Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; Gulf Research Program – Understanding the Effects of Climate Change on Environmental Hazards in Overburdened and Underserved Communities

This funding opportunity seeks to advance the understanding of climate hazard (e.g. extreme heat, sea level rise, flooding and extreme weather events) effects on communities that are overburdened by environmental hazards (e.g., heat-related stress, air and water contaminants). The Gulf Research Program (GRP) is accepting applications from academic and research institutions for projects that develop or augment models of the potential impacts of multiple, interacting climate hazards on local environmental health disparities. Cross-sectoral project teams, including the participation of public, private and non-profit organizations, and state, local and tribal governments are encouraged. GRP has made a total of $5.5 million available to support projects under this funding opportunity and anticipates making individual awards ranging from $1 – 1.5 million for projects not exceeding three years in duration.

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.

The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program –  FY23

The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) is a partnership between the NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research) Climate Program Office (CPO) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office of Science and Technology (OST). The mission of CAFA is to support targeted research to promote the adaptation and resilience of the nation’s valuable fisheries and fishing communities in a changing climate.  The CAFA Program is accepting proposals for the FY23 funding opportunity to address either of the two priority research topics:

  • Advancing multidisciplinary systems to evaluate strategies that promote resilience and adaptation of fish stocks, fisheries, and fishing communities (Type A proposals)
  • Advancing understanding of and enhancing the effectiveness of locally determined adaptation planning in frontline fishing communities (Type B proposals)
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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.

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.


Vembu Subramanian Ocean Scholars Award

SECOORA is continuing Vembu’s legacy by sponsoring the annual Ocean Scholars Award. SECOORA will support participation in a virtual or in-person regional, national, or international meetings or conferences. A total of $2,500 is available for this opportunity. SECOORA anticipates funding 2-3 recipients with the available funds. No one can receive more than $1,250 in travel support. Proposals are due Thursday September 22, 5:00 PM ET.

SECOORA Data Challenge

The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) Data Challenge invites undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career professionals to develop a project that combines multiple Southeast datasets to understand a coastal ocean event. There are two $3,500 prizes. Proposals are due 5:00 PM ET on Thursday September 22, 2022 and must be submitted via


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