Federal Funding Opportunity 2019 (FFO-2019)
UPDATE: On August 31, 2018 a response email was sent to the lead investigator for each pre-proposal that was submitted by the deadline.
The deadline (July 30, 2018) for submitting the required pre-proposal for this competition has passed. For those who submitted pre-proposals, the deadline for submitting a full application is now November 14, 2018 following the extension due to Hurricane Michael.
Overview of FFO-2019
FFO-2019 will support long term projects to investigate trends in living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them.
To receive funding, applicants will need to directly address the needs of resource managers and have a clear plan for how their research findings or products will be used by resource managers. Applicants are encouraged to include resource managers on their project teams.
This funding opportunity is an open competition. All applications will be evaluated and scored individually using an independent peer review process. This process is designed to identify the strongest applications based on the merit of the work being proposed.
This competition continues the Science Program´s commitment to producing timely and high-quality scientific findings and products to support the management and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including its fisheries.
The priority for this competition is identifying, tracking, understanding, and/or predicting trends and variability in the Gulf of Mexico´s living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them.
Applicants must propose work that addresses this priority in one or more of these areas of emphasis: 1) exploring trends in multiple species, 2) investigating the link between weather and/or climate and trends, 3) and examining the relationship between trends and economic activity.
- Exploring trends in multiple species may include, but is not limited to, the investigation of how the trends and variability in multiple species respond to the same driver, trends and variability in food web dynamics, or multi-species stock assessments.
- Investigating the link between weather and/or climate and trends may include, but is not limited to, the impact of hurricanes, precipitation events, winter storms, heat waves, drought, shifting temperature regimes, changes in sea level, and fluctuations in atmospheric or ocean circulation.
- Examining the relationship between trends and economic activity may include, but is not limited to changes in economic activity measured as expenditures and revenues; income and employment generated; direct, indirect, and induced economic output, and changes in economic value.
Amount of funding
NOAA is making approximately $15 million available now through this competition to fund approximately six projects for five years. An additional $15 million will be available for five year non-competitive renewals for high performing projects.
A pre-proposal is required for applying to this Announcement. The deadline for receipt of a pre-proposal for this Announcement is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on July 30, 2018. The deadline for receipt of full applications is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on November 14, 2018.
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Applications to this Announcement must contain 18 standard elements and may contain 2 optional elements. For an explanation of each element and detailed instructions on preparing an application please see the example application below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How important is it that I consider the needs of resource managers in developing my pre-proposal and application? Do I need to identify specific end users for the findings or products from my project and do they need to be on the project team?
Approximately $15 million is available through this competition to fund approximately six projects for five years. An additional $15 million will be available for five year renewals for high performing projects. For this competition, the minimum individual award amount is $500,000 over five years (an average of $100,000 per year) and the maximum individual award amount is $7.5 million over five years (an average of $1.5 million per year). See Section II.A. of the full announcement
How many years of funding can be requested? Will there be an option for additional funding after five years?
The Science Program will conduct two reviews of each funded project to determine if it is high performing and an invitation to submit a subsequent five-year non-competitive renewal application is warranted. One review conducted by a panel of researchers and resource managers will assess the quality and relevance of the research and its application. A second review will assess the programmatic, financial, and administrative performance of the project. Invitations to submit a non-competitive renewal application are at the sole discretion of the Science Program. See Section II.B. of the full announcement
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; non-profit institutions; local, state, and tribal governments; for-profit organizations; and US territories and federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to accept funding for this type of work.
Applicants from federal agencies are required to have a co-investigator from at least one non-NOAA entity and it is strongly encouraged that the co-investigator(s) be from a non-federal eligible entity.
Investigators are not required to be employed by an eligible entity that is based in one of the five Gulf of Mexico States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). However, investigators that are not employed by or associated with Gulf of Mexico-based eligible entities are strongly encouraged to collaborate with partners from Gulf of Mexico-based eligible entities. See Section III.A. of the full announcement
Is a project that proposes work in non-US waters of the Gulf of Mexico eligible for funding? Are projects in the broader Gulf (e.g Mexico, Cuba) eligible?
Is a letter of intent or pre-proposal required? Is there a template for pre-proposals? When are pre-proposals due and how do I submit?
What is the limit on the number of pre-proposals and full applications an individual may be associated with?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their full applications electronically through www.grants.gov. If the use of Grants.gov is not feasible, an applicant is concerned about possible problems associated with the Grants.gov system, or Grants.gov is unable to accept a full application electronically in a timely fashion, an applicant may submit a paper copy of their application to:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East West Highway
SSMC 4, Station 8219
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Associate Director and federal program officer
Grants Administration Information:
NCCOS Grants Administrator
1305 East West Hwy
SSMC 4, Station 8219
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Data Management Information:
NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Indirect or Facilities and Administrative Costs Information:
NOAA Grants Management Division
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910