Frequently Asked Questions and Reminders

Please contrast Type A and Type B projects in simple terms.

  • Type A projects are calling for research to advance multidisciplinary modeling systems that help inform and evaluate best fisheries management strategies for future oceans on various timeframes.
  • Type B projects are calling for research that focuses on the human dimensions of climate change and that advance the understanding of frontline fishing

For Type A proposals, could you please say a couple more words on how you see/understand multidisciplinary

  • Multidisciplinary means going across the spectrum from climate and ocean projections through the biological components even into human dimensions.  Ultimately we want these systems to be able to provide advice on fisheries management and fishing community adaptation

Could organismal level measures that informed modeling efforts fit into the concept of multidisciplinary here?

  • In general the focus of this call is not on organismal level research but it could be considered if key to broader efforts to advance the ability to evaluate the performance of fisheries related management strategies

For Type A proposals, are projects working with existing data at a disadvantage relative to projects collecting new data?

  • No disadvantage. We are very much looking to build on existing efforts. We are looking to build a system that can project future conditions and then evaluate best strategies in those conditions. It depends a lot on building and pulling from existing data. So, no disadvantage using existing data or collecting new data

For Type A proposals, should goals be more general or better make a focus adaptation on a particular species?

  • The goal of type A projects is to advance integrated systems that can evaluate the performance of fishery management strategies under expected future climate/ocean conditions.  Specific focus areas or species are encouraged as part of the process.

Since Type A has been identified as modeling focused, can specific genetic or experimental research be included?

  • In general the focus of this call is not on genetic or experimental research but it could be considered if key to broader efforts to advance the ability to evaluate the performance of fisheries related management strategies
  • Do Type A proposals that are modeling-related have an advantage over Type B proposals?
    • No, we view Type A & Type B proposals as complementary to one another. There is no advantage
  • Should a Type A proposal include all of the elements from climate and physics to ecology and fishery management?or is it acceptable to just focus on part of the spectrum (e.g., physical processes and prediction)?
    • The goal of type A projects is to advance integrated systems that can evaluate the performance of fishery management strategies under expected future climate/ocean conditions.  While integration across disciplines is encouraged, it is acceptable to focus on parts of the spectrum.

Do Type B proposals have to include indigenous communities (or solely include indigenous communities)?

  • Type B proposals are not required to include Indigenous communities but where relevant and/or applicable, we are encouraging inclusion of/and engagement with relevant sectors of the community that may include local, indigenous and/or tribal communities

For Type B proposals, is it allowable to budget for an honorarium/stipend or other compensation for people who participate in surveys and focus groups?

  • Yes, Participant support costs are defined as direct costs for items such as stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (but not employees) in  connection with conferences, or training projects

Can the same entity submit a Type A proposal and a Type B proposal?

  • Yes, an applicant can submit both a Type A & Type B proposal

Is there any interest in tandem proposals i.e., proposals for Type A and Type B in the same region?

  • It is certainly possible to have a Type A & B proposal in the same region but not a requirement.

Does CAFA funding apply to storm drain utility projects?

  • The focus of the CAFA FY23 call is to fund research on strategies and tools to advance resilience and adaptation of marine fisheries and fishing communities. Storm drain utility projects are outside the focus of this call

Is there funding from the Inflation Reduction Act that will go towards this funding opportunity?

  • At this time, we do not know if the CAFA program will receive any Inflation Reduction Act Funds.

Is non-federal match required?

  • Matching funds and cost-sharing are not required. However, leveraging and in kind sharing of resources should be reported within the proposal.

Are there any caps on indirect cost rates?

  • There are no caps on indirect cost rates as long as they are justified.

Are there limits on acceptable overhead rates allowed for "for-profit" proposers?

  • No, as long as it is a justifiable dollar amount

Are there any cost-sharing requirements?

  • Matching funds and cost-sharing are not required. However, leveraging and in kind sharing of resources should be reported within the proposal.

How many projects will be funded?

  • The number of projects will be based on submissions and available funding.  We have not received funding for FY23 yet, so we cannot answer that question at this time.

Should the approximate project cost included in the LOI include a detailed breakdown, or just a total cost?

