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UN Ocean Decade 3rd call for proposals

Dear colleagues: The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade) has issued its third call for Actions: Ocean Decade launches new Call for Decade Actions No. 03/2022.

At the programmatic level the current Call for Decade Actions No. 03/2022 has a primary focus on programmes that contribute to Ocean Decade Challenge 3 – Sustainable Blue Food and Challenge 4 – Sustainable Ocean Economy, although Actions with other foci can be considered (please see different deadline/procedure below). This includes regional programmes with a focus on one or more of these Challenges. This call is particularly welcoming applications from Africa and Pacific Small Island Developing States.
Deadlines are: 
  • 30 May 2022 23.59h CET: Submission of Expression of Interest for programmes that do not primarily contribute to UN Ocean Decade Challenges 3 or 4.
  • 30 August 2022 23.59h CET: Submission of full applications for all Decade programmes and projects.
As a Programme endorsed in the first of the Decade’s calls, the Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON, looks forward to evaluating and engaging with Actions responding to the present call.

OBON will evaluate Ocean Decade Project proposals that focus on biomolecular observing, and seek partnership with those that align to the Programme’s objectives. Together, we hope to foster coordinated activity across OBON partners, and co-design approaches to biomolecular ocean observing that address the Challenges of the Decade. Through this co-design and coordination, we seek to help partners more effectively distribute and share capacities, including in-kind resources or funding. 

We also welcome Project proposals that would improve links between OBON and other Ocean Decade Programmes that focus on society’s relationship with marine life. These include Marine Life 2030, Ocean Practices for the Decade, Programmes relevant to fisheries, Early Career Ocean Professionals, Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability, SMARTNET, Global Ocean Oxygen Decade, OASIS, the deep ocean Programmes, ForeSea, DITTO, and others (see list here: Explore The Ocean Decade Actions).

Please ensure that your proposal includes information on:

  • Digital strategy and implementation plan. How will the project concretely implement prevailing and emerging norms (e.g. the FAIR and CARE principles) such that their data, information and digital knowledge products will be (re)usable across all OBON partners? Note that OBON will provide coordination and assistance in federating partners around shared conventions, which all OBON partners are invited to co-develop.

  • Project development: e.g. has the project been co-designed/ co-delivered by knowledge generators and users?

  • Capacity building and retention mechanisms: e.g. does the project collaborate and engage with other groups locally and globally, does it benefit underrepresented groups such as Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, as well as indigenous and local people?

  • Equity and diversity: What concrete mechanisms will the Action deploy to promote equitable participation across capacity levels and how will this translate to greater inclusivity and diversity?

Partners in the original OBON proposal are listed below.

On behalf of the OBON interim Science Advisory Committee and our partners:
  • Dr. Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration / GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Germany
  • Dr. Raffaella Casotti, Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy
  • Dr. Francisco Chavez, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
  • Dr. Neil Davies, University of California Berkeley, Moorea,
    French Polynesia
  • Dr. Kelly Goodwin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Dr. Daniele Ludicone, Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Naples,
  • Dr. Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California-San Diego, USA
  • Ms. Raïssa Meyer, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Dr. Kathleen Pitz, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute,
  • Dr. Julie Robidart, National Oceanography Centre, UK
  • Ms. Robyn Mairin Samuel, Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, UK
  • Dr. Sophie Seeyave, Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), Plymouth, UK
  • Dr. Willie Wilson, Marine Biological Association, UK
  • Dr. Kevan Yamahara, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
Partners in the original OBON proposal are listed here:


