Method of Operation
SPHEAR's method of operation is summarized by an annual cycle:
Initial Board Meeting
The SPHEAR Board will recommend broad areas of relevant
scientific interest to its academic partners. The initial Board
meeting will occur at Scripps Oceanography in La Jolla, Calf., but participation via
electronic conferencing will also be provided.
Proposal Submission Phase
Participating scientists submit proposals (maximum five pages) to the
executive director of SPHEAR. Proposals include necessary staffing
requirements, which are encouraged to include teams of
scientists from institutions around the world.
Proposal Review Phase
The SPHEAR Board evaluates and recommends a "short-list" of final proposals that will be presented at the annual meeting.
Final proposals are presented and reviewed by the SPHEAR Board. Board members
recommend funding a portfolio of research projects for the next
financial year. Grants will then be implemented.
Funding duration will normally span 6-15 months. Gold partners are invited to participate in specialized workshops with partner scientists and must submit contributions for the upcoming fiscal year in order
The portfolio of recently completed research is presented to all partners.
The SPHEAR Board will consist of designated representatives from corporate partners. Each year, the Board will elect a member to serve as
Board Chair. The director of Scripps Oceanography will sit on the Board, as will
two other appointed Scripps representatives (i.e. deputy director of
research, senior hazard scientist). The director of Scripps will also
nominate a business/community leader to serve on the Board. The
SPHEAR executive director will sit on the Board ex-officio.
Contact Stephen Bennett, Executive Director of SPHEAR, at 858-846-0065 or email@example.com.