2021 Request for Proposal
Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Research, Monitoring, and Action

Best use of this State investment is a critical component for applicants to address in this call for proposals and should be carefully considered and directly addressed. Proposals should conceptually connect the proposed project deliverables to the needs addressed within the OAH Action Plan, OOST research priorities, and the OAH Council’s Biennial Reports. Additionally, further connections should be made with local, regional, and national OAH efforts. 


Applicants need to clearly demonstrate how the proposed work implements, complements and/or amplifies local, regional, and national OAH and ocean change efforts including, but not limited to, the following: 



Applicants are required to use Best Available Science, including but not limited to Traditional Ecological Knowledge, in the development of proposals, and implementation on projects if awarded – as applicable. Traditional Ecological Knowledge is a cumulative body of knowledge, practice and belief evolving by adaptive processes and handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and with their environment. Best Available Science should incorporate the accuracy, reliability, and relevancy of methodology, approaches, and interpretation of data and other information used throughout the applicant’s process.  


Awardees are required to submit resulting data and work products to a public database and to the appropriate state agency in a timely manner, to allow use by regional resource managers and community planners. Applicants should describe a timeline for when data and other work products will be available as well as the mechanism of delivery to the public or other users. Priority will be given to locations and/or data not previously obtained or data that can be directly compared to historical data to evaluate change through time and that could initiate a longer-term monitoring effort at that site. Applicants will be required to clearly document metadata, methodologies, and other relevant materials for the project.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit data, analytical reports/findings, and work products to appropriate national and state data archives and agencies including, but not limited to, the following:


  • West Coast Ocean Data Portal – Ocean Health Scorecard Project 

  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Shellfish Assessment Team; Oregon Marine Reserves Team

  • Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development – Oregon Coastal Management Program

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality - Oregon Water Quality Assessment Reports and the Oregon Triennial Water Quality Methodology Review calls for data and associated data portals


The OAH Council will be convening “State of OAH” workshops on OAH science, impacts, and solutions with communities, policy makers and at-risk industries. Successful proposal teams will be required to present initial, midterm, and final oral presentations updates at annual State of OAH workshops and participate in the subsequent future planning seminars. Additionally, a written project summary is required to be submitted to the OOST and the OAH Council at the completion of projects. This required participation will allow for the public dissemination of information and work products gathered from this funding call, in addition to providing the OOST and the OAH Council the opportunity to continue to strategize for future state needs and funding priorities. 


Project outreach, in addition to the State of OAH workshops, is strongly encouraged. Applicants should identify the kind(s) of activities proposed (e.g., outreach meetings, publications, infographics) and the target audience for outreach effort. Include information about what scale the activities are proposed (e.g., number of participants, events, materials, locations). Applicants should also consider how project outcomes may be used for future ocean chemistry communications and public engagement. Project deliverables should include summaries of key outcomes and audience appropriate messaging that can be used by the OOST and OAH council to educate and build support for future calls to action. The hope is that each monitoring and research project can be used to support the next steps of the communications plan, which is being developed concurrently with other projects.