FAQ – FFO-2015
What types of projects are eligible for funding under this federal funding opportunity?
This federal funding opportunity requests proposals that address the NOAA RESTORE Science Program’s short-term priorities:
- comprehensive inventory and assessment (i.e., strengths/weaknesses) of ongoing ecosystem modeling efforts (conceptual and quantitative)
- identification of currently available health/condition indicators of Gulf of Mexico ecosystem components, including humans, followed by comparative analysis of strengths and weaknesses and design/testing of additional indicators
- assessment of monitoring and observation needs and development of recommendations to build off existing assets to establish a Gulf wide monitoring and observation network
in three topical areas
- ecosystem and living marine resources management
- climate change and extreme weather impacts on sustainability of restoration
- integration of social/behavioral/economic science into restoration and management of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem).
Anyone interested in applying for funding should consult the full announcement for the federal funding opportunity for complete details.
How much funding is being made available in this federal funding opportunity? How many projects will be funded?
How many years of funding can be requested?
Is a letter of intent required? If so, when is it due?
When are full applications due?
How can I submitted a full application?
Full applications should be submitted electronically through grants.gov or sent in paper form to:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East West Highway
SSMC 4, Station 8219
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Who is eligible to apply?
Is there a separate competition for federal and non-federal proposals?
What criteria will be used to evaluate applications?
Proposals will be evaluated using the following five criteria:
- Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposed project to the program goal: This ascertains whether there is intrinsic value in the proposed work and/or relevance to NOAA, federal, regional, state, or local activities. For purposes of this competition, plans for preservation, documentation, sharing of data, multimedia and survey or data collections should be adequately and clearly outlined and this information will be used in the evaluation process. (30 percent)
- Technical/scientific merit: This assesses whether the approach is technically sound and/or innovative, if the methods are appropriate, and whether there are clear project goals and objectives. (30 percent)
- Overall qualifications of applicants: This ascertains whether the applicant possesses the necessary education, experience, training, facilities, and administrative resources to accomplish the project. This includes the capability of the investigator and collaborators to complete the proposed work as evidenced by past research accomplishments, previous cooperative work, timely communication, and the sharing of findings, data, and other research products. (15 percent)
- Project costs: The budget is evaluated to determine if it is realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time-frame. (10 percent)
- Outreach and education: NOAA assesses whether this project provides a focused and effective education and outreach strategy regarding NOAA’s mission to protect the Nation’s natural resources. For purposes of this competition, the applicant must demonstrate clear connections to relevant management and restoration entities that will use the results of the proposed work and define the specific products, outcomes, and timing of the proposed work that will be used in achieving this goal. (15 percent)
What type of review process will be used?
When will awards be made? When will projects be expected to start?
How will funding be distributed?
Why did the NOAA RESTORE Science Program announced this federal funding opportunity when it was still working on finalizing its science plan?
How is this competition different than the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program grants competition?
The first competition being run by the NOAA RESTORE Science Program (FFO-2015) does not address worker training in the offshore oil and gas or health care sectors nor the impact of oil and gas production and, as a result, there is no direct overlap between these two competitions. The NOAA RESTORE Science Program competition does invite applications that would assess our capacity to measure changes in ecosystem services and to use measures of ecosystem services to assess restoration and ecosystem sustainability. Work in this area would complement the ecosystem services work being invited by the Gulf Research Program and combined this research would provide a more comprehensive understanding of ecosystem services as a tool for both assessing the influence of oil and gas production on human health and as a tool for measuring ecosystem recovery and sustainability.
Who should I contact with additional questions?