Opportunity to develop US-UK collaborations between ocean acidification researchers

The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project’s ocean acidification subcommittee would like to call your attention to an opportunity for building collaborations between scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom, as part of the recent U.S. National Science Foundation and U.K. Ocean Acidification research program’s calls for proposals (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503477; and www.oceanacidification.org/pdf/UKOA%20AVA%20opportunity%20(1%20Sep%202011).pdf respectively).

In early 2011, the U.K. government’s Science & Innovation Network supported 10 short working visits between U.S. and U.K. researchers collaborating on ocean acidification research. These have led to several grant proposals and an institution-wide memorandum of understanding regarding collaboration in preparation, and multiple papers in planning, preparation, and press. For details, see here.

The recent NSF Ocean Acidification invites collaborative international projects. U.S. investigators with collaborative partnerships, including those with UK researchers, should include collaborative letters in their proposals consistent with NSF proposal guidelines. They may also want to contact OA managing Program Directors (see below) to discuss how to address the collaborations in the proposal. U.S. Investigators should anticipate travel funds to facilitate the collaborative and include them in the budget request, but remembering that NSF will only support the costs of US investigators. It would also be a good idea to contact the appropriate Program in the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) to gauge their interest in supporting some of the international collaborative activities.

For more information about the U.S. NSF call for proposals, please check the original document at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503477. For other questions about the U.S. program, please consult David Garrison (dgarriso@nsf.gov), the lead program officer for the Ocean Acidification management group, or any of the other agency contacts listed in the solicitation.

For contact information on UKOA program participants, please see www.oceanacidification.org/PDF/UKOA%20components%20&%20participants%20%20for%20website%20-Sep%202011.pdf. For other questions about the UK program, please consult Phil Williamson (p.williamson@uea.ac.uk ), the UKOA Science Coordinator, or Carol Turley (CT@pml.ac.uk), the UKOA Knowledge Exchange Coordinator.

Best wishes,

The OCB Project Office

The OCB-OA Subcommittee

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