Subject: Proposal to IARC
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 17:18:44 +0500
Reply-to: "Stepan G. Shiyatov" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Some days ago we have got "JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT OF
OPPORTUNITY" from International Arctic Research Center and Cooperative
Institute for Arctic Research University of Alaska Fairbanks. The
general theme is Global Change Research in the Arctic (full text with
description is attached bellow). As we have read Research Themes from
announcement they seem to be very congenial to our laboratory. What do
you think about this? Is there point in submitting proposal to IARC
and CIFAR at the University of Alaska Fairbanks? Research theme would
be 5,000 year summer air temperature reconstruction from tree rings
and impacts and consequences of global climate change on forest
ecosystems in the Polar Ural and Yamal Peninsula (Subarctic regions of
We have no wide experience to submit proposal to any foreign
administration. We need in some advice. Could you give us a piece of
good advice how to do this well.
The questions are:
1. We are not sure whether this action and theme is contrary to our
future cooperative work?
2. If not, how big our chance to get award?
3. Could we submit a proposal from our Institute only without U.S.
partner? (Proposals from foreign institutions should preferably have a
U.S. partner. See description bellow). If U.S. partner should be, who
in your opinion would be?
Subject: IARC Announcement of Opportunity
For more information on these research
Professor Syun Akasofu, Director, IARC, Phone: 907/474-6012,
Fax: 907/474-5662, or E-mail: email@example.com.
JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY
International Arctic Research Center and Cooperative Institute for
Arctic Research University of Alaska Fairbanks
Global Change Research in the Arctic
Proposals are invited on topics of global change and its
effects in the Arctic (detection; interactions and feedbacks;
paleoclimates, arctic haze, ozone and UV; contaminants; impacts and
consequences of change). The proposal deadline is 1 October 1999 and
awards will be made in January 2000.
The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) and the Cooperative
Institute for Arctic
Research (CIFAR) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks announce the
availability of funding for global change research in the Arctic. The
IARC is a new international research center at the University of
Alaska Fairbanks, established jointly with Japan. The mission of the
IARC is to provide an environment that will nurture multidisciplinary
research by integrating and synthesizing past, present, and future
studies in global change.
CIFAR is the NOAA-UAF Cooperative Institute
for Arctic Research; it is combining the resources of its Arctic
Research Initiative (ARI) with those of IARC under this announcement.
The goal is to develop a focal point for a pan-Arctic synthesis of
global change in which researchers from many different institutions
throughout the United States and the rest of the world participate to
combine their research results. Further details on IARC can be found
on its web page at http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/ and on CIFAR at
Proposals may be submitted from U.S. or
foreign institutions that address studies on any of the following
themes drawn from the IARC Science Plan and the CIFAR Arctic Research
Initiative. Proposals from foreign institutions should preferably have
a U.S. partner. The starting date for proposed work should be 1
January 2000, with a duration of up to 24 months. Funding for the
second year will be contingent on the availability of additional
funds, therefore each proposal should have a clear, achievable
objective for the first year's work.
1. Detection of
contemporary climate change in the Arctic by ground observations,
remote sensing and climate "fingerprinting".
2. Arctic paleoclimatic
reconstructions from ice cores, tree rings, permafrost, lake and ocean
3. Atmosphere-ice-land-ocean interactions and feedbacks in
the Arctic that affect change, including observations and modeling.
4. Arctic atmospheric chemistry, arctic haze, ozone and UV radiation and
5. Impacts and consequences of global climate change,
including effects on biota and ecosystems in the Arctic.
6. Contaminant sources, transport pathways, and exposure to higher
trophic levels and humans in the Arctic.
It is planned to fund several
large projects and a number of medium ($100K) or smaller projects.
Proposals must include the full cost of logistics support required. A
total of about $ 4.5M is available in year 1 for this Announcement of
Proposals can request support for the following:
*Research on any of the above six themes. Proposals that add value to
ongoing research projects, or that share costs with other funded
investigators, are encouraged.
* Conducting workshops at the IARC to
further define priorities or synthesize available information on any
of the research themes listed above, or any theme from the IARC
* Visiting scientists, for short- or longer-term visits,
to the IARC in Fairbanks.
* Development of generally useful curricula
and courses in global change, or conducting global change outreach and
* U.S. participation in the work of the Arctic
Council and its AMAP, CAFF, or PAME working groups.
should meet the following conditions:
* PIs must attend an annual
synthesis meeting of all IARC/CIFAR investigators in Fairbanks at
which research results will be presented and working groups will
synthesize results. Proposal budgets should include travel to
* All activities will be required to acknowledge the
financial support from IARC and CIFAR in reports, papers,
* Progress reports are due from all funded
projects on 1 August 2000.
