Next NOAA RESTORE Science Program Funding Opportunity: Planning for Actionable Science

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program plans to release its next funding opportunity in August 2020. This competition will provide natural resource managers, researchers, and other stakeholders with funding to plan a research project that informs a specific management decision impacting natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico.

While we recognize that partnership building and planning are often most productive when done face-to-face, this is a unique time. We are confident that the community will develop innovative and safe approaches consistent with public health guidelines in support of this funding opportunity.   

Here are additional details…


~ $2.5 million

Number of Awards

~ 20

The minimum and maximum individual award amount is 

approximately $25,000 and $125,000, respectively.

Length of Awards

Proposals must be for 12 months or less


This announcement invites proposals that request funding to scope and design a research project that informs a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision.


A letter of intent (1 page) is required for each proposal. It will be due about seven weeks after the full announcement for the competition is publicly released.

A full proposal will be due about seven weeks after the Science Program provides feedback on the letter of intent.

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.

At least one natural resource manager must either lead or be on the project team

Science Program funding opportunities may not be used to hire and fund the salaries of 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

Julien Lartigue


Frank Parker