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HAWAI‘I UNDERSEA RESEARCH LABORATORY
(NOAA's Undersea Research Center for Hawai‘i and the Western Pacific)

ANNOUNCES OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEEP SUBMERGENCE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN THE MAIN & NORTHWESTERN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS AND IN AMERICAN FLAG SOUTHWEST PACIFIC WATERS IN CALENDAR YEARS 2004 & 2005.

LETTER TO POTENTIAL INVESTIGATORS


REQUEST FOR NURP PRE-PROPOSALS

[The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) operates under a grant to the University of Hawai‘i from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). HURL is one of the six National Undersea Research Centers that comprise NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP).]

 

Pre-proposals are now being solicited for NURP-supported research in 2004 and 2005 in the waters of the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and in American flag Southwest Pacific waters using HURL's deep submergence assets: the 2000 m capable manned submersibles Pisces IV and V and the 900 m capable remotely operated vehicle (ROV) RCV-150 which are deployed from R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa; and HURL's Data Archive;

(see: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/HURL/facilities.html)

Research fields of particular interest are:

  1. Benthic habitats and ecosystems
  2. Deep-water fisheries
  3. Deep-water corals
  4. Climate change, Late Quaternary paleoclimatology and paleoecology
  5. Marine biogeoscience
  6. Submarine volcano ecosystems and processes
  7. Deep submergence technology.

Guidelines on the scope of research projects supported by NURP are located at:

http://www.nurp.noaa.gov/Attachments/2003%20SCIGUID.pdf

The proposed research will be scheduled for accomplishment during HURL's funding years commencing December 1, 2003 through November 30, 2005. The research may be conducted over a period of one or two years. Scientists and engineers at any US university or research institution may apply. Preliminary enquiries should be directed to HURL's Science Director, Keith Crook, phone (808) 956-9429; fax (808) 956-9772.

Pre-proposals (not more than 4 double-spaced typed pages) should reach HURL by February 28, 2003. They should contain a summary of the proposed research including: hypotheses to be tested; a brief description of the experiments and methods to be employed; any relevant time constraints; the area of operations including latitude, longitude, and depth; and the undersea vehicle(s) of choice. This will ensure that appropriate research guidelines are addressed, and will permit operations staff to evaluate feasibility.

Requests for final proposals will be issued on the basis of the pre-proposals. Final proposals should reach HURL by April 28 2003.

Each submitted final proposal will be sent out for peer review; after which a brief opportunity for rebuttal will be provided. Recommendations will then be sought from HURL's Science Review Panel, after which research projects will be selected on the basis of scientific merit, vehicle suitability, programmatic relevance and logistical considerations. PIs will likely be notified of the outcomes of this process by the end of September 2003.

General support of at-sea operations, including vessel, submersible, and ROV time, and food and lodging, is provided at no cost to participating investigators and their associates. Participants should expect to meet from other sources any other costs associated with their projects, including travel costs. Funding for post-cruise research should be solicited from granting agencies through the usual channels.

HURL provides a data package for each Pisces and RCV-150 dive. This package includes an environmental data printout (Pisces IV and V only) and VHS copies of videotapes with a video log. For each RCV-150 lowering, HURL will archive the continuous video record and a highlights tape. Videotape excerpts from this record will be provided on request. The HURL Data Archive is the custodian of the original data, which remain the property of HURL. Databases of organisms and substrates observed on HURL dives are available for use by principal investigators. Use of dive data by other scientists is subject to principal investigator approval for 2 years from the date of each dive. HURL and NOAA-NURP reserve the right to use video from any dive for program promotion.

The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory looks forward to receiving research proposals from qualified scientists and engineers who are interested in participating in our research programs.

John Wiltshire
Acting Director, HURL

 

Science Program Director
Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory
  at SOEST/University of Hawai‘i
1000 Pope Road, MSB 303
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: 808-956-9669
Fax: 808-956-9772
Email:jrsmith@hawaii.edu

 

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