Funding Opportunities

USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers

The regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) are excited to announce a funding opportunity for FY 2022. The regional CASCs plan to award nearly $10 million for scientific research to address high-priority natural or cultural resource management issues that can benefit from climate-informed planning and adaptation management. Statements of Interest (SOIs) for projects to be initiated in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 are being accepted for the Alaska, Midwest, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Pacific Islands, South Central, Southeast, and Southwest regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). Solicited projects should address high-priority natural or cultural resource management issues that can benefit from climate-informed planning and adaptation management.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

Natural habitat such as coastal marshes and wetlands, coastal forests, rivers, lakes, and streams, dune and beach systems, and oyster and coral reefs — maintained at a significant size for the habitat type and natural hazard being addressed — can provide communities with enhanced protection and buffering from the growing impacts of sea-level rise, changing flood patterns, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and other environmental stressors. NFWF’s regional coastal resilience assessments seek to identify areas where natural resource restoration efforts will have the greatest impact for human community resilience, as well as for fish and wildlife, and identifies these types of natural areas as Resilience Hubs1. Projects need not be located in an area identified by NFWF as a Resilience Hub to be eligible, but applicants may find this tool useful to assess projects based on the dual benefits to habitats and human communities. Applicants may explore Resilience Hubs on the Coastal Resilience and Evaluation Siting Tool (CREST).

Gulf Research Program: Improving Gulf Forecasts

The Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems (UGOS) Initiative is part of the GRP focused on improving the skill of sustained continuous operational forecasts, and associated physical understanding, of ocean dynamics for the reduction of risks in offshore energy exploration and production in regions of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) where deep-water drilling and production occur and/or are anticipated. For the purposes of this RFA, ocean dynamics refers to the motion of water throughout the full water column of the Gulf basin, including the general circulation, surface currents, Loop Current (LC) and LC eddies (LCE), and the seawater properties and forces that affect them. Presently, the safety of offshore operations, effectiveness of oil spill response, and management of GoM resources are hindered by limitations of existing forecasting, prediction data and tools, and understanding of the ocean dynamics, as well as, hurdles to collaboration among the many participants engaged in GoM research, management and operations. By deploying GRP’s four strategic approaches (2020-2024 GRP Strategic Plan), working in coordination across the GRP program areas, supporting user-driven research activities, and using the convening power of the National Academies, the UGOS initiative will focus on reducing these barriers. To date, the UGOS Initiative has supported $12.5 million in grants to improve understanding of the GoM LC and LCE that are particularly important in GoM dynamics.

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.

Restore Science Program

The Restore Science Program offers a comprehensive listing of funding opportunities. The science and restoration programs working in the Gulf of Mexico understand the need for stakeholders to remain informed of future funding opportunities. To this end, they have collectively developed a calendar consolidating currently planned funding opportunities in order to keep stakeholders informed and help grant applicants plan ahead and submit their high-quality applications to the appropriate funding opportunity.