Marine Studies Initiative Advancement Award

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) Advancement Award will support cultivating transdisciplinary collaborations, including through focus on human dimensions of the ocean and coasts; expanding and enhancing educational opportunities at the coast; and further strengthening inclusive excellence in marine-related programs. 

Marine Studies Initiative Advancement Award

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) invites proposals to advance marine studies. This opportunity is possible because of generous private contributions. The mission of MSI is to “create a healthy future for our ocean and the planet through transdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem solving.” We anticipate being able to fund several projects with awards up to $5,000.

Request for Proposals due October 29, 2021 [CLOSED]

Awardees should help to advance the Marine Studies Initiative by:

  • Cultivating transdisciplinary collaborations, including through focus on human dimensions of the ocean and coasts;
  • Expanding and enhancing educational opportunities at the coast; and/or
  • Further strengthening inclusive excellence in marine-related programs

Award may be used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to:

  • Workshops, trainings, and/or pilot projects to advance research collaborations and lead to future work
  • Student projects and field trips for coastal experiences
  • New course development and/or delivery for courses to be held on the Oregon coast, at either the Hatfield Marine Science Center or the Port Orford Field Station
  • Exhibits or performances related to the ocean and coasts

To request an award, please send a proposal consisting of 1-page narrative, 1-page with a budget, timeline and deliverables, and 1-page describing the capabilities of the Project Leader and key team members, to the Marine Studies Initiative at [email protected]. Requests are due on October 29, 2021, successful applicants will be notified by mid-late November, 2021, with work able to start on about January 1, 2022.

Award duration: 1-year, maximum

Eligibility: Faculty and students in any academic or research unit at Oregon State University.

Proposal format

Your proposal should be based on the outline below. All components are required.

Cover sheet: Title, Project Leader and key personnel, Institutional affiliations and contact information including email address, Requested amount and project start date and duration.

Proposal narrative, 1-page: Include:

  • Brief background, including the problem or opportunity that is to be addressed
  • Objective(s) and approach(es)
  • Impact of this project
  • Timeline and deliverable(s)

Proposal budget, 1-page: Please note there are no indirect costs. Tuition and permanent equipment are not eligible.

  • Budget categories:
    • Personnel salary or wages and benefits: These cost categories are discouraged. If requested, make sure to justify the need specific to the project.
    • Supplies and services: give a total and explain in a brief budget justification
    • Travel
    • Other allowable costs include, but not limited to: Participant support, stipends, and honoraria, publication costs, services, and other costs not included above. Explain in budget justification.
    • Total requested, not to exceed $5,000
  • Justification: Provide brief narrative how the requested funds within each category will be used.

Key Personnel, 1-page: Briefly explain specific roles and qualifications of lead investigator and other significant contributors to your project

Review Criteria and Process:  Proposals will be reviewed by the Marine Studies Initiative leadership team and evaluated based on the proposed activities and the proposal team’s ability to advance the mission of the Marine Studies Initiative. Priority will be given to projects that emphasize educational coastal experiences, the human dimensions of the ocean and coasts, and inclusive excellence in marine-related programs.

Award notification and payments:  Award applicants should expect to be notified by the of end of November, 2021, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2022. If awarded, the MSI Office will coordinate with the project leader to determine mechanism of funds distribution.


If you have questions about the proposal submission process please contact Marine Studies Initiative Assistant to the Directors, Virginia Neylon ([email protected], 541-737-2780)