact Information: Address, phone, website, and e-mail for the principal investigator.
- Financial Point of Contact (POC): An individual (with or without institutional affiliation, as appropriate) who will be responsible for contractual and fiscal matters. This may or may not be the same individual and institution listed as principal investigator.
- Financial POC Information: Address, phone, and e-mail.
- Topic area (A or B) the proposal is being submitted to.
Proposal Body (limit 8 pages)
- Abstract: Provide an abstract summarizing the threat to be addressed, the methods to be used to address the threat, possible outcomes of the work, procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of the measures proposed, and the utility of the action to eliminate, manage, or mitigate this threat to marine mammals. Please limit the abstract to 300 words.
- Introduction, Background, or Problem Statement: Provide a brief review of past related efforts by the research team or others. Indicate knowledge gaps, shortfalls of prior efforts, or challenges to further progress and describe how the proposed effort will address these issues.
- Goals and Objectives: Provide statements of both the general or broad goal of the proposed project and the specific objectives that will be addressed within the scope of this proposal to make progress toward that goal. Provide your view of the importance or significance of the project, and how it relates to the Commission’s mission and goals.
- Methods: Provide a detailed description of the methods, including procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of the measures proposed and any social science component(s), so that the reviewer can understand how you will address each of the specific objectives. If you are not conducting original research but are developing a workshop, review panel or other activity, describe the nature of the activity, the planned agenda or working format, likely attendees/participants, and tentative dates and location of the planned activity.
- Anticipated Outcomes: Describe the short-term outcomes, those anticipated to occur within the scope of effort and time span of the proposed project (e.g. completion of a workshop report, one or more peer-reviewed journal articles, an equipment prototype and report).
- Research and Management Utility: Describe the anticipated long-term utility of the project, its implications for future research, management, or conservation activities, and how the evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures implemented will better inform such activities.
Budget and Time Line
This section should provide sufficient detail to inform the reviewer of expenses or costs by general category (salary, equipment, supplies, travel, publication, overhead, miscellaneous) and by subtasks within the proposed effort, as appropriate. Include information on other sources of funding for the project, if applicable. For multi-year or multi-stage projects, include a timetable for completion of each phase as a means of gauging progress toward completion of the full proposed effort.
Curricula Vitae, Research Team Qualifications (limit 3 pages each CV)
Provide a curriculum vitae or short biography of no more than three pages for all key members of the proposal team (those individuals whose background and experience are essential to completion of the project), including their experience or expertise related to the subject proposal. Although there can be only one corresponding principal investigator (see Title Page guidance), multiple co-investigators can be included in this portion of the proposal, if desired.
Supporting materials such as recent publications, short descriptions of relevant work in progress or recently completed, organization charts or time lines will be accepted but should be limited to information essential to understanding the significance, approach, and context of the proposed work. It is highly recommended that supporting materials be limited to fewer than 30 pages or 5 Mb: the more material provided, the more difficult it will be for the reviewers to focus their attention on relevant matters in developing their evaluations.
Pre-proposals and proposals should be submitted electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to the Research Program Officer, Marine Mammal Commission, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants are required to have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) at the time of award.
Policy on Indirect Costs
The Commission recognizes the significant costs associated with the maintenance of research programs and the institutions that support them. However, due to the limited funding available for research and conservation awards and the nature of the Commission’s goals and responsibilities, the Commission limits indirect costs for research grants and contracts awarded by the Commission to ten percent of the direct costs; unless the submitting entity already has a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. Indirect costs, or overhead, include, but are not limited to, operation and maintenance of facilities, general and departmental administration, and library expenses.