The National Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security (CIMES), based at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, announces a competitive research opportunity to address maritime domain awareness (MDA) challenges. This effort, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), invites qualified researchers to propose innovative research that will enable maritime stakeholders to achieve greater situational awareness within the Arctic maritime domain, including the Bering Strait.
One of the greatest capability gaps in the Arctic Ocean remains the lack of MDA in this remote and inhospitable environment. Although increased awareness may be achieved through regulatory measures, i.e., required Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) for adventurers, maritime stakeholders remain challenged in their ability to detect hazards and for law enforcement to carry out Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in a timely manner or to respond to other maritime events. CIMES endorses MDA approaches with wide mission appeal, especially focused on sensors for improved MDA, research and development to support oil spill technology in the Arctic, and enhanced communications for effective high latitude maritime operations.
CIMES encourages proposals for research that will minimize technological risk, for example by integrating sensors that are already in place and linking them to ongoing research projects. Research and development approaches for communications, including fusing information into a useable Common Operating Picture, are also encouraged. Proposals should specifically address improving MDA and oil spill detection, tracking, and recovery in the Arctic. The total anticipated funding for this announcement is $600,000 for one to five research projects.
There will be a two-stage application process. Initial submissions will consist of a “White Paper” wherein research ideas are outlined and collaborations defined. This white paper must not exceed three pages in length including any figures and references. No attachments will be allowed. The white paper will define the research areas to be addressed, the approaches to be undertaken and the estimated cost and duration of the project. The skill sets of key participants are to be summarized and potential links to other disciplines identified. White papers must be submitted in PDF electronic format to CIMES via email: arctic @ cimes.hawaii.edu by 5pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on February 22, 2011.
Applicants are encouraged to review the discussions and results of a workshop sponsored by DHS that identified user requirements and possible scientific solutions to capability gaps. Please review documents posted for “Operating in the Arctic: Supporting USCG Challenges through Research” at https://www.hsuniversityprograms.org.
No more than ten of the first-round white papers will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invitations from the CIMES office to write full proposals will be given no later than March 7, 2011. Full proposals, including a detailed budget, will be due on April 8, 2011. Details for the Round 2 proposals will be provided to successful first-round applicants. A panel of internal and external reviewers, including maritime stakeholders, will evaluate the final proposals. The following are the merit-based criteria for evaluation during both stages of the application process: relevance (weighting 25%), scientific quality (25%), feasibility (25%), appropriateness of budget (15%), and qualifications of proposed investigators (10%). CIMES will forward the best proposals to DHS, which will evaluate the proposals based on mission relevance.
Margo Edwards, Director
University of Hawaii
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Honolulu, HI 96822