Proposal Development Program: Blue-Green Economy

Synopsis of the Program: Blue-Green Economy 23-24

The proposal development program is intended to support the teacher-scholar model while fostering the production, dissemination, and implementation of scholarship aligned with campus priorities. This year, we seek proposals related to the blue-green economy that produce research over a broad range of topics at the human-environment-technology nexus. Research in the blue-green economy engages stewardship of place through an inherently interdisciplinary lens aligned with regional economic and workforce development initiatives.    

The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) defines the green economy as, “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.”  Research into the blue economy applies green economy principles to the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources for economic growth and improved livelihoods, while preserving or restoring the health of the ocean ecosystems.  Research in the blue-green economy encompasses a diverse array of areas, including fisheries, marine and coastal resources, cultural values, and biodiversity.  Appropriate proposal topics include (but are not limited to) fisheries, aquaculture, offshore wind and other renewable energy, marine tourism, maritime transport, marine ecosystems, blue/environmental justice, marine pollution reduction, carbon sequestration, marine biotechnology, coastal preservation, and research into coastal communities. Proposals may examine topics of interest on a local or global scale. The program solicits proposals that make scholarly contributions through transformative knowledge production, broader impact or both (see rubric for evaluation criteria). We do not anticipate funding proposals with only short-term impacts that do not contribute to the broader literature and programmatic findings for enhancing marine and/or coastal sustainability, human well-being, and/or stewardship of place. Appropriate project submissions will have the potential to advance knowledge through basic and applied scholarship that contributes to knowledge about the blue-green economy in innovative ways.  

The program seeks to support campus initiatives by providing up to 8 WTUs of assigned time at the replacement rate and/or additional compensation along with specific proposal development guidance from the Hanover Research group. Statistics indicate that incorporating feedback from grant consultants increases the odds of success when applying for external funding. If selected for this opportunity, your materials will be shared with Hanover to initiate this process. Upon award notification, in preparation for proposal submission through the relevant DoR pre-award office, participants must also submit the Pre-Award Proposal Initiation Form. Awards made through this program must result in a fully developed blue-green economy-related proposal submission to an external sponsor that allows public dissemination of knowledge produced and allows for a minimum of 15% F&A to be included in the sponsor budget with the expectation that Cal Poly's full F&A rate of 38.5% is used whenever allowed by the sponsor. Awardees who fail to meet the expectations of this program jeopardize their eligibility for funding from future internal award programs. 

The DoR Proposal Development Program: Blue-Green Economy is aims to fund the development of up to 10 proposals across the university. The program will provide each awarded project with a maximum of either: 8 WTUs of assigned time at the replacement rate; 4 WTUs of assigned time at the replacement rate and $9,000 in additional compensation; or $9,000 in additional summer compensation. Assigned time should be taken in fall quarter 2024 and additional compensation should be taken during summer 2024. Proposals are expected to be submitted to the external sponsor by June 2054. 

To apply, go to the InfoReady homepage, select "Log In" in the upper right-hand corner, and click on the blue "Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Login" button. Use your Cal Poly credentials to log in. Then click on the 2023-2024 Proposal Development Program: Blue-Green Economy link at the bottom of the "Applications and Competitions for Research Support Programs" page. You will then be able to submit an application.  

The submission deadline is Monday, January 22, 2024 at 11:59pm.

All are invited to attend the Proposal Development Program Information and Q&A Session via Zoom on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 11:10 a.m. Please see Zoom link here. Must be logged in with Cal Poly credentials to join.

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