UC Davis received a $3M award from the National Science Foundation in support of the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program “Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions (SOS:PSD)”. The SOS:PSD will train the next generation of marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts the policy focus on the front-end of the research and training enterprise as a means of building more effective links between the science and decisions on sustainable use of living marine resources. The basis of the new interdisciplinary paradigm is combining traditional graduate training in core disciplines and interdisciplinary courses on marine science and policy with immersion into the policy process and politics surrounding ecosystem-based fishery management. Jim Sanchirico, professor in Environmental Science and Policy and Associate Director of Science Policy at the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Science Institute (CMSI) will lead the program.
CMSI will play an important role in the immersion aspects of the training program building off of our proven track record of assembling scientists, leaders of government agencies, and stakeholders in a neutral forum (e.g., workshops) to discuss the state of the science and the scientific needs of decision-makers with the goal of developing a mutually beneficial research agenda.
The first cohort of trainees will start in the fall of 2018. The SOS:PSD anticipates training 60 PhD students, including 30 funded trainees, from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, economics, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and oceanography. If you would like to learn more about this program please visit the SOS:PSD webpage at http://cmsi.ucdavis.edu/nsf-research-traineeship/index.html.
NSF’s NRT program awarded projects in high-priority, interdisciplinary research areas aimed at educating and expanding science and engineering workforce, broadening participation in STEM education to include traditionally underserved populations, and creating new resources at institutions that train STEM graduate students.
Read more here about the award here, https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/3m-program-integrate-science-and-policymaking-ocean-research