Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; Gulf Research Program -Safer Offshore Energy Systems

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program (GRP) seeks to reduce systemic risk in offshore energy industries in the Gulf of Mexico through supporting impactful and applied research. This funding opportunity will support projects that address future needs of Safety Management Systems (SMS) in an evolving offshore energy safety environment. Projects should inform and improve the application and adoption of SMS and safety culture for the reduction of risks in offshore energy exploration, production and transportation in the Gulf of Mexico.  The GRP is particularly interested in study designs that enable outcomes that can be utilized by Gulf offshore energy stakeholders (e.g. intervention study that tests the efficacy of a modification and its impact on safety outcomes; modelling studies with resulting recommendations, etc.) as they relate to evolution of safety management systems and enhancing safety culture across offshore energy industries.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration – Infrastructure and Jobs Investment Act

NOAA has announced  funding opportunities from NOAA’s $2.96 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to address the climate crisis and strengthen coastal resilience and infrastructure. Over the next five years, NOAA’s targeted investments in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and climate data and services will advance ongoing federal efforts toward building climate resilience. NOAA will select high-impact projects that will incentivize investments in communities, states, and regions that can drive additional funding to complementary projects. Funded projects will support three major initiatives:

  • Climate Ready Coasts will help coastal communities build the future they want to see, investing in natural infrastructure projects that build coastal resilience, create jobs, store carbon, remove marine debris, and restore habitat.
  • Climate Data and Services will support a whole-of-government effort to address the climate crisis by getting critical information and tools in the hands of decision-makers, particularly to address floods, wildfire, drought, and ocean health.
  • Fisheries and Protected Resources will advance efforts to restore important fisheries habitat and promote community economic development.
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National Oceanographic 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:

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.

Gulf Research Program – Safer Offshore Energy Systems Grant

The Safer Offshore Energy Systems (SOES) Initiative is a grant program managed by the Gulf Offshore Energy Safety Board (GOES) focused on reducing systemic risk related to energy production and transportation in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). For this upcoming SOES application cycle, the GRP seeks to support research that will address future needs of Safety and Management Systems and inherent safety culture requirements in an evolving offshore safety environment.

Restore America’s Estuaries – 2023 NEP Watershed Grants RFP

The National Estuary Program (NEP) Watersheds Grant (WG) Program is a nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent, emerging, and challenging issues threatening the well-being of estuaries within the 28 NEP location boundary areas. Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) will be administering the NEP WG Program in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a pass-through entity with funding provided under Cooperative Agreement 84044301. Grant agreements under this Request for Proposals (RFP) will be “subawards” for the purposes of 2 CFR 200. RAE will establish and manage the subawards in compliance with 2 CFR 200.331 and the terms of EPA Cooperative Agreement 84044301. Projects must occur in their entirety within one or more of the 28 NEP areas. See for an interactive map. Efforts adjacent to, upstream of, or as a tributary to waterbodies to these areas will not be funded. Projects occurring outside of these areas will not be considered, nor will the geographic boundaries change. Supporting activities, such as laboratory analysis, may occur outside of the NEP areas but all fieldwork and anticipated ecosystem improvements must occur within them.

Restore America’s Estuaries – 2023 CITGO Caring for our Coasts Gulf Region Grants Program

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is excited to again partner with CITGO to provide grants to organizations and groups in the Gulf of Mexico region interested in hosting volunteer-based clean-up, conservation, or restoration events to protect and enhance the Gulf’s coasts and waters. These grants are intended to provide groups with funding to host new events, or to increase the impact of alreadyplanned events, aimed at engaging Gulf-region communities in the protection of their local natural resources. Funds should be used to support event activities; for example, to purchase trash bags and gloves for a shoreline cleanup or to purchase plants and tools for a restoration event. Funds may not be used for political lobbying or otherwise attempting to influence legislation or specific elections, fundraising, budget shortfalls, general operating costs, scholarships or grants to individuals, or any other purpose beyond the scope of this request for proposals.

Texas Sea Grant Request for Proposals – 2024-2026

Texas Sea Grant periodically seeks proposals from investigators at ALL Texas universities and colleges. Others eligible include: nonprofit, non-academic institutions; for-profit organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and unaffiliated persons. Awards will support outcome-oriented research that spans broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering; will improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas’ coastal and marine resources; and will generate substantial social, economic and environmental impacts in Texas. The Request for Proposals is now open please access here: Texas Sea Grant RFP 2024-2026 Please review the Texas Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2024-2027 upon which, the RFP is based.

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASCG) – 2024-2025

MASGC will be funding one- or two-year research projects for 2024-2025 to address coastal issues in Alabama and Mississippi through translational and innovative research. MASGC invites research pre-proposals that are highly integrated, multidisciplinary and address one or more of the priorities identified in this request. Investigators who submit pre-proposals will be eligible to submit full proposals. Projects are scheduled to begin on February 1, 2024, or when federal funding is made available for awards. Annual reports will be required for funded projects. More information about this funding opportunity is available at:

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.