MEOPAR: Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System


MEOPAR - Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

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Request for Proposals Instructions English


A Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System, built through a public, private and academic partnership, will bring together and leverage existing Canadian and International ocean observation data/programs/projects. It will generate value-added data products on an open web-based platform that maximizes utility to end-users, and provide timely access to a broad range of environmental information.

The pilot phase (two years) for CIOOS should demonstrate the feasibility and utility of the coordination of ocean observation in Canada making use of multi-sectoral Regional Associations which will work together cooperatively as part of a national system. The request for work plans is structured to ensure that all funded partners can work together cooperatively towards a common goal and that data holdings of the Regional Associations will be interoperable and consistent with international standards.


Each application will identify a Project Lead as well as any additional participants who will receive funding. The work plan will define clear deliverables for each of the two years of funding, as well as concrete and measurable milestones for each of the two years. The milestones should be accompanied by risk assessments where appropriate.

The deliverables and milestones will form the basis for annual reporting of information and assessment of progress and will include information such as: cash and in-kind funding from partners; a progress report; explanation of any delays and/or work plan changes; corrective actions; etc.

The Project Lead for each group receiving MEOPAR funds will enter into a Performance and Reporting Agreement (PARA) with the Network, which will identify funding schedules as well as reporting timeline and processes.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to ensure that all necessary certifications, permits, licenses and other approvals have been obtained before any work is carried out in whole or in part. If an environmental or ethics assessment is required for the proposed work plan, MEOPAR will need a copy of the appropriate institutional certification committee approval prior to funding start.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Generally, applicants should seek to identify partner support (cash and/or in-kind) which meets or exceeds 25% of total costs required to perform the work plan.


Internal Deadline

Project Lead to submit a copy of application and complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Project Leader to submit application electronically in PDF format to All interested applicants must contact Alexa Reedman before submitting their proposal.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Alexa Reedman, Research Program Coordinator at

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research, Research Support Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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