  • For the LOI, an approximate total project cost is sufficient.  For the full proposal, all relevant budget breakdowns and documents (please see the NOFO for full details)

Are course buyout allowed as a cost item?

  • No, they are not

Would proposals/projects have access to fishery data?

  • Yes, there is a variety of fisheries related data that is publicly accessible for proposals/projects

Would anadromous fish species that depend on both ocean and freshwater systems, such as salmon, be applicable to this competition?

  • Yes, projects focused on salmon would be applicable

Will the total revenue of the targeted fishery species be a criteria during the proposal review (e.g., higher revenue species have an advantage?)

  • No, the total revenue of the targeted fishery species will not be a criteria during proposal review.

Are shellfish fisheries included in this call, or is it referring to finfish only?

  • Yes, shellfish are included as “fish” and “fisheries” in the call.

Does the term "fishing communities" refer to both commercial and recreational fishing communities? Does it also include subsistence fisheries?

  • Yes, it includes all of these.  A fishing community is defined as “a community which is substantially dependent on or substantially engaged in the harvest or processing of fishery resources to meet social and economic needs, and includes fishing vessel owners, operators, and crew and United States fish processors that are based in such community,” pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act https://media.fisheries.noaa.gov/dam-migration/msa-amended-2007.pdf.

Does the term "fishing community" include those Alaska Native communities that harvest marine mammals under NOAA co-management agreements?

  • While the term "fishing community" does include Alaska Native communities, harvesting of marine mammals is under a different set of statutes that is beyond the scope of what this call was intended to address.

If a fishing community is engaged in only non-federally managed fisheries, would it still be acceptable as a focus for a proposal?

  • Proposals should focus on federally managed (or co-managed) fisheries or fishing communities that interact with federally managed (or co-managed) fisheries.

To what extent will geographic criteria be used to select successful proposals? For example, if there are four proposals submitted that focus on Alaska, will only one or two be funded, despite all being considered appropriate for funding?

  • We don't know what kind of proposals we will receive and what kind of recommendations we will receive from the panel.  We may receive proposals in multiple regions or we may receive proposals in a few.  It will depend on the panel recommendations.  The NOFO explains selection factors (including geography) in greater detail.

What is the definition of the insular Pacific-Hawaii region for this competition?

  • The CAFA program is utilizing LME regions for this call for proposals.
  • The 'Insular Pacific-Hawaiian LME' includes the main Hawaiian Islands extending out to the far NW islands (kure Atoll and Midway Atoll), so this would not include Palau, FS Micronesia, Marshall Islands

Would multi-region Type A projects be expected to have plans for engaging with all included NOAA regions?

  • Yes multi-region Type A proposals should include a stakeholder/community engagement plan for all regions that will be engaged in the project

Is a proposal focusing on the Great Lakes appropriate?

  • The Great Lakes are outside the scope of this call

Is information from recreational fishing groups considered traditional ecological knowledge

  • Within this CAFA call for proposals, Indigenous Tribal Ecological Knowledge (ITEK) is a body of observations, oral and written knowledge, practices and beliefs that promotes environmental sustainability and stewardship of natural resources and is applied across biological, physical, cultural and spiritual systems.  Local knowledge is observations, information and knowledge specific to a particular place based on interactions with/by individuals that utilize that resource/place but those interactions lack the culture and/or spiritual application.  Information from recreational fishing groups could be defined as "local" knowledge

Can you please provide more information on if/how proposals should use MOM6 products and how to access that information?

  • Projects do not need to use predictions/projections from MOM6 and we expect the continued use of other products until the MOM6 products are available, tested etc.
  • The statement in the Information sheet was intended to allow projects to consider MOM6 products if they become available before or during the project term, but we completely appreciate that that may be difficult to plan for and may be premature for these proposals.
  • For more information on the availability of MOM6 products please contact charles.stock@noaa.gov.

The MOM6 model projections are not yet fully available. Should proposals assume that MOM6 output will be available for the region of interest?

  • We hope by the end of this year or into next year the next generation of MOM 6 will be available for testing and use. We suggest writing the proposals based on what you think will be available.

