Program Update: National Oceanographic Partnership Program – February 2013
The National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Office is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) titled: Advancing Air-Ocean-Land-Ice Global Coupled Predication on Emerging Computational Architectures. Funding associated with this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is approximately $1.25M per year over three years. ONR and its partnering agencies expect to make approximately 4-8 awards, ranging from $100,000-$500,000, for 1-3 year durations. Proposals are due by 2:00 p.m. EST on April 12, 2013. More information on this funding opportunity can be found here.
The Argo Symposium, hosted by the NOPP Office in December 2012 in celebration of the Argo Program’s collection of 1,000,000 Temperature and Salinity profiles, was highlighted in both Sea Technology Magazine and in GIMBY News Focus this month.
Members of the NOPP Office staff attended a briefing held by the Coastal States Organization, in which updates were heard from representatives from eight regional ocean partnerships: the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Council, the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance, the Caribbean Regional Ocean Partnership, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, the West Coast Governors’ Alliance on Ocean Health, and the Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership.
The committees and subcommittees supported by the NOPP Office continued to meet regularly. The Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (IWG-OP) met at Ocean Leadership on February 12 and will meet again on March 12. The IWG-OP’s new Task Force on Ocean Exploration and Underwater Research Technology and Infrastructure (TFORT) held its inaugural meeting at Ocean Leadership on February 21. The Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure (IWG-FI) met on February 11 at Ocean Leadership and will meet again on April 19. The IWG-FI’s Subcommittee on Unmanned Systems will hold its next meeting at Ocean Leadership on April 11.
The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) is soliciting nominations for eight new members. The deadline for applications has been extended to March 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The selection of new panel members will be based on the nominee’s qualifications to provide senior advice to the National Ocean Council; the availability of the potential panel member to fully participate in the panel meetings; absence of any conflict of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, and lack of bias; the candidates’ areas of expertise and professional qualifications; and achieving an overall balance of different perspectives, geographic representation, and expertise on the panel. Please see the Federal Register announcement for more information and nomination instructions.