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

Details202020212022
Funding Opportunity NamePlanning for Actionable ScienceActionable Science
Amount~ $2.5 million ($25,000 – $125,000 per award)~ $15 million
Length of Awards1 year or less3 to 4 years
Expected Number of Awards2010
Release DateAugust 2020late summer or early fall 2022
Letter of Intent RequiredYY
Letter of Intent Deadlineend of September 2020TBD
Full Proposal Deadlinemid-December 2020TBD
TopicScope and design a research project that informs a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decisionExecute and apply science that informs a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision
Additional InformationWebsite
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NAS Gulf Research Program

Details202020212022
Funding Opportunity NameEarly-Career Research FellowshipsEarly-Career Research Fellowships
Amount$76,000 per award$76,000 per award
Length of Awards2 years2 years
Expected Number of Awards2020
Release DateEarly December, 2019Early December, 2020
Letter of Intent RequiredNN
Letter of Intent DeadlineN/AN/A
Full Proposal Deadlinemid-February 2020mid-February 2021
TopicGrants to early-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals working on issues related to healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, or safer offshore energy systemsGrants to early-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals working on issues related to healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, or safer offshore energy systems
Additional InformationWebsiteWebsite

NAS Gulf Research Program

Details202020212022
Funding Opportunity NameScience Policy FellowshipScience Policy Fellowship
Amount$55,000 – $60,000 per award$55,000 – $60,000 per award
Length of Awards1 year1 year
Expected Number of Awards1010
Release DateEarly December, 2019Early December, 2020
Letter of Intent RequiredNN
Letter of Intent DeadlineN/AN/A
Full Proposal DeadlineEarly March, 2020Early March, 2021
TopicFellows 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 InformationWebsiteWebsite

NAS Gulf Research Program

Details202020212022
Funding Opportunity NameChristine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship ProgramChristine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Amount$8,500$8,500
Length of Awards12 weeks12 weeks
Expected Number of Awards11
Release DateMay 2020May 2021
Letter of Intent RequiredNN
Letter of Intent DeadlineN/AN/A
Full Proposal DeadlineSeptember 2020September 2021
TopicExperience working with Gulf Research Program staff in Washington, DC, for doctoral students and early-career scientists interested in the science-policy interfaceExperience working with Gulf Research Program staff in Washington, DC, for doctoral students and early-career scientists interested in the science-policy interface
Additional InformationWebsiteWebsite

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

Details202020212022
Funding Opportunity NameTBD
Amount~$3M
Length of Awards2-3 years
Expected Number of Awards6-8
Release DateJanuary 21
Letter of Intent RequiredMost likely
Letter of Intent DeadlineTBD
Full Proposal DeadlineTBD
TopicTBD
Additional InformationThe 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

Details202020212022
Funding Opportunity NameRESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant ProgramsRESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant ProgramsRESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grant Programs
AmountAmounts currently available in the Trust FundAmounts currently available in the Trust FundTBD
Length of Awards1 – 5 years1 – 5 years1 – 5 years
Expected Number of AwardsRolling basisRolling basisRolling basis
Release DateNovember 16, 2018TBDTBD
Letter of Intent RequiredN/AN/AN/A
Letter of Intent DeadlineN/AN/AN/A
Full Proposal DeadlineFOA extended to December 31, 2019TBDTBD
TopicRESTORE Act Centers of ExcellenceRESTORE Act Centers of ExcellenceRESTORE Act Centers of Excellence
Additional InformationWebsite