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OCB seeking proposals for community activities starting in 2014


2014 OCB Activity Solicitation


The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program (http://www.us-ocb.org) is soliciting proposals for OCB activities to take place (or start) in the 2014 calendar year. We seek proposals for community-wide workshops highlighting new research areas or proposals for more focused, smaller group activities, perhaps emerging from previous OCB and/or partner program activities. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Scoping workshops (50-60 people) to gather the broad expertise of the OCB community to address novel ideas or research questions (list of previous OCB scoping workshops)
  • Small working groups (8-12 members) to address targeted scientific questions or develop products that benefit the broader OCB community (e.g., U.S. CLIVAR/OCB joint working groups on ocean carbon uptake)
  • Synthesis activities to assemble data, model outputs, etc. that advance a particular field and serve its community by providing a baseline to inform future research (e.g., NACP/OCB coastal synthesis activities)  
  • Intercomparison activities to build consensus and develop universal recommendations on optimal approaches (methodological, modeling, data analysis, etc.) for advancing OCB-relevant research  

Please visit the OCB website to find information about previous workshops and activities. To provide historical context for how OCB community initiatives and activities have typically evolved, two recent examples of OCB workshops along with their outcomes and follow-on activities are listed below:

  • Molecular biology of biogeochemistry: OCB scoping workshop on the importance of integrated molecular biology, -omics, and biogeochemical data sets for studying links between biogeochemical cycles and marine ecosystems (Moffett et al., 2011) Þ NSF-funded pilot cruise merging molecular biology and biogeochemical sample collection (May 2012, Armbrust lead PI) Þ OCB-funded post-cruise meeting and GeoMICS (Global scale Microbial Interactions across Chemical Surveys) community initiative to assemble and discuss the data (Armbrust et al., 2013)


  • 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


The maximum total OCB expenditure on activities resulting from this solicitation (including scoping workshops and follow-on activities) will be $200,000. Proposals should be a maximum of 5 pages in length and should explicitly address

1)      how the workshop supports and advances OCB research and observational priorities; and

2)      workshop products and outcomes (science plans, data syntheses, algorithms, small group activities, etc.) that will help advance research in this area.

All proposals should include the rationale for and detailed description of the activity, a budget, and a budget justification.

Scoping workshops

Scoping workshop proposals should include preliminary logistical information, including potential time frame and venue. The maximum budget for scoping workshops is$60,000. Logistical guidelines for planning scoping workshops can be found at http://www.us-ocb.org/documents/Scoping_wkshop_guide.pdf.

Other activities

Other proposed activities should be a maximum duration of 2 years with atotal 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.

Please submit workshop proposals electronically to the OCB Project Office (hbenway@whoi.edu) by December 1, 2013 for consideration by the OCB Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The OCB SSC will discuss and rank 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%). Decisions will be announced by January 2014.