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 and MERC (in collaboration with the US Naval Research Laboratory, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, California States Land Commission, US Maritime Administration, and Maryland Port Administration)are currently accepting preliminary applications from developers and manufacturers of ship in-water cleaning technologies to participate in independent performance testing. The specific goals of this effort are to: (a) refine and customize procedures for evaluating the efficacy of in-water cleaning technologies to remove biofouling from underwater ship surfaces, collect removed biological debris, and remove chemical contaminants from the effluent, (b) provide a third-party evaluations of in-water cleaning technologies, and (c) provide rigorous, independent data on the performance of in-water cleaning systems that can be used to apply for permitted commercial use in ports around the world. This evaluation of in-water cleaning systems will focus on biofouling removal, debris and biocide chemical capture efficacy, and follow the ACT and MERC approaches for independent testing, including the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a Test Protocol Workshop, and field testing on MARAD ships in Baltimore Maryland and Long Beach California. The scope of this evaluation covers a variety of technologies, ranging from those applies to the general hull to those applies specifically to ship niche areas. As part of this evaluation, participating technology developers and/or service providers will conduct the in-water cleaning on test ships, with the testing team conducting underwater ship surveys and various related sampling (before, during and after), as agreed to in the final Test Protocols. Like all ACT Technology Evaluations, participation in this effort will be voluntary and free of charge (with some participation support available) for qualifying applicants, and results will be made available to the public in individual reports for each of the technologies or service providers that agree to participate.

To qualify for this evaluation, candidate technologies must be:
A. Commercially available, or
B. New, near-commercial technologies that are ready for the market with available quality testing data to support performance claims. Preference will be given to technologies that fall above a NASA Technology Readiness Level of 7 or higher (www.nasa.gov/pdf/458490main_TRL_Definitions.pdf), and
C. Designed to remove biofouling from ship hulls and/or niche areas, collect and dispose or treat captured debris, biocide chemicals, and effluent water.

Full Request for Technologies -
Application Form -
Applications due December 22, 2017

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

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 - CLOSED

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