The Program Information Sheet seems to imply that projects must use predictions/projections from MOM6 (rather than projections developed using e.g. ROMS or another ocean modeling system) Is that the case? The full NOFO doesn't’ mention it

  • projects do not need to use predictions/projections from MOM6 and we expect the continued use of other products until the MOM6 products are available, tested etc.
  • The statement in the Information sheet was intended to allow projects to consider MOM6 products if they become available before or during the project term, but we completely appreciate that that may be difficult to plan for and may be premature for these proposals.

Can an eligible project be in concert with projects being undertaken by international or RFMO science providers? If so, can the funds partially support staff/contractors within that non-US entity?

  • Yes, an eligible project can be in concert with projects being undertaken by international or RFMO science providers and partially support staff/contractors within that non-US entity

Can establishing collaborations with local NOAA offices be a part of a Type A project?

  • We encourage collaboration with local NOAA offices where applicable. We also encourage collaboration with local, tribal, regional, academic partners where applicable.

What are the ideal outcomes or products? Are scientific articles enough or is there a more applied product output expected?

  • Scientific articles are one of the desired outcomes but we are also looking for research proposals that have a strong nexus with application. Outcomes and applications in the realm of users or affected communities of practice from those projects would also be welcome

Is there any emphasis on funding undergraduate and/or graduate research as part of proposed projects?

  • The CAFA program has a long history of supporting the next generation of scientists.  We encourage the engagement of undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs as part of the broader project. When addressing team composition, applicants should consider team contributions to a diverse, next-generation workforce through training, mentorship, education, and by engaging with students and early career professionals.

Can Federal Employees apply?

  • Federal Employees can apply, however, they should prepare their proposal according to the NOFO guidelines and submit the proposal directly to the Competition Program Manager (Jennifer Dopkowski) via email (jennifer.dopkowski@noaa.gov) by the deadline. Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead’s but with personalized budget information. However, please note that we cannot support federal employee salaries.

Can for-profit institutions apply?

  • For-profit institutions are eligible to apply; however they must keep in mind that the results of the work are public and cannot benefit one entity.

Make sure you are registered and your accounts are up-to-date in advance of the submission deadline - Grants.gov, System for Award Management, etc Are letters of intent (LOIs) required? How should they be submitted?

  • Letters of intent are encouraged but not required. LOIs should be submitted via email directly to Jennifer Dopkowski, the Competition Program Manager (jennifer.dopkowski@noaa.gov) by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on September 1, 2022.

How are full proposals submitted?

  • Full proposals must be submitted via grants.gov or received by mail by the due date (November 21, 2022 5:00 pm Eastern Time). Please see CPO FAQ’s for the mailing address.

Proposals should convey what difference your work makes. It should not be for the sake of knowledge alone - but to change our approach, understanding, and application.

Be clear about which Type of Proposal (A or B) you are submitting.

Proposals should include a statement on how DEIA principles will be incorporated into the project

Proposals should develop and incorporate protocols and processes to include cultural data/resources and local, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge (ITEK) and other non-western scientific knowledge where appropriate.

  • For more information, see the Program Information Sheet → Additional Information → Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility section

Investigator teams: multidisciplinary & diverse teams are encouraged (e.g., tribal or indigenous groups, stakeholders, early career professionals, etc.)

  • Include a clear explanation of the roles of the investigators and how the team will interact and integrate the multiple components
  • For more information, see the Program Information Sheet → Additional Information → Investigators Teams section

Partnerships between state, tribal, local governments, private sector, NGOs, other federal agencies, non-government agencies, Sea Grant, NMFS offices are encouraged

  • For more information, see the Program Information Sheet → Additional Information → Leveraging and Partnerships section

Upon award of funding, project teams will be expected to:

  1. Undertake an ongoing dialogue with the NOAA Climate Program Office, NMFS Office of Science and Technology, and relevant NOAA partners.
  2. Submit annual and final reports and respond to periodic data and information requests, including updates on relevant DEIA activities.
  3. Principal Investigators (PIs) will participate in a PI Community of Practice for the duration of their projects -- share methods, results, lessons learned, summary of findings at end of project, etc.

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