Funding Opportunities 2018 – 2019

The science and restoration programs working in the Gulf of Mexico understand the need for stakeholders to remain informed of future funding opportunities in the region. To this end, they have collectively developed a calendar consolidating currently planned funding opportunities in order to keep stakeholders informed and help grant applicants plan ahead and submit their high-quality applications to the appropriate funding opportunity.

This calendar only contains information on currently planned future opportunities as of February 2018. Additional opportunities and details may be released as funding programs develop and finalize their funding opportunities, especially for years 2019 and beyond. The calendar only includes a subset of programs in the Gulf region that have received funding as a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Download a printable calendar or click on one of the opportunities below to view additional information.

Funding Calendar

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NOAA RESTORE Science Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name FFO-2019
Amount ~$15 Million
Length of Awards 5 years with possible 5 year renewal
Expected Number of Awards ~6
Release Date May/June 2018
Letter of Intent Required Y
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic Trends in living coastal and marine resources with an emphasis on interactions among multiple species, impacts of weather events or climate, and/or economic activity



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Early-Career Research Fellowships Early-Career Research Fellowships
Amount $76,000 per award $76,000 per award
Length of Awards 2 years 2 years
Expected Number of Awards 20 20
Release Date December 1, 2017 early December 2018
Letter of Intent Required N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline February 21, 2018 mid-February 2019
Topic Grants to early-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals working on issues related to healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, or safer offshore energy systems Grants to early-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals working on issues related to healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, or safer offshore energy systems
Additional Information Website Website



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Science Policy Fellowship Science Policy Fellowship
Amount $45,000 – $55,000 per award $45,000 – $55,000 per award
Length of Awards 1 year 1 year
Expected Number of Awards 10 10
Release Date December 1, 2017 early December 2018
Letter of Intent Required N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline March 14, 2018 mid-March 2019
Topic Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region. Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Additional Information Website Website



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Capacity Building 2 Capacity Building 3
Amount $3 Million TBD
Length of Awards Two years TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD TBD
Release Date December 13, 2017 late 2018
Letter of Intent Required Y Y
Letter of Intent Deadline February 14, 2018 TBD
Full Proposal Deadline April 11, 2018 TBD
Topic Advancing Scientific and Environmental Literacy in Children and Youth Enhancing Community Networks that Improve Coastal Environments, Health, and Well-being
Additional Information Website Website



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants
Amount $2 Million
Length of Awards One year
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date November 6, 2017
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline Cycle 1- January 3, 2018; Cycle 2- February 28, 2018
Topic To help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, and/or other research materials damaged or lost due to the hurricanes and their aftermaths
Additional Information Website



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Amount $8,500
Length of Awards 12 weeks
Expected Number of Awards 1
Release Date May 2018
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline September 2018
Topic Experience working with Gulf Research Program staff in Washington, DC, for doctoral students and early-career scientists interested in the science-policy interface
Additional Information Website



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems 1 Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems 2
Amount TBD TBD
Length of Awards TBD TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD TBD
Release Date Winter 2018 TBD
Letter of Intent Required N TBD
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD TBD
Topic Studies and Observations to Inform Loop Current Campaign TBD



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Thriving Communities 5
Amount TBD
Length of Awards TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date Winter 2018
Letter of Intent Required Y
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience and Well-being in the Gulf of Mexico Region



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Healthy Ecosystems 5
Amount TBD
Length of Awards TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date TBD
Letter of Intent Required Y
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic TBD



Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

The Council will fund and implement projects and programs through its Members. The Council will periodically request proposals from its eleven State and Federal Members. Individual Council Members may solicit projects and/or programs from any entity and the general public to submit to the Council for consideration. The Council provides opportunities for the public to offer ecosystem restoration ideas through periodic public engagement opportunities that can be found on the website.

Each state has established their own website to describe the process established to identify priority projects, and for the public to submit projects for funding under various programs, including the Council.



National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

NFWF anticipates carrying out one project selection cycle per year. NFWF will begin the project review process each spring through intense consultation with state and federal resource agencies. NFWF will consult with state natural resource agencies, NOAA, US FWS to identify projects to that meet conditions of the plea agreement to be supported by the fund. NFWF retains sole authority to make final decisions.

Each state has established their own website to describe the process established to identify priority projects, and for the public to submit projects for funding under various programs, including the NFWF.



Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council

The NRDA Trustee Council will implement restoration projects and monitoring and adaptive management projects through Restoration Plans developed and funded by the Trustee Implementation Groups (TIGs). Additionally, strategic restoration planning and programmatic monitoring and adaptive management activities may be funded by the TIGs through TIG resolutions. Each of the TIGs provides opportunities for the public to offer restoration project ideas through the Trustee Council project idea submission database as well as through project idea submission databases run by each of the five Gulf States:



Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name RFP III
Amount $3,000,000
Length of Awards 3-5 years
Expected Number of Awards 5-10
Release Date Late 2018/Early 2019
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline Early 2019
Topic TBD
Additional Information Coming soon



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name United States Standard Grant
Amount Up to $1 Million
Length of Awards variable
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline Cycle 1- February 23, 2018; Cycle 2- July 13, 2018
Topic The North American Wetlands
Conservation Act of 1989 provides
matching grants to organizations and
partnerships to carry out wetlands
conservation projects in the United
States
Additional Information Website



RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Texas, Texas OneGulf

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name Disaster Research Response and Recovery Capacity
Amount $600,000-$800,000
Length of Awards to August 2019
Expected Number of Awards 1
Release Date Feb/March 2018
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic Texas OneGulf seeks assistance from an eligible team with expertise in natural and man-made disaster-related policy and planning, environmental health, public health, and socioeconomic impacts to facilitate a risk assessment-based process that helps Texas communities respond to and recover from recent disasters, and prepare for anticipated future events.
Additional Information Website



Treasury Department’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration

Details 2018 2019
Funding Opportunity Name RESTORE Act Direct Component – Non‐Construction Activities and RESTORE Act Direct Component – Construction and Real Property Acquisition Activities
Amount depends on the Trust Fund balance
Length of Awards 1 – 5 years
Expected Number of Awards TBD; 47 eligible applicant entities
Release Date January 17, 2018 through June 29, 2018
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline None
Full Proposal Deadline None
Topic Eligible activities described in the RESTORE Act.

  1. Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region.
  2. Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife and natural resources.
  3. Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring.Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring.
  4. Workforce development and job creation.
  5. Improvements to or on State parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  6. Infrastructure projects benefiting the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure.
  7. Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure.
  8. Planning assistance.
  9. Administrative costs.
  10. Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast region, including recreational fishing.
  11. Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast region.
Additional Information Website