  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d'Application en Télédétection (CURAT), Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Centro Oceanografico COPAS Sur-Austral, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
  • Dr.N.G.P Arts and Science College, India
  • Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific
  • Khulna University, Bangladesh
  • Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Aix-Marseille Univ, Univ of Toulon, CNRS, IRD, Marseille, France
  • National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
  • Nicholls State University, USA
  • Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia
  • Rutgers University’s Center of Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL), USA
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA
  • Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh
  • Stanford University, Department of Biology, USA
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (ICML), Mexico
  • Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • University of Algarve, Portugal
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Bordeaux, France
  • University of Calabar, Faculty of Oceanography (UNICAL), Nigeria
  • University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences, USA
  • University of Dar es Salaam, School of Aquatic Science and Fisheries Technology, Tanzania
  • University of Ghana, Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, Ghana
  • University of New Hampshire School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, USA
  • University of Pisa Department of Biology, Italy
  • University of the Ryukyus, Iriomote Station, Tropical Biosphere Research Center, Japan
  • University of Tasmania
Research Institutes:
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia
  • AZTI, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Spain
  • Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada
  • Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Bermuda
  • Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico
  • CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India
  • Department of Oceanography, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Italy
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Italy
  • European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC), France
  • Faroese Marine Research Institute, Faroe Islands
  • First Institute of Oceanography, China
  • Flanders Marine Institute – VLIZ, Belgium
  • Hakai Institute, Canada
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Greece
  • Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany
  • Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), France
  • Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin/Centre National de Données Océanographiques du Centre Béninois de la Recherche Scientifique et de l'Innovation (IRHOB/CNDO/CBRSI), Benin
  • Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers/Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (INSU/CNRS), France
  • Institute National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH), Morocco
  • Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Animal (CONICET-UNC), Argentina
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Australia
  • Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS), China
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras – INVEMAR, Colombia
  • Instituto do Mar (IMar, I.P), Cabo Verde
  • Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Spain
  • Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), Australia
  • Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), South Korea
  • Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences - CNRS/Universite du Littoral Cote d'Opale, France
  • Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE), Latvia
  • Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Germany
  • Marine Biological Association, UK
  • Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), USA
  • National Institute of Oceanography, India
  • National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Israel
  • National Ocean Technology Center (NOTC), China
  • Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, Nigeria
  • Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Norway
  • Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), Canada
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
  • Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), The Netherlands
  • Schmidt Ocean Institute, USA
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science, SAMS, UK
  • Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Department of Marine Zoology, Germany
  • South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
  • Station Biologique de Roscoff, CNRS and Sorbonne University, France
  • Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Research Programmes:

  • Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA), Marine Microbiome Roadmap Working Group
  • CSIRO, Environomics Future Science Platform, Australia
  • Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS)
  • EU project AtlantECO
  • European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS)
  • Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) of IOC-UNESCO, Biology and Ecosystems Panel
  • GLOMICON (Global Omic Observatory Network)
  • Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
  • MicroMacroSea project
  • Oceans & Atmosphere, CSIRO
  • Ocean Best Practices System
  • Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Pacific islands Marine bioinvasions Alert Network (PacMAN) (IOC-UNESCO project)
  • SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal
  • Scripps Ecological Observatory
  • Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS)
  • Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)
  • Tara Oceans Consortium
  • TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards)
  • US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

Government Agencies:

  • Bombay Natural History Society, Marine Conservation, India
  • British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), UK
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), India
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) IOC Project Office for IODE, Secretariat of the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS), Belgium,
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan
  • Marine Mammals & Biology Program, Office of Naval Research, USA
  • National Oceanography Centre, UK
  • Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), China
  • Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (SIO), China


  • European Network of Marine Stations - World Association of Marine Stations (MARS-WAMS)
  • Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC)
  • GEO Blue Planet
  • Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)
  • Reef Life Survey Foundation, Australia
  • REV Ocean
  • Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Working Group 157: MetaZooGene
  • Tara Ocean Foundation


  • Bureau Waardenburg B.V. North office, The Netherlands
  • E DNA Meio Ambiente, Brazil

Partnering Decade Programmes:

  • Decade Collaborative Center for the Northeast Pacific Ocean
  • EquiSea Proposal
  • Marine Life 2030: A Global Integrated Marine Biodiversity Information Management and Forecasting System for Sustainable Development and Conservation
  • OceanPractices
  • The Southern Ocean Regional Decade Program 
Partnering Decade Projects:
  • Mission Ocean Microbiomes (Tara Microbiomes)
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