Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU and University of North Carolina Wilmington to Jointly Lead NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology
Institute will be headquartered at HBOI and co-managed with UNCW to address NOAA’s research and development priorities.
“This is an important day for Harbor Branch,
The new institute will conduct research under three main themes: development of advanced underwater technologies, exploration and research of frontier regions of the eastern continental shelf and beyond, and improved understanding of deep and shallow coral ecosystems. NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research will be the institute’s primary NOAA partner, which will replace the four east coast centers of NOAA’s Undersea Research Program.
“We are thrilled by this opportunity to enter into an equal partnership with FAU, taking full advantage of the specific areas of expertise and research strengths of both institutions,” said Dr.
“We are extremely proud of the contributions and research expertise of these exceptional scientists from FAU and UNCW,” said Pritchett. “This was a highly competitive national award and thanks to their efforts and commitment, our two organizations, working together with our partners, will be in the forefront of ocean exploration and helping to advance products and tools that enhance NOAA’s operational mission.”
Collaboration on this joint effort with FAU and UNCW started with a serendipitous, initial dialogue between Pritchett and McFarland, who were former colleagues at
“We expect some exciting things from NOAA’s newest cooperative institute, such as discoveries that further our knowledge of the ocean along our East Coast and the development of advanced underwater technologies,” said Dr.
The cooperative institute will use the oceanographic expertise of UNCW, HBOI, SRI International, and the
Each of the 22 cooperative institutes are NOAA-supported, non-federal organizations that have established an exceptional research program in one or more areas relevant to the agency’s mission. The institutes collaborate with NOAA scientists on long-term research topics, provide significant coordination of resources among all nongovernment partners, and promote the involvement of students and postdoctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research. Institutes also benefit from funding stability, allowing them to support and expand their research and educational missions.
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