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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restore Program – Long Term Trends in the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem

This funding opportunity  is designed to support projects that will contribute to our knowledge of the trends and variability in the Gulf of Mexico’s natural resources, and the associated dynamics of abiotic and biotic factors driving those trends. Projects should meet the needs of the end user community with a focus on improving our ability to manage natural resources. Applicants must clearly state the targeted natural resources and area(s) of emphasis (see below) for their project and clearly identify the resource management entities and any interested parties with whom they plan to work. This funding opportunity is an open competition. All proposals will be evaluated and scored individually using an independent peer-review process. This process is designed to identify the strongest proposals based on the merit of the work being proposed. Priorities include climate change, water quality and quantity and fish, fisheries and fishing communities.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) is seeking proposals from nonprofit and community based organizations with 501(c)(3) status that have existing environmental justice (EJ) programs to cultivate the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) leaders (grades 9-12) in the field of environmental justice who will be needed to confront the complex challenges to human health and the environment in the 21st century.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program (GRP) aims to increase the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of youth in the Gulf of Mexico region. This funding opportunity will support the next generation of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) leaders in the field of environmental justice (EJ) who will be needed to confront the complex challenges to human health and the environment in the 21st century.

Specifically, the GRP is seeking proposals that provide youth with opportunities to learn about and apply STEMM in the exploration and examination of environmental hazards and their effects on the health and resilience of communities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. The GRP will accept proposals from nonprofits and community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status, which provide environmental justice programs for youth in grades 9-12. In order to best serve the youth of the region, the GRP aims to limit the overhead charges on educational grants. As such, overhead charges for this grant opportunity cannot exceed a total of 20%. This limit also applies to subawardee budgets.

A total of $4M is available for this funding opportunity, with the number of proposals being funded dependent on the quality and quantity of applications. Applicants must request at least $75,000 for projects, commensurate with the scope of work, that are up to 24 months in duration. The majority of the available funds will support projects that are less than $500,000, and the remainder will support projects between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Applicants that request between $500,000 and $1,000,000 will be subject to an additional Merit Review Criterion and should focus on more transformative projects that have the potential to impact a larger number of students, teachers, classes, school districts, and/or communities.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Early Career Research Fellowship

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. An award of $76,000 is paid to each fellow’s institution in the form of a two-year grant. Potential fellows must ensure compliance with their institution’s requirements for applications for external funding. Funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges. Detailed information can be found in the Early-Career Research Fellowship sample grant agreement for public and private institutions.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences – Sea Grant

Sea Grant provides a variety of funding opportunities based on its work in four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. Funding opportunities include National Strategic Investments, Special Projects, focused opportunities through each of the 34 Sea Grant programs, and more. Sea Grant Programs should see Inside Sea Grant for forms and additional guidance where applicable. Questions about funding opportunities should be directed to

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration –  FY 2024 National Aquaculture Initiative

The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2020, Public Law 116-221) to support leveraged federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities. Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates $5,000,000 to $6,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine methods, protocols, techniques, and/or strategies to enhance the production (e.g. performance, growth, survival, yield) of one or more life stages of aquaculture species (described below) with the overall goal of improving the efficiency, output, and profitability of commercial coastal, marine, or Great Lakes region aquaculture businesses. Successful proposals will address topical needs (described below) and integrate research and extension. Proposals are sought that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address issues and/or barriers to aquaculture production; make that information available to aquaculture businesses; and preferably include participation and involvement of Sea Grant extension personnel and industry stakeholders. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.This opportunity is open to: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use, nor can the value of such assets be used as match. This document sets out requirements for submitting to NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-24677.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Translating Coastal Research into Application

The U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is a multi-agency led effort to coordinate Federal activities, strengthen academic programs, and address coastal community needs. Past USCRP opportunities have funded university researchers across the U.S. to tackle coastal science and engineering questions in a variety of environments along all of the nation’s coastlines. The goal of the USCRP is to build a community of practice to address societal needs along the coast. USCRP is a collaboration of Federal agencies, academics, and stakeholders that aims to identify research priorities, enhance funding for coastal academic programs, foster collaboration, and promote science translation. It is anticipated that approximately $4,000,000 will be available to move research project findings detailed in The Nearshore Report ( toward application through service delivery that integrates research, its application, and community engagement in three thematic program areas of (1) long-term coastal evolution, (2) extreme Notice of Federal Funding Page 2 of 24 storms, and (3) human and ecosystem health. Developing and delivering actionable scientific information to users on the related themes requires integration of a broad range of stakeholder needs and coastal science. The USCRP Story Map highlights research that has been funded by the program:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: America the Beautiful Conservation Initiative

The U.S. Department of Commerce unveiled a $2.6 billion framework to invest in coastal resilience through President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). As part of the President’s Investing in America Agenda this initiative will support communities and people on the frontlines of climate change, dedicating nearly $400 million specifically for Tribal priorities and benefiting coastal and Great Lakes communities nationwide with an emphasis on environmental justice. Additional investments from the IRA will improve weather and climate data and services, support the Biden-Harris Administration’s America the Beautiful conservation initiative and strengthen NOAA’s fleet of research airplanes and ships that are used to study and collect data about the ocean and atmosphere.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Services – NOAA Planet Stewards

NOAA Planet Stewards provides all educators working with elementary through college-aged students access to opportunities and resources enabling them to build up scientifically literate individuals and communities, and preparing them to respond to environmental challenges. NOAA Planet Stewards also supports educators’ efforts to implement hands-on action-based projects that conserve, restore, and protect human communities and natural resources from environmental challenges. Through federal funding opportunities of up to $5,000, NOAA Planet Stewards supports educators in the implementation of hands-on action-based projects that conserve, restore, and/or protect human communities and/or natural resources from environmental challenges.Through federal funding opportunities of up to $5,000, NOAA Planet Stewards supports educators in the implementation of hands-on action-based projects that conserve, restore, and/or protect human communities and/or natural resources from environmental challenges. All educators (formal and informal) requesting support from NOAA Planet Stewards must submit a formal stewardship project proposal and supporting documents by midnight (Pacific Time) June 2, 2024. If approved, educators may use the funding to carry out their project during the following academic year.

United States Department of Agriculture – Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research

The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints. Over the long term, results of projects supported by this program may help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for U.S.-produced grain products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America. The Aquaculture Research program will fund projects that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on one or more of the following program priorities: (1) genetics of commercial aquaculture species; (2) critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species; (3) design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems; and (4) economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability. The technical assistance webinar related to this FY 2024 funding opportunity will be scheduled soon. Please visit again for more information.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance

GOMA offers a comprehensive listing of funding opportunities related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, as well as other funding opportunities in the Gulf.