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 preliminary applications from developers and manufacturers of sensors and test kits for the detection of harmful algal toxins to participate in independent performance testing. This demonstration is complementary to an ongoing ACT Technology Evaluation conducted on fluorescence-based instruments designed to characterize phytoplankton abundance and taxonomic composition and aligns with our current theme on technologies for the detection of harmful algae and their toxins. Over the last decade, a large number of new test approaches have been developed, including but not limited to immunoassay and molecular methods. However, an independent evaluation of assay types, relative to standard methods, is currently a barrier to use for many stakeholders. Sensors and field-portable/-deployable assays quantifying toxins of interest (including but not limited to domoic acid, saxitoxins, and microcystins) will be prioritized. Testing will be conducted under controlled laboratory conditions, as well as under diverse field conditions. Like all ACT Technology Evaluations, participation in this effort will be voluntary and 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 20, 2017

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

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 - CLOSED
Application Form - CLOSED
Applications CLOSED 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