What types of projects are eligible for funding?
Can I apply to both the research and decision-support tool priority in a single application?
How important is it that I consider the needs of resource managers in developing my proposal? Does an end user for my findings or decision-support tool need to be on the project team?
How much funding is available? How many projects will be funded?
How many years of funding can be requested?
Who is eligible to receive funding?
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; non-profit institutions; state, local, and tribal governments; for-profit organizations; and US territories that possess the statutory authority to accept funding for this type of research.
Federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to accept funding for this type of research may also apply. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to collaborate with partners from a non-federal eligible entity, in which case the federal agency would be collaborators in a multi-institutional submission.
Principal 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, Texas); however, principle investigators that are not from Gulf of Mexico-based eligible entities are encouraged to collaborate with partners from a Gulf of Mexico-based eligible entity. Foreign researchers may apply as sub-awards through an eligible US entity.
Is there a separate competition for federal and non-federal proposals?
Is a letter of intent required? If so, when is it due and how do I submit it?
When are full applications due, and how can I submit a full application?
The deadline for receipt of full applications is 11:59 a.m., Eastern Time on September 27, 2016. 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 an 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
Do I need a data management plan?
How does the Science Program define data sets with respect to the instruction that all biographical sketches include “a list of up to five archived data sets most closely related to the proposed project and five other significant archived data sets” (Section IV.B.3 of funding announcement)?
For the purpose of this funding opportunity, the Science Program defines a data set as the collection of environmental data from a previously funded project (grant, cooperative agreement, or contract). The purpose of this requirement is to assess whether applicants can demonstrate that they have experience with archiving environmental data derived from previously funded projects.
According to NOAA’s new data management policy, effective June 1, 2016, environmental data is defined as recorded and derived observations and measurements of the physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical properties and conditions of the oceans, atmosphere, space environment, sun, and solid earth, as well as correlative data such as socio-economic data, related documentation, and metadata. Digital audio or video recordings of environmental phenomena (such as animal sounds or undersea video) are included in this definition. Numerical model outputs are included in this definition, particularly if they are used to support the conclusion of a peer-reviewed publication. Data collected in a laboratory or other controlled environment, such as measurements of animals and chemical processes, are included in this definition ( NOAA Administrative Order 212-15: Management of Environmental Data and Information).
What type of review process will be used?
The Science Program will conduct a review of each letter of intent to determine whether it is responsive to the announcement. Emails to applicants encouraging or discouraging a full application are scheduled to be sent out three weeks after the LOI due date.
Full applications that pass an initial administrative review will undergo an independent peer mail review and/or independent peer panel review in which each proposal will be evaluated and scored individually by at least three professionally and technically qualified reviewers with expertise in the subjects addressed by particular applications. Following the merit peer-review process, applicants recommended for funding may be asked to modify work plans or budgets, and provide supplemental information required by the agency.
What criteria will be used to evaluate applications?
When will awards be made? When will projects be expected to start?
How will funding be distributed?
Can Science Program funds be used to support ongoing or planning NOAA projects?
Who should I contact to address any additional questions?
NCCOS Grants Coordinator