Proposal Submission Guidelines

GCOOS Proposal Submission Guides and Documents

GCOOS is a certified Regional Coastal Observing System (RCOS) — a non-federal observing organization certified as meeting federal standards for data gathering and management. This certification means that our data has the full backing of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Core funding for GCOOS operations comes from a series of competitive five-year grants awarded by IOOS that support the administration and implementation of the regional observing system. As part of that implementation, GCOOS provides sub-awards to Principal Investigators through a competitive process.

Periodically, GCOOS may also offer sub-awards related to other funding opportunities, including the Inflation Reduction Act. Submission guidelines are outlined below as they are available.

GCOOS Year 3 Sub-Award Budget Submission Process

Please note: We are NOT currently accepting any new proposals.

Principal Investigators submitting Year 3 sub-award funding proposals to GCOOS should work with the sponsored programs office at their institutions to submit the proposal package electronically to the TAMU Sponsored Research Services Office.

Each sub-award package must include the following:

Additional Inclusions:

  • TAMU form for institutional commitment
  • Principle Investigator resume (2-page)
  • Fringe and/or IDC rate memo or link to institutional page in cases where rates are greater than 38%
  • Data management plan (1 page) — template coming soon

Other documents that might be requested:

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Funding Proposals

Please note: Proposal submissions for IRA funding are by invitation only.

In 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. This act provides support for clean energy, climate mitigation and resilience, agriculture and conservation-related investment programs. Approximately $100 million in funding is being made available through the Department of Commerce and NOAA to support climate resilience projects through the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Regional Associations. As one of the 11 IOOS systems, GCOOS and its partners will be eligible to receive funding through this opportunity.

Each IRA award submission must contain the the following

Points of Contact for All Submissions


Jorge Brenner
GCOOS Executive Director
Mobile: 361-696-1776

TAMU Office of Sponsored Research Services

Lyndal Arceneaux
Senior Proposal Administrator II
Texas A&M University
Office: 979-862-2465