Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

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.

Texas General Land Office –  CMP Program

The Texas GLO Coastal Management Program (CMP) is excited to announce that there has recently been an increase in state funding allocated through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) for CMP Cycle 29 Projects of Special Merit (PSM). It was initially expected around $8 Million would be available to award based on previous grant cycles; however, there is now a total of $19 Million available for Cycle 29. With this increase in funding, we’d like to encourage applicants to “Go Big!” with their project ideas and consider expanding the reach and impact of the proposed PSMs.Please note that the Land Commissioner is not obligated to award all funds, and this will not affect the project funding range of $200,000 to $5 Million. Applicants will need to adhere to these minimum/maximum requested amounts for their applications. As a reminder, final applications for PSMs are due June 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your applications in the coming months! If you have any questions, please reach out to Meghan Martinez by email or phone (512) 463-8753. 

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.