Program Update – January 2010
The Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (IWG-OP) hosted a meeting at the Office of Naval Research on January 15, 2010 and continued their effort to inform and engage agencies on the benefits of participating in the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP).
NOPP also hosted the quarterly IWG-OP Biodiversity Ad Hoc meeting on January 21, 2010. Topics discussed include biological resource data management, animal borne sensors and tagging technologies, the National Science Foundation’s New Dimensions in Biodiversity initiative and updates on the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
The Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure (IWG-FI) formed a Task Force on Unmanned Systems (TFUS). This task force will advise the IWG-FI on policies, procedures and plans relating to unmanned uses, upgrades and investments. TFUS is holding their first meeting today, Friday, January 29, 2010 at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
NOPP encourages research proposal submission for the topic, Developing Environmental Protocols and Monitoring to Support Ocean Renewable Energy and Stewardship. NOPP welcomes proposals from research teams meeting the goal of partnerships between at least two of the following three sectors: academia, industry (including NGOs) and government. The deadline to apply is 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 22, 2010. More information can be found through the Federal Business Opportunities web site, www.fedbizopps.gov, under solicitation number M10PS00152.
The NOPP Office will be hosting an exhibit at the Ocean Sciences 2010 conference that takes place from February 22-26, 2010. NOPP is holding a Town Hall on Ocean Partnerships: Collaborative Oceanographic Research of the Future on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room D139. If you are headed to Portland, Oregon for Ocean Sciences 2010, please visit the NOPP booth and attend the NOPP Town Hall!