We are not currently soliciting OCB activity proposals.
Below you can find information about newly funded OCB activities from our most recent solicitation (Fall 2017, now closed) and verbiage from the last solicitation to give you an idea of what is requested in OCB activity proposals. We typically release OCB solicitations in the fall every 1-2 years, depending on availability of funds. We will announce our next solicitation via the OCB eNewsletter Ocean Carbon Exchange (sign up) and our website. If you have questions, please contact the OCB Project Office.
Newly Funded OCB Activities
With 17 proposals, the decision process was especially challenging in the last solicitation. The proposals were scored based on scientific merit, relevance to OCB, potential benefits to the broader OCB community, and timeliness. The following new OCB activities were selected for funding in 2018-2019:
- Biogeochemical Float Workshop – Stephen C. Riser, Kenneth Johnson, Lynne Talley
- Working group: Towards a better understanding of fish contribution to carbon flux – Grace Saba, Nicola Beaumont, Pete Davison, John Dunne, Steven Lutz, Angela Martin, Kenneth Rose, Deborah Steinberg, Rod Wilson
- Scoping workshop: Oceanic Methane and Nitrous Oxide: The Present Situation and Future Scenarios – Sam Wilson, Bonnie Chang, Curtis Deutsch, John Kessler, Tina Treude, Dave Valentine, Bess Ward
- Intercomparison and Intercalibration of Ocean Metaproteomic Analyses – Mak Saito, Matthew McIlvin
- Lateral carbon flux in tidal wetlands: Filling a key knowledge gap through a methods intercomparison and data synthesis – Kevin Kroeger, Maria Tzortziou, Meagan Gonneea, Chris Osburn, Aleck Wang, Neil Ganju, Brian Bergamaschi, Alana Menendez
- New topical subcommittee: Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions Subcommittee – Rachel Stanley
- Synthesis and intercomparison working group/workshop on ocean carbon uptake in CMIP6 models – John Dunne, Matt Long, Anastasia Romanou, Scott Doney, and Galen McKinley
Last OCB Solicitation (now closed)
The last OCB Activity Proposal Solicitation sought proposals for OCB-relevant scoping workshops and smaller group activities as follows:
- Scoping workshops (50-70 people) that bring together an appropriate body of expertise to foster discussions and develop forward momentum in a specific OCB-relevant research area
- Small working groups (8-12 members) to address targeted science goals/questions and develop products that benefit the broader OCB community
- Synthesis activities to assimilate existing data, model outputs, etc. to support and inform future research efforts
- Intercomparison activities to compare and build consensus on approaches (methodological, modeling, data analysis, etc.) for advancing OCB-relevant research
Please visit the OCB website to learn about previous workshops and other OCB activities. OCB has recently been involved in numerous workshops and scientific planning activities that have generated guidelines and recommendations for future research in OCB-relevant research areas. OCB also encouraged proposals that strengthen collaboration with partner programs such as SOLAS, IMBeR, US CLIVAR, IOCCP, and GEOTRACES.
The deadline for the 2018 activity proposals was December 1, 2017.
Proposal decision making: The OCB SSC discusses and ranks all proposals based on the following criteria: 1) Scientific merit (40%); 2) programmatic relevance (20%); 3) potential community impact (20%); and 4) timeliness with regard to OCB’s current scientific priorities and previous activities (20%).
Current OCB Research Priorities
- Climate- and human-driven changes in ocean chemistry (e.g., acidification, expanding low-oxygen conditions, nutrient loading, etc.) and associated impacts on biogeochemical cycles and marine ecosystems
- Ocean carbon uptake and storage
- Estuarine and coastal carbon fluxes and processes, including exchanges with open ocean, terrestrial, and atmospheric reservoirs
- Water column and seafloor ecological and biogeochemical processes and associated effects on carbon export and the biological pump
- Molecular-level responses of marine organisms (primarily lower trophic levels, including plankton, mollusks, etc.) to their changing environment
- Impacts of evolutionary changes on plankton community structure, function and biogeochemical cycling in the face of global change
Proposals should be a maximum of 5 pages in length and should explicitly address
- how the workshop supports and advances OCB research and observational priorities; and
- workshop products and outcomes (science plans, data syntheses, algorithms, small group activities, etc.) that will benefit the OCB community.
All proposals should include the rationale for and detailed description of the activity, a budget, and a budget justification. No salary may be included in the budget.
Scoping workshop proposals should include preliminary logistical information, including potential time frame and venue, and workshop outcomes (reports, special journal volumes, etc.) and their benefits to the OCB community as a whole. The maximum budget for scoping workshops is $65,000.
Other proposed activities should be a maximum duration of 2 years with a total target budget of $20,000-$30,000 to cover travel, analytical costs, shipping and publication costs, etc. We will consider larger budget requests if adequately justified. If the activity is a follow-on from a previous OCB activity, this connection should be explicitly made and PIs should address how this activity will serve the OCB community and further advance the scientific ideas put forth in the initial activity. Proposals should also include a draft time line for the activity with target dates for products and outcomes, as well as anticipated OCB Project Office scientific and/or logistical support needs.