Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

February 5, 2019

USACE Funding Opportunity: USCRP Topic 5: Sediment Transport Decadal Scales

Project Title: USCRP Research Topic 5: Nearshore Sediment Transport and Sediment Budgets over Decadal Scales

Full announcement with instructions is available here: W912HZ-19-SOI-0019 Topic 05

Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the U.S. Army of Engineer (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The intent of this request is to quantify the connection, feedback mechanisms, and the longer term processes of nearshore shoal migration and available sediment sources. Proposals will focus on identifying and understanding both natural processes and potential dredging impacts to the geology, the nearshore, and the ecosystem, and consider present-day processes and how sea level change may evolve the nearshore sediment budget. Outcomes from this research will provide practical information that can inform long-term sediment management strategies being considered by coastal communities and federal agencies. This research topic was identified as a research need by the Nearshore Processes Community and championed by the US Coastal Research Program.

Estimated award amounts for individual proposals of $50,000 to $400,000 may be accepted. Multiple awards may be funded. Possibly no awards will be made if the submitted proposals do not meet the objectives outlined in this RSOI.

The U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is a partnership of the coastal research community to coordinate Federal activities, strengthen academic programs, and build a strong workforce. Three primary research needs identified by the USCRP’s nearshore coastal community are to improve understanding of: 1) long-term coastal evolution due to natural and anthropogenic processes; 2) extreme events, including flooding, erosion, and the subsequent recovery; and 3) the physical, biological and chemical processes impacting human and ecosystem health. The USCRP addresses societal needs along the coast through a coordinated effort backed by researchers from Federal agencies, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Awards will be made with the intent of assisting academic institutions in funding coastal and nearshore processes graduate students to address critical research needs within the coastal community, advancing the state of knowledge, and building the future U.S. workforce.

Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted to all units on the CESU website for 10 working days.

Date posted: 2/5/2019.