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Coming Next Week: Long-Term Trends Funding Opportunity

A cubera snapper swimming above a coral reef, underneath a school of small fish.
Photo credit: Caitlin Langwiser

Next week, the NOAA RESTORE Science Program plans to release its next funding opportunity to support projects that will contribute to our knowledge of long-term trends in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. 

This funding announcement will invite proposals that plan to identify, track, understand, or predict trends and variability in the Gulf of Mexico’s natural resources and the abiotic and biotic factors driving those trends. Applicants are required to form a team of researchers, resource managers, and other interested parties focused on the selected natural resource(s) they intend to investigate. 

The Science Program plans to make approximately $17.5 million available for this competition to fund approximately six projects that will run for five years with the option for a five-year, non-competitive renewal award for high-performing projects. 

This opportunity is open to institutions of higher education; non-profit institutions; local, state, and tribal governments; for-profit organizations; and U.S. territories and federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to accept funding for this type of work. The lead applicant must be from a U.S.-based entity. At least one natural resource manager must either lead or be on the project team. A letter of participation from the resource management agency is required. 

Planning to Apply:

A letter of intent (3-page maximum) will be required for each proposal. It will be due about eight weeks after the full announcement for the competition is publicly released. A full proposal will be due about nine weeks after the Science Program provides feedback on the letter of intent.

Informational Webinars Start Next Week:

The Science Program will hold two webinars to clarify the application process and answer questions. Register at the links below to attend. Webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the funding opportunity website. 

Please email with any questions that arise before then.