* Copies of all publications resulting from
funded projects are to be provided to IARC/CIFAR.
Proposals should not
exceed 15 pages in text and illustrations, not counting CVs, budget
page, and appendices. Further details on proposal preparation are
attached below as an appendix.
Review criteria for research proposals are:
* Does the proposal address the research themes listed above?
*Does it propose high-quality research?
* Does it advance the NOAA mission?
* Is the PI (or are the PIs) well qualified to do the
* Can the research be done in a timely manner?
* Is it likely to lead to significant results?
* Is it likely to contribute to
a synthesis of research results on global change?
Proposals must be
received by 1 October 1999. All proposals will be reviewed by a
scientific peer review panel of prominent researchers that will advise
a program management team drawn from NOAA, IARC, and CIFAR. Funds will
be available in early 2000. Please submit proposals (originals and 10
copies) to the address below. Further information can also be obtained
from the same office.
Professor Syun Akasofu, Director
International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
930 North Koyukuk Drive
P. O. Box 757340
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7340
Program Management Team:
Syun Akasofu, Director, IARC, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
John Calder, Director, Arctic Research, NOAA-OAR, Silver Spring, MD
Gunter Weller, Director, CIFAR, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPOSAL PREPARATION
FORMAT OF THE PROPOSAL
Proposals should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner, but
otherwise be unbound, and have 2.5-cm margins at the top, bottom, and
on each side. The type size must be clear and readily legible, in
a standard font size of 10-12 point. The original signed copy should
be clipped together (not stapled) and printed on one side of each sheet
only. The 10 additional copies of the proposal may be printed on both sides.
When submitting collaborative proposals involving more than one
institution, each institution should submit its own cover page with
appropriate signatures and its own budget. The title of the proposal,
the text, disclosures, vitae, etc., should be the same and a cover
letter should indicate that the proposal is a collaborative one
jointly submitted with another (or other) institution(s) which should
SECTIONS OF THE PROPOSAL
1. Cover page. The cover page
should include a title, the Principal Investigator's name(s) and
affiliation(s), complete address, phone, fax, e-mail information, and
budget summary broken out by year. It must be signed by an official
authorized to legally bind the submitting organization.
abstract (on a separate page). This should list the nature of the
proposed work (e.g., hypotheses to be tested, the relationship of the
proposed studies to the research themes, the goals of any proposed
workshops, relationship to the Arctic Council, etc.) and a summary of
the key approach.
3. Project Description. This section should present
the problem or opportunity to be addressed by the project, and state
the questions, hypotheses, and project objectives, clearly relating
them to the goals of this competition. Proposals should: summarize the
approach that will be used to address the questions, hypotheses, and
objectives; describe how the PIs and co-PIs would contribute to the
overall study approach; describe the methods to be used; and present
4. Data Plan. The proposal should include a plan on
how the data generated by the proposed research will be made available
to other scientists (e.g., web pages) and deposited in a recognized
5. References cited.
6. Milestone chart for the project.
7. Statement of the project responsibilities of each Principal
Investigator and participant.
8. Budget. Pattern your budget after NSF
budget Form 1030. Budget categories include the following: salaries
and wages, fringe benefits, equipment, travel, materials and supplies
(expendable), publication costs, consultant services, computer
services, sub-awards, tuition, other expenditures, and indirect costs
(facilities and administration). The full cost of logistics should be
included in the budget. Travel to an annual PI meeting in Fairbanks
should be included. Travel expenses need to be broken down by airfare
and per diem. Salaries for Government PIs will not be supported.
9. Biographical Sketch. This is limited to two pages for each Principal
Investigator and should be focused on information directly relevant to
undertaking the proposed research.
10. A short list of possible peer
reviewers with whom you have no close working or personal relationship
11. Federal employees. Proposals are welcome from those
Federal agencies whose legislated mission allows participation.
NONDISCRIMINATION The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
provides awards for research in the sciences. The awardee is wholly
responsible for the conduct of such research and preparation of the
results for publication. NOAA, therefore, does not assume
responsibility for such findings or their interpretation. IARC and
CIFAR welcome proposals on behalf of all qualified scientists and
engineers, and strongly encourage women, minorities, and persons with
disabilities to compete fully in any of the research and
research-related programs described in this document. In accordance
with Federal statutes and regulations, and NOAA policies, no person on
the grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability
shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving
financial assistance from NOAA.
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