Submit your Proposal to Alaska’s Blue Economy Future

September 6, 2021

A beach near Cordova. Photo by Amanda Byrd.
A beach near Cordova. Photo by Amanda Byrd.

Center ICE is soliciting proposals to advance innovations that would strengthen Alaska’s blue economy. This request for proposals is a collaboration with the UAF Alaska Blue Economy Center (ABEC) and is supported by the Office of Naval Research.

“Blue economy” refers to the sustainable development of marine industries, including but not limited to fisheries, seafood processing, mariculture, tourism, transportation, and energy. These maritime industries will be a growing part of Alaska’s future economy. UAF — including Center ICE, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and ABEC — are poised to grow as the focal point for translating research that helps drive Alaska’s economic future in the maritime industries.

Center ICE will fund proposed projects that would advance innovations with the greatest likelihood of industry adoption. As such, proposals should describe not just the innovation and its proposed development but also the anticipated industry application and likelihood of adoption. Innovations may be no more than an idea or may be as far along as nearly ready for industry deployment. All innovations must contribute to a maritime industry.