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Next NOAA RESTORE Science Program Funding Opportunity: Long-term Trends

In about four weeks, the NOAA RESTORE Science Program plans to release its next funding opportunity. This competition will be the Science Program’s first dedicated to supporting integrated, long-term projects.

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.

Here are additional details…

Amount ~$15 million now for Years 1-5

~$15 million for project renewals for Years 6-10

Number of Awards ~6

The minimum individual award amount is approximately $500,000 over five years (an average of $100,000 per year).

The maximum individual award amount is approximately $7.5 million over five years (an average of $1.5 million per year).

Length of Awards All applications must be for 5 years

An additional 5 years may be funded for high performing projects

Priority and Areas of Emphasis 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.

Deadlines Pre-proposal (5 pages) due approximately end of July

***a pre-proposal is required***

Full applications due approximately end of October

Limit on Number of Pre-proposals and Full Applications Applicants may be investigators on no more than two (2) pre-proposals and subsequent full applications, and may only be the lead investigator on one (1) of them. Investigators, including the lead investigator, may change from a pre-proposal to the full application.
Eligible Applicants 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.

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.

Science Program funding opportunities may not be used to hire and fund the salaries of any permanent federal employees. Federal award recipients may use their funding to cover travel, equipment, supplies, and contractual personnel costs associated with the proposed work.

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.

Points of Contact Frank Parker
303-497-5698Julien Lartigue