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Maryland Sea Grant RFP

The Maryland Sea Grant College is seeking proposals for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2005 - January 31, 2007. The focus of this solicitation is on research in support of coastal restoration. Additional funding opportunities exist for regional research proposals that focus on specific joint priorities for Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Sea Grant. The Request for Proposals (RFP) contains a listing of coastal restoration research questions, a description of regional Sea Grant research proposals and information about the format and timetable for submitting preproposals and proposals.

Support is offered on an open, competitive basis. Principal Investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with an academic institution or research laboratory in Maryland. Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) on projects can be from institutions outside of Maryland. Single investigators and multiple investigator research teams from different institutions are encouraged to apply; both small-scale pilot studies and large interdisciplinary research projects will be considered. Maryland Sea Grant encourages participation from the broad research community within Maryland, especially investigators new to the Maryland Sea Grant RFP process.

Preproposals are due March 8, 2004, at 5.00 p.m. The RFP and application materials are available on the web at www.mdsg.umd.edu/Research/RFP. To request a paper copy of the RFP, call Maryland Sea Grant at 301.403.4220.

Savor the Bay

The UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, together with Maryland Sea Grant, sponsors a series of dinner lectures at restaurants in Solomons, Maryland, each year. Called "Savor the Bay," the series features a seafood dinner, lectures on some aspect of Chesapeake Bay science and culinary demonstrations by local chefs.

Sea Grant extension agent Jackie Takacs coordinates "Savor the Bay," which was modeled after a similar program of the same name at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester, Virginia. "It's a fun and interesting way for the Lab to reach out to members of the community who may not know about the kind of research we do," says Takacs.

The schedule for this year's series, focused on the blue crab, is listed below. Dinner/lectures run from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

  • February 23 - Dr. Thomas Miller, "If King Charles I Had Only Known about Crabs," Lighthouse Inn, Chef Kevin Pinti.
  • March 30 - Dr. Rodger Harvey, "The Eyes Don't Lie," DiGiovanni's Dock of the Bay, Chef Gregory Danvers.
  • April 13 - Dr. David Secor, "Crab Cake Blues," Stoney's Kingfishers Seafood House, Chef Forest.

Registration, which costs $40 per person, includes lecture, demonstration and a four-course meal and is available on a first-come first-serve basis. To register, visit the web at cbl.umces.edu/Public/SavortheBay.html or call Jackie Takacs at 410.326.7356.

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