Funding Opportunities 2019 – 2021

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 January 2019. Additional opportunities and details may be released as funding programs develop and finalize their funding opportunities, especially for years 2020 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 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name FFO-2021
Amount ~$6.75M total
Length of Awards 2-3 years
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date TBD
Letter of Intent Required Y
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic TBD
Additional Information TBD



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name Early-Career Research Fellowships Early-Career Research Fellowships Early-Career Research Fellowships
Amount $76,000 per award $76,000 per award $76,000 per award
Length of Awards 2 years 2 years 2 years
Expected Number of Awards 20 20 20
Release Date December 3, 2018 Early December, 2019 Early December, 2020
Letter of Intent Required N N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline February 20, 2019 mid-February 2020 mid-February 2021
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 Grants to early-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals working on issues related to healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, or safer offshore energy systems
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NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name Science Policy Fellowship Science Policy Fellowship Science Policy Fellowship
Amount $45,000 – $55,000 per award $45,000 – $55,000 per award $45,000 – $55,000 per award
Length of Awards 1 year 1 year 1 year
Expected Number of Awards 10 10 10
Release Date December 3, 2018 Early December, 2019 Early December, 2020
Letter of Intent Required N N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline March 6, 2019 Early March, 2020 Early March, 2021
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. 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.
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NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Amount $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Length of Awards 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks
Expected Number of Awards 1 1 1
Release Date May 2019 May 2020 May 2021
Letter of Intent Required N N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline September 2019 September 2020 September 2021
Topic Experience working with Gulf Research Program staff in Washington, DC, for doctoral students and early-career scientists interested in the science-policy interface Experience working with Gulf Research Program staff in Washington, DC, for doctoral students and early-career scientists interested in the science-policy interface Experience working with Gulf Research Program staff in Washington, DC, for doctoral students and early-career scientists interested in the science-policy interface
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NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name Healthy Ecosystems Grants 4
Amount TBD
Length of Awards TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date Winter/Spring 2019
Letter of Intent Required Y
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic TBD
Additional Information



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems 2
Amount TBD
Length of Awards TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date TBD
Letter of Intent Required TBD
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic TBD
Additional Information TBD



NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2019 2020 2021
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
Additional Information TBD



Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

The Council will fund and implement projects and programs through its eleven State and Federal Members. The Council will be soliciting proposals from its Members in 2019 as it develops the next Funded Priorities List (FPL) for approval in 2020. Individual Council Members may solicit projects and/or programs from any entity and the general public to submit to the Council for consideration.

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.

Opportunities for public engagement with Council-led activities can be found on the website. Subscribe to receive RESTORE EBlast email updates for the most current news from 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 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name RFP III
Amount $2,000,000
Length of Awards 3 years
Expected Number of Awards 4-5
Release Date January 7, 2019
Letter of Intent Required Y
Letter of Intent Deadline February 8, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline April 8, 2019
Topic Marine wildlife, benthic mapping, estuary assessment
Additional Information Website



RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Texas, Texas OneGulf

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence
Amount $750,000.00 each year
Length of Awards 1-2 years (typically 1)
Expected Number of Awards 1 large award with subs
Release Date TBD (likely April/May each year)
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline Typically 4-6 weeks after RFP release
Topic Will center on an area of the Center’s Strategic Goals.
Strategic Goal 1: Improve understanding of the Gulf of Mexico as a large marine ecosystem; Strategic Goal 2: Improve understanding of the connections between environmental and human health to benefit both.
Additional Information RFPs may support any of the 5 RESTORE Disciplines, but most generally fall under: 1) Foster coastal sustainability, restoration and protection; or 4) Support sustainable and resilient growth, economic and commercial development. Additional information available at texasonegulf.org



Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE)

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name MBRACE Competitive Research Program
Amount TBD
Length of Awards TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Release Date TBD
Letter of Intent Required TBD
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic TBD
Additional Information RFP will be posted on the MBRACE website



Treasury Department’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration

Details 2019 2020 2021
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 defined in the RESTORE Act (States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; 20 Louisiana parishes, and 23 Florida counties)
Release Date November 16, 2018
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline August 30, 2019
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.
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Treasury Department’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration

Details 2019 2020 2021
Funding Opportunity Name RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant Programs
Amount depends on the Trust Fund balance
Length of Awards 1 – 5 years
Expected Number of Awards TBD; 5 eligible applicant entities. Only the following entities may apply for funding under this
announcement:

  1. The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council or such administrative agent as it may designate
  2. The Florida Institute of Oceanography
  3. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board of Louisiana, through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (pursuant to 31 CFR 34.702)
  4. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  5. The Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, or an appointee of the Office of the Governor
Release Date November 16, 2018
Letter of Intent Required N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A
Full Proposal Deadline August 30, 2019
Topic Funds may be used to establish Centers of Excellence, and by those Centers of Excellence for science, technology, and monitoring in one or more of the following disciplines:

  1. Coastal and deltaic sustainability, restoration, and protection, including solutions and technology that allow citizens to live in a safe and sustainable manner in a coastal delta in the Gulf Coast Region.
  2. Coastal fisheries and wildlife ecosystem research and monitoring in the Gulf Coast Region.
  3. Offshore energy development, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
  4. Sustainable and resilient growth, economic and commercial development in the Gulf Coast Region.
  5. Comprehensive observation, monitoring, and mapping of the Gulf of Mexico. Eligible applicants issuing subawards to Center(s) of Excellence must establish and implement a program to monitor compliance with its subaward agreements.
Additional Information Website