NOAA FY 2024 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I NOFO

Active
No
Status
Closed
Release Date
September 28th, 2023
Open Date
September 28th, 2023
Due Date(s)
December 20th, 2023
Close Date
December 20th, 2023
Topic No.
9.3

Topic

The Changing Ocean

Agency

Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: Phase IYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program for the fiscal year 2024. The specific topic of the solicitation is "The Changing Ocean". "The Changing Ocean" is a societal challenge that encompasses various impacts such as ocean warming, decreasing sea ice, changing currents, rising seas, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation. These changes have significant effects on the nation's valuable living marine resources and ocean-dependent businesses and communities, impacting sectors like marine navigation, transportation, energy, fisheries, aquaculture, and protected resources. The objective of this solicitation is to support research and development efforts that provide better information on the changing ocean, identify at-risk areas and populations, and develop strategies to respond to these changes. Small businesses are encouraged to propose innovative solutions in areas such as remote sensing and in-situ monitoring technologies for marine health monitoring, protection and restoration of marine and coastal habitats, improved observation and exploration of the ocean, climate impact management strategies, sustainable aquaculture practices, robust forecasts and risk assessments for fisheries management, quantification of Arctic sea ice outlooks, safe and efficient marine transportation, and advancements in offshore wind energy production. The Phase I program provides funding for feasibility studies and proof-of-concept research. The project duration is typically six months, and funding specifics can be found on the solicitation agency's website. The application due date for this solicitation is December 20, 2023. For more information and to access the full solicitation, visit the provided links.

Description

The Changing Ocean --- Topic 9.3

Societal Challenge Ocean warming, decreasing sea ice, changing currents, rising seas, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation are affecting the nation’s valuable living marine resources and many ocean-dependent businesses and communities. These changes impact the nation’s security through many sectors from marine navigation, transportation, and energy, to fisheries, aquaculture, and protected resources.

Overview: The ocean is a dynamic and connected component of the earth system. It plays a pivotal role in the global weather and climate system by absorbing and redistributing both heat and carbon dioxide, and provides the largest source of water vapor for global precipitation. Human-caused carbon emissions have led to ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation, and decreasing sea-ice. To safeguard fisheries and marine-dependent communities in the face of a rapidly changing ocean, resource managers and other decision-makers urgently need better information on what is changing, who is at risk, what to plan for and how to respond.

Examples of appropriate research topic areas for applications from small businesses include, but are not limited to products and services that accomplish the following objectives:

● Support monitoring of marine health including remote sensing and in-situ monitoring technologies, for regionally-optimized ocean ecosystem and biogeochemical observations ● Support increased protection and restoration of marine and coastal habitats to enhance vital ecosystems ● Support innovative observation and exploration of the ocean, including the deep ocean, and improved data assimilation into ocean models, to improve understanding and promote more effective management of ocean resources ● Help living marine resource managers prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate, ocean acidification, and other climate impacts, and develop management strategies for marine ecosystem conditions and adaptation plans to manage risk from the changing ocean and other stressors ● Facilitate sustainable and productive aquaculture practices and facilities, including new applications for uncrewed systems and environmental DNA applications to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing ● Support access to robust forecasts, projections, risk assessments and management strategies to optimize fisheries management and increase the resilience of marine resources and the communities that depend on them ● Facilitate quantification of short- to long-term outlooks and projections of Arctic sea ice ● Support safe and efficient marine transportation, reduce maritime incidents in U.S. waters by providing timely and accurate navigational information, or facilitate preparedness and response to maritime incidents and emergencies ● Support advancements in offshore wind energy production including data-based technologies and uncrewed systems applications