Funding Opportunities 2020 – 2022

The science and restoration programs working in the Gulf of Mexico understand the need for stakeholders to remain informed of future funding opportunities. 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 2020. Additional opportunities and details may be released as funding programs develop and finalize their funding opportunities, especially for years 2021 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.

NOAA RESTORE Science Program

Details 2020 2021 2022
Funding Opportunity Name Planning for Actionable Science Actionable Science
Amount ~ $2.5 million ($25,000 – $125,000 per award) ~ $15 million
Length of Awards 1 year or less 3 to 4 years
Expected Number of Awards 20 10
Release Date August 2020 late summer or early fall 2022
Letter of Intent Required Y Y
Letter of Intent Deadline end of September 2020 TBD
Full Proposal Deadline mid-December 2020 TBD
Topic Scope and design a research project that informs a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision Execute and apply science that informs a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision
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NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2020 2021 2022
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 Early December, 2019 Early December, 2020
Letter of Intent Required N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline 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
Additional Information Website Website

NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2020 2021 2022
Funding Opportunity Name Science Policy Fellowship Science Policy Fellowship
Amount $55,000 – $60,000 per award $55,000 – $60,000 per award
Length of Awards 1 year 1 year
Expected Number of Awards 10 10
Release Date Early December, 2019 Early December, 2020
Letter of Intent Required N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline 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.
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NAS Gulf Research Program

Details 2020 2021 2022
Funding Opportunity Name Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Amount $8,500 $8,500
Length of Awards 12 weeks 12 weeks
Expected Number of Awards 1 1
Release Date May 2020 May 2021
Letter of Intent Required N N
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline 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
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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 2020 2021 2022
Funding Opportunity Name TBD
Amount ~$3M
Length of Awards 2-3 years
Expected Number of Awards 6-8
Release Date January 21
Letter of Intent Required Most likely
Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Full Proposal Deadline TBD
Topic TBD
Additional Information The Program Management Team will determine the topic and timeline summer 2020.

Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE)

The Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence anticipates releasing a competition in 2021 or 2022. The specific details for this competition have not been determined yet. You can find more information on our website.

RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana (LA-COE)

The Louisiana Center of Excellence anticipates releasing an RFP in late 2020. The specific details for this competition have not been determined yet, but more information and the details on releases can be found here.

RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Texas, Texas OneGulf

Texas OneGulf’s application to continue as a Center of Excellence is currently under review. Should the application be approved, the Center expects to fund its next round of projects in FY 2021. Please contact Dr. Wowk for more information, or visit the website

Treasury Department's Office of Gulf Coast Restoration

Details 2020 2021 2022
Funding Opportunity Name RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant Programs RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant Programs RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant Programs
Amount Amounts currently available in the Trust Fund Amounts currently available in the Trust Fund TBD
Length of Awards 1 – 5 years 1 – 5 years 1 – 5 years
Expected Number of Awards Rolling basis Rolling basis Rolling basis
Release Date November 16, 2018 TBD TBD
Letter of Intent Required N/A N/A N/A
Letter of Intent Deadline N/A N/A N/A
Full Proposal Deadline FOA extended to December 31, 2019 TBD TBD
Topic RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence
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