Archives for January 11, 2016

NAS Gulf Research Program

Dear Colleagues,

We encourage you and your colleagues to take advantage of two new ways to learn more about the 2016 Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships for early-career researchers and professionals in the social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, and relevant interdisciplinary fields.

First, we invite you to watch our fellowship tutorial videos, which provide an overview of the Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships and introduce the application process.

Second, we welcome you to attend one of our informal Q&A sessions with 2015 Gulf Research Program fellows and staff at the 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Tampa this February. The sessions will take place at the Gulf Research Program’s conference booth in the Grand Ballroom Foyer at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

  • Science Policy Fellows Q&A session:                 Wed., Feb. 3, 10-10:30am
  • Early-Career Research Fellows Q&A session: Thurs., Feb. 4, 10-10:30am

Applications for both fellowships are due on February 17, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. Full descriptions of these opportunities and links to the online application system are available on the Gulf Research Program’s website.

Please share this message with your network and register for our email updates to receive reminders about upcoming deadlines and future funding opportunities.


The Gulf Research Program

DHS S&T and USCG RDC Launches Prize Competition for Environmentally Friendly Buoy Mooring Systems

Release Date:
January 7, 2016

For Immediate Release
DHS Science & Technology Press Office
Contact: John Verrico, (202) 254-2385
USCG RDC Press Office,
Contact: Lt. David Couture (860) 271-2897

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center (USCG RDC), launched the “Environmentally Friendly Replacement for Buoy Mooring Systems” prize competition, with a maximum award of up to $290,000.

S&T and the USCG Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program are seeking innovative technologies from individuals and entities to improve navigational buoy mooring systems so as to have minimal impacts on the ocean floor and environmentally sensitive areas.

“Improving our buoy mooring systems is critical,” said Dr. Reginald Brothers, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “Our current mooring system is outdated and hasn’t changed in decades. We want a system that is friendly to our ocean floors, especially in environmentally sensitive areas.”diver working on a bowie underwater.

Administered under the authority of the America COMPETES Act, this prize competition consists of up to three phases, two of which are optional. For Phase I, the Ideation Phase, there is a total cash purse of up to $40,000, with at least one cash prize of $10,000 and no award less than $10,000.Additional cash amounts would be awarded to successful competitors invited to participate in the Pilot Approach Plan and Pilot demonstration phases.

S&T and the Coast Guard are leveraging the benefits of crowdsourcing through this prize competition to gather innovative ideas for solving this complex, mission-critical problem.

“We are very excited about prospective innovative solutions to a complex problem,” said Coast Guard Capt. Bob Thomas, USCG RDT&E Program Manager.  “A viable solution will significantly enhance environmental stewardship for this crucial subset of the Nation’s navigational system.”

Submissions must include a clear discussion and description of the proposed solution including equipment specifications, the environmental impact, and any accompanying graphics. The open period for submissions is from January 6 to February 12, 2016.

Learn more about the Environmentally Friendly Replacement for Buoy Mooring Systems ideation and multi-phase prize competition and in the Federal Register.

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