Influenced by the MULTI-FRAME work, the Rhode Island Sea Grant advances its applied research in ocean multi-use topic

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RISG has set up a Request for Proposals (RFP) targeted at individual or multi-institutional projects up to 2 years in length to be funded as part of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s 2022-2024 Omnibus Proposal. For the 2022-2024 Omnibus, Rhode Island Sea Grant intends to fund projects that integrate Sea Grant’s functional areas of research, education, outreach, and communications, and that are collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and/or multi-institutional in the following topical/thematic areas:Taking stock of early MULTI-FRAME developments, Rhode Island Sea Grant (RISG), located at the University of Rhode Island (URI), is taking steps to advance the state’s knowledge of applying multi use as a possible solution to respond to the increasing use of its coasts and oceans. Sea Grants invests in high-priority research, addressing issues such as coastal hazards and coastal community development, understanding our interactions with the marine environment, aquaculture, seafood safety and fisheries management.

1.) Research that improves understanding of Rust Tides and/or Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and their impacts to Rhode Island’s ecosystems, public health, and aquaculture and wild harvest industries. Topical research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Ecology of harmful algae blooms (HABs)
  • Ecology of rust tide in Rhode Island waters

2.) Research that enhances understanding and improves end user application of multi-use marine spatial planning tools. Multi-use is defined as an intentional joint use of ocean space and resources by two or more users in close geographic proximity. Research topics should consider anthropogenic and environmental factors that influence multi-use potential, including but not limited to:

  • Assessments of social vulnerability, economic risk, and/or social justice values regarding various uses through cost-benefit or other suitable analyses.
  • Spatial analyses that support tool development and/or multi-use planning processes in Rhode Island waters, including Narragansett Bay, the south shore, and salt pond ecosystems.

The results of this research are shared with the public through Sea Grant’s integrated outreach program to bring together the collective expertise of on-the-ground extension agents, educators, and communication specialists. The goal is to ensure that vital research results are shared with those who need it most and ways that are timely, relevant and meaningful.

An informational meeting for this RFP will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, from 10:30 AM–12:00 PM via Zoom interface. RSVP to Alan Desbonnet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to gain access to the meeting. Attendance by applicants is optional. This meeting is an opportunity to meet with Rhode Island Sea Grant staff to discuss specifics of this RFP, assess the potential to engage RISG extension, legal, or communications specialists, and address any questions about developing and submitting proposals.

More info on the Rhode Island Sea Grants call:


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