Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research_Coastal Ocean Program

 

NOAA's Coastal Ocean Program in the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR/COP) is a unique Federal- academic partnership designed to provide predictive capability for managing coastal ecosystems. CSCOR/COP seeks to deliver the highest-quality science in a timely manner for important coastal policy decisions by supporting high-priority research and interagency initiatives related to NOAA's mission in three goal areas: harmful algal blooms, hypoxia and regional ecosystem research. CSCOR/COP supports research on critical issues which exist in the Nation's estuaries, coastal waters and the Great Lakes; and translates its findings into accessible information for coastal managers, planners, lawmakers and the public. For purposes of the RESTORE Act program; to increase understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and support its long-term sustainability, including its fish stocks, habitats, wildlife, and fishing industries.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
11.478
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: CSCOR’s harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia research has been integrating ocean observing system data with modeling capabilities in order to provide research managers with seasonal HAB and hypoxia forecasts in numerous regions in the US including the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Maine. CSCOR also developed forecasts for ecosystem responses to sea level rise and storms, enabling coastal managers the ability to more effectively assess alternative management strategies for mitigating future impacts of sea level rise. CSCOR’s regional ecosystem research has been identifying threats to the health of ecosystems in the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and shallow and deep water coral environments in the Pacific and Caribbean. The resulting information supported the development of unique tools to improve ecosystem management capabilities and mitigate impacts on coastal ecosystems. Fiscal Year 2014: CSCOR’s harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia research is planning to continue integrating ocean observing system data with modeling capabilities in order to provide research managers with seasonal HAB and hypoxia forecasts in numerous regions in the US including the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Maine. CSCOR plans to also continue the development of forecasts for ecosystem responses to sea level rise and storms, enabling coastal managers the ability to more effectively assess alternative management strategies for mitigating future impacts of sea level rise. CSCOR’s regional ecosystem research will continue to identify threats to the health of ecosystems in the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and shallow and deep water coral environments in the Pacific and Caribbean. The resulting information will support the development of unique tools to improve ecosystem management capabilities and mitigate impacts on coastal ecosystems.


CSCOR’s harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia research continues to integrate ocean observing system data with modeling capabilities in order to provide research managers with seasonal HAB and hypoxia forecasts in numerous regions in the US including the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Maine. CSCOR also continues the development of forecasts for ecosystem responses to sea level rise and storms, enabling coastal managers the ability to more effectively assess alternative management strategies for mitigating future impacts of sea level rise. CSCOR’s regional ecosystem research continues to identify threats to the health of ecosystems in the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and shallow and deep water coral environments in the Pacific and Caribbean. The resulting information will support the development of unique tools to improve ecosystem management capabilities and mitigate impacts on coastal ecosystems. Fiscal Year 2015: CSCOR plans to continue to support it's harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia research by integrating ocean observing system data with modeling capabilities in order to provide research managers with seasonal HAB and hypoxia forecasts in numerous regions in the US including the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Maine, as well as it's regional ecosystem research to identify threats to the health of ecosystems in the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and shallow and deep water coral environments in the Pacific and Caribbean.
Authorization
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended , 16 U.S.C 1456c; Harmful Algal Bloom and
Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998, Public Law 105-383; Navigation and Navigable Waters, 33 U.S.C 883d; Navigation and Navagable Waters, 33 U.S.C 1442; Commerce and Trade, 15 U.S.C 1540; Coastal Ocean Program, Section 201c, Public Law 102-567; Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 RESTORE Act; , Section 16, Public Law 112-141.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education, not-for- profit institutions, State, , local and Indian tribal governments, commercial organizations and Federal agencies. Foreign researchers may apply as subawards through an eligible US entity. All applicants will be treated equally in the competitive process.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations and individuals utilizing science in effectively managing the Nation’s coastal resources.
Credentials/Documentation
Proposals with statement of work, estimated budget, and curriculum vitae. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Send an application for financial assistance (Standard Form 424) to CSCOR/COP with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount in response to a current funding announcement only. This program is subject to the requirements of CFR Part 14, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of High Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit and Commercial Organization, which replaces OMB Circular No. A-110 as the administrative rules applicable to these awards. In addition, this program is subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Part 24, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments", which replaces OMB A-102 as the administrative rule applicable to these awards. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the funding opportunity number and/or the CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean Program. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.
Award Procedure
Awards are made on the basis of competitive peer review of proposals.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 210 days from the time of proposal receipt.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
By negotiation with the CSOR/COP Office. Multi- year awards of two to five years may be approved. Once awarded, multi- year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are evaluated by competitive peer review taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and applicability to COP's research goals. Principal investigators' qualifications and cost are also considered, with cost subject to negotiation.
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used to fund research and interagency initiatives under specific CSCOR/ COP programs related to NOAA's mission in harmful algal blooms, hypoxia and regional ecosystem research and to increase understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and support its long-term sustainability, including its fish stocks, habitats, wildlife, and fishing industries.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Implementation plans are required annually. Progress reports are due annually. Financial status reports are required semi- annually. Final reports are due ninety days after expiration of award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Recipients and subrecipients that are State and local governments, institutions of higher education or other nonprofit organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (3 U.S.C. 7501-7507) and revised OMB Circular No. A-133. Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.
Records
Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
From one to five years, with funding approved annually. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released or reimbursed as agreed upon in the Standard Terms and Conditions required for each grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Rob Magnien Rob Magnien, Director, NOAA/NOS/CSCOR/COP, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, Station 8307, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: 301-713-3338 Fax: 301-713-4044
Website Address
http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/centers/cscor
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-1450-0-1-306.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $8,359,014; FY 14 est $8,558,579; and FY 15 est $15,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: CSCOR continued to support research geared towards the development of predictive forecasts for Harmful Algal blooms, hypoxia, and sea level rise, as well as developing tools to mitigate the impacts of such stressors in major coastal ecosystems including the Gulf of Maine, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. CSCOR also is working toward synthesizing and transitioning the information from research conducted through its regional ecosystem research to the coastal resource managers in order to improve ecosystem management. Fiscal Year 2014: CSCOR continued to take the lead in providing predictive tools to support ecosystem management in coastal regions such as the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Gulf of Maine, and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as obtain new knowledge on the prevention, control and mitigation of harmful algal blooms. Fiscal Year 2015: CSCOR plans to initiate new research projects in its harmful algal bloom and hypoxia research programs, as well as continue existing projects in its ecosystem stressors and regional research programs in coastal regions such as the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Gulf of Maine and Gulf of Mexico.

 



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