Related Programs

  • US IOOS
  • Consortium of Ocean Leadership
  • Interagency Ocean Observing Committee (IOOC)
  • NOAA's Coastal Services Center (CSC)
  • NOAA's National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
  • Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)
  • Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
  • National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC)
  • National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP)
  • National Ecological Observing Network (NEON)
  • National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI)
  • Marine Metadata Interoperability Project (MMI)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • US Coast Guard (USCG)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • US Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC)

Current Technology Evaluations

ACT is currently accepting applications from developers and manufacturers of commercially-available field-deployable and/or portable fluorescence-based instruments designed to characterize phytoplankton abundance and taxonomic composition to participate in independent performance testing. This evaluation is a follow up to an ACT Technology Evaluation conducted on chlorophyll fluorometry in 2005/2006 and aligns with our current theme on technologies for the detection of harmful algae and their toxins. Over the past 10 years, there have been significant advancements in this class of instrumentation and their ability to estimate biomass and classes of phytoplankton, including marine species and cyanobacteria. Testing will be conducted under controlled laboratory conditions, as well as under diverse natural field conditions and deployment applications. Like all ACT Technology Evaluations, participation in this effort will be free of charge for qualifying applicants, and results will be made available to the public in individual summary reports.

To qualify for this verification, candidate technologies must be:
A. Commercially-available,
B. New, near-commercial technologies that are ready for the market with available quality testing data to support performance claims,
C. Designed to detect harmful algae and/or cyanobacteria in the type of field applications described above.

Full Request for Technologies -
Application Form -
Applications due OCTOBER 14, 2016

For additional deadlines, dates or information see RFT or contact Drs. Tom Johengen, ACT Chief Scientist johengen@umich.edu and Mario Tamburri, ACT Director tamburri@umces.edu

As part of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge, ACT is working with several partners and agencies to help address the environmental and ecological problems associated with nutrient pollution. A critical step in this process is facilitating the development and adoption of the next-generation in situ nutrient sensors and analyzers through the Nutrient Sensor Challenge. This ACT Request for Technologies is a crucial step to formally challenging the technology development and innovation communities to develop affordable, reliable, and accurate nutrient sensors while providing independent verification of instrument performance. Applications for ACT Verification Testing are required from all interested parties, including those who have already registered and participated in initial phases of the Challenge. Accepted applicants will be publicly identified as participants in the Nutrient Sensor Challenge Verification Testing phase. Ownership of all intellectual property will remain with applicants/participants. ACT (and associated partners/collaborators) will keep confidential any proprietary information identified by applicants/participants. However, all instrument performance testing results generated for the Challenge Verification will be made available to the public in a series of individual ACT verification reports. The information in each report will also be used by an independent Judging Panel assembled by the Challenging Nutrients Coalition to recognize accomplishments and select winners of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge.

Full Request for Technologies - CLOSED
Application Form - CLOSED
Applications CLOSED December 18, 2015

For additional deadlines, dates or information see RFT or contact Drs. Mario Tamburri, tamburri@umces.edu, Tom Johengen johengen@umich.edu, Beth Stauffer stauffer@louisiana.edu

ACT, in association with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (USCG RDC), Maritime Administration (MARAD), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC), and Great Ships Initiative (GSI), is currently accepting applications from developers and manufacturers of commercially available compliance tools that use variable fluorescence to determine concentrations of live organisms in ballast water and to identify non-compliance with international and national ballast water discharge standards. While multiple approaches to compliance monitoring will likely be used to varying degrees, indirect measure of exceedance may ultimately be widely adopted for routine monitoring, if the tools: (a) can be validated and standardized, (b) are simple to use, and (c) provide sufficient confidence that a discharge is not in compliance.  One such suite of tools may be chlorophyll and variable fluorescence fluorometers, designed to provide estimates of the abundance of living, photosynthetic organisms, between 10 and 50 microns in size.  This ACT Performance Verification exercise is designed to serve as the validation step for variable fluorescent fluorometers and to provide the independent, rigorous evaluations needed for their use in ballast water management system or vessel operator self monitoring and shipboard compliance inspections. Participation in this effort will be open to all qualifying applicants, and results will be made available to the public in individual summary reports.

To qualify for this verification, candidate technologies must be:
A. Commercially-available,
B. New, near-commercial technologies that are ready for the market with available quality testing data to support performance claims,
C. Based on variable fluorescence to determine concentrations of live organisms in ballast water, and
D. Designed for shipboard applications.

Full Request for Technologies -
Application Form -
Applications due February 27, 2015 - CLOSED

For additional deadlines, dates or information see RFT or contact Drs. Mario Tamburri, tamburri@umces.edu, and Lisa Drake, lisa.drake@nrl.navy.mil