SECOORA Priorities for 2021-2026 US IOOS Cooperative Agreement to be Determined Through Competitive Letter of Intent Process

SECOORA will submit a proposal in response to the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) FY 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (anticipated to be released in April 2020). This opportunity will cover the 5-year period June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2026 and will sustain critical observing, modeling, product, and service activities while also seeking opportunities to add new multidisciplinary projects.  To develop the proposal, SECOORA will solicit Letters of Intent (LOIs) from a broad stakeholder base, conduct a two part LOI evaluation, and assemble our IOOS 5-year proposal from the top ranking LOIs  

SECOORA’s Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System – Strategic Operational Plan, which is based on the needs of the region and the ability to make significant progress in priority areas, will serve as a guide for the SECOORA proposal. LOIs should address at least one of the SECOORA focus areas: Coastal Hazards and Climate Variability; Ecosystems, including Water Quality and Living Marine Resources; and, Marine Operations. All proposed projects should mirror the priorities in this document.

General Information

Links will be added throughout the proposal development process.

  1. Review Panel Term of Reference
  2. LOI Solicitation (PDF)
  3. Weighted Criteria for Evaluation of Submitted LOIs
  4. Notice of Funding Opportunity released (anticipated April 2020)

Background Information

  1. Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon!)
  2. Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System – Strategic Operational Plan
  3. SECOORA Data Management and Communications (DMAC) Plan 

Proposal Development Timeline

Subject to change.

  • December 2019
    • Approve 5 Year Proposal Process  
  • February 2020
    • Solicit nominees for Comprehensive Review Panel
    • Advertise proposal process to members
  • March 2020 (Board Call)
    • Board approval of slate for Comprehensive Review Panel
  • March 23, 2020
  • April 2020
    • IOOS Notice of Funding Opportunity is released (exact date TBD)
  • May 26, 2020 
    • LOIs are due
  • June 2020
    • Subject Matter Expert reviews due back to SECOORA
  • Early July 2020
    • SECOORA staff assembles all Subject Matter Expert reviews
    • Send all LOIs and SME reviews to the Comprehensive Review Panel
    • Comprehensive Review Panel discusses process and charge
  • Mid – Late July 2020
    • Comprehensive Review Panel ranks LOIs
    • Identify proposal writing team and write proposal
  • September 2020
    • Final Proposal draft
    • Board endorses proposal
  • October 2020
    • SECOORA submits proposal