2021 Request for Proposals
Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Research, Monitoring, and Communications
RFP Focus Areas

The OOST announces this opportunity as a one-time investment using state funds as allocated through HB 3114. Total project award amounts were adjusted to support the implementation of competitive granting opportunities. OOST and the OAH Council will select one awardee for each project for up to the total amount listed. This abbreviated project list of research, monitoring and communications actions were prioritized in the Oregon OAH Action Plan by the OAH Council. Each project is described in more detail in separate appendices, as noted below. 

Applicants may apply for multiple projects. However, a separate proposal is required for each project (see Proposal Format and Submission). If multiple proposals are submitted, each separate proposal must describe how the multiple projects are complementary but not reliant on one another. The Review Panel will evaluate each proposal independently. The submission of proposals for multiple projects can be used as one of many ways for the project teams to demonstrate leveraging resources. 

 

The three focus areas for projects supported by this RFP are:

  1. Ocean and Estuarine Monitoring (Projects 1-3) - These projects were awarded funding in February of 2022.

  2. Applied Research and Management (Projects 4-6) - Project 6 was awarded funding in February of 2022.

  3. Communications - Increasing OAH Awareness (Project 7) - Project 7 was awarded funding in February of 2022.

 

Competitive grants will be awarded in compliance with the requirements and based on the intent of research focus articulated in HB 3114. OOST has retained a nominal percentage (2.5%) of the overall funding available for this RFP to support administration of the grant process and award tracking through the tenure of the grant cycle. The total amount of funding available for each of the six projects OOST is funding is listed below.

Ocean and Estuarine Monitoring

The OAH Action Plan identifies strategic augmentation of ocean monitoring and research that is essential to inform the State on how to mitigate and adapt to future OAH changes. Although reducing causes of OAH is of primary importance, Oregon must also adapt to the changes and minimize the economic impacts of OAH using the best available science for management, planning, and decision-making. However, this will only be possible if Oregon understands OAH dynamics and trends well enough to foresee potential impacts. 

 

The prioritized projects below highlight three key locations where the State needs more information. Data generated by these ocean and estuarine monitoring projects should be able to stand alone (i.e., generate useful data with one-time funding) or contribute substantially toward development of a site(s), for long-term monitoring (see RFP Appendix A for additional requirements associated with each project). Applicants are encouraged to consider how/if collected data could also document short-term trends in OAH through real-time monitoring during OAH events.

 

  • $97,500 for intertidal OAH monitoring in Oregon marine reserves.
     

  • $287,625 for subtidal OAH monitoring in Oregon marine reserves.
     

  • $97,500 for OAH monitoring in Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

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Applied Research and Management

The OAH Action Plan identifies the need for the State to promote OAH resilience and adaptation in its management decisions and in regional planning for ecosystems and coastal communities. To support both thriving marine habitats (e.g., submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV)) and economies considering current and future ocean changes, it is essential to strategize needed information to maximize resources and time. 

 

The prioritized projects below highlight research gaps and management planning where the State needs more information (See RFP Appendix B for additional requirements associated with each project). A wide range of projects will be considered under this RFP section (as applicable to specific project descriptions) such as, but not limited to, species restoration, carbon mitigation potential, and large-scale ecosystem services, as they pertain to OAH impacts to Oregon’s coastal communities. 

 

  • $131,625 for ecosystem modeling of submerged aquatic vegetation.
     

  • $170,625 to develop recommendations, through workshops or seminars, for maximizing the abundance of wild shellfish, cultured shellfish and submerged aquatic vegetation in estuaries in Oregon ($24,375); and to develop best management practices for conducting shellfish cultivation in a manner that protects or promotes estuarine health (e.g., wild shellfish and SAV) ($146,250); and
     

  • $175,500 to fund a study on the life cycle impacts of ocean acidification and/or hypoxia on shellfish species of importance to Oregon.

*Photo to the right courtesy of Oregon Sea Grant.

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Communications

Increasing OAH Awareness

The OAH Action Plan identifies the importance of access to OAH information to empower coastal communities to take informed actions that contribute to a more robust future. This can only occur through clear, strategic, and compassionate communications. As Oregon continues to experience the impacts from OAH, it is key that Oregonians envision ways to overcome the impacts of OAH. Oregon is best served by positive, solutions-oriented messaging. Oregon supports equity and environmental justice in communications – many underserved or under-resourced communities in rural and urban centers are expected to be disproportionately impacted by climate change due to limited access to resources and information, and this project should include strategies to address this. 

See Appendix C for requirements associated with Project 7 - Communications.

 

*Photo to the left courtesy of ODFW.