Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB) Administrative Support Office

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The OOI is a large scale ocean observing system constructed and deployed under NSF sponsorship and oversight as a Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) Project.  The system includes an integrated network of cabled and uncabled arrays of instrumentation, distributed in various coastal and global ocean locations, to facilitate Ocean Science research. The OOI is managed and operated under a Cooperative Agreement that is currently being re-competed.  

An Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB) has been established by the NSF to provide independent, community-based input and guidance to the NSF and the OOI operator relating to OOI operations and maintenance.  This solicitation invites proposals for an Administrative Support Office to assist the OOIFB in carrying out its responsibilities to the OOI Program.


Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 27, 2018


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Eligibility Requirements

Who May Serve as PI: Restricted to individuals who are not serving as PI/Co-PI for active or pending OOI Operations and Maintenance Awards or sub-Awards

Proposals may only be submitted by the following institutions/organizations

  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the U.S. acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities



Amount Description

$3 million total for five years at $600,000 per year. Amount is subject to availability of funds.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 27, 2018