Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity:


2015 NMFS—Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Executive Summary

Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: 2015 NMFS—Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (Population Dynamics Graduate Fellowship Program)

Announcement Type: Initial

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2015-2004339

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s): 11.417, Sea Grant Support

Dates: Applications are due to the appropriate State Sea Grant Program . The deadline for application to California Sea Grant is 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, January 29, 2015. If your state does not have a Sea Grant Program, please check VII, Agency Contacts located in the Full Funding Opportunity and for information on contacting a Sea Grant program. The Sea Grant Program must transmit the application via APPLY so that it is received by the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time February 26, 2015. A date and time receipt indication will be included and will be the basis of determining timeliness. Facsimile transmission and electronic mail submission of applications will not be accepted.

Funding Opportunity Description: The Fellowship Program expects to award at least two new PhD fellowships in 2015 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks, and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics meets NOAA's Healthy Oceans goal of "Marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems".

The expected annual award per Fellow will be $43,500 (federal plus matching funds), of which half ($21,750) is expected to be provided by NOAA Fisheries, and the other half is expected to be provided by Sea Grant federal funds and required associated matching funds.

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Review Checklist to Ensure That a Proper Budget Justification is Submitted

Submission Information

All applications must come through the sponsoring Sea Grant office. Application Deadline: January 29, 2015.

IMPORTANT: Contact us at to obtain a password to use the website link BEFORE submitting any files.

Please upload an electronic copy of all application items, with required signatures. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:

Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_budget.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf). Once submitted through the website, PDFs may not be edited. To change a PDF, it must be deleted and resubmitted.

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendations should be posted directly by the letter writers. Please share the login information you receive with your letter writers to enable them to post their letters. Letters of recommendations cannot be viewed, edited, or deleted by any applicant once posted.

For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact to make other arrangements.

Please read the fellowship announcement for instructions regarding these required elements, and note the suggested name for your files after each item (no spaces or '/' in the filenames).

Applicants need to prepare the following files:

List of required elements for application
Required element Suggested File Name
Signed Title Page*
Project Summary Form* (Sea_Grant_Short_Form_90-2.xslm)
Original form available at NOAA Sea Grant website here.
Project Proposal (5-page limit) 3_LastName_Proposal.pdf

Budget and Budget Summary Forms* (90-4Word.doc)
Please convert to PDF before submission. We will take data from forms and fill out matching SF-424A

Budget Justification 5_LastName_Justification.pdf
Curriculum Vitae of Applicant 6a_LastName_CV.pdf
Curriculum Vitae of Faculty Advisor 6b_LastName_CV.pdf
Curriculum Vitae of NMFS Mentor 6c_LastName_CV.pdf
Signed Letter of Commitment from NMFS Mentor 7_LastName_CommitLtr.pdf
Copies of all Undergraduate and Graduate Student Transcripts 8_LastName_Transcript.pdf
Summary of academic training in quantitative methods 9_LastName_training.pdf
Education and Career Goals Statement 10_LastName_Goal.pdf
Three Signed Letters of Recommendation 11_ LastName_RecLtrs.pdf
Proof of acceptance and enrollment/ or provisional acceptance letter in a graduate program in population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics or related field of study 12_LastName_AcceptLtr.pdf
Data sharing plan (not to exceed two pages) or statement that "no environmental data will be generated" 13_DataSharingPlan.pdf



Jim Eckman, Director
For more information email:

Please direct budget questions to:

Rose Madson
Business Manager
(858) 534-4601

Please direct online submission questions to:

Roberto Chavez
(858) 534-4441

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