Chesapeake Bay Studies
To provide financial assistance for research and development projects that will provide information for the living marine resources of Chesapeake Bay. In addition, assistance is provided for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Initiative (B-WET). The B-WET Program will work with and support organizations that provide environment-based education to students, teachers, and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In addition, assistance is provided for research and restoration of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
NOAA Authorization Act of 1992
Fish and Willdlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. 661-666c
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 753a
Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002, Public Law 102-567
Commerce and Trade, 15 U.S.C. 1540
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, State, local and Indian tribal governments.
Federal, State and local governments, universities, independent school divisions, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs applications and conduct.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Refer to program guidelines
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office - Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.
Proposals are initially evaluated by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, and then are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national and regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects recommended for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division for Department of Commerce clearance and processing procedures. In additions, funds may be provided on a sole source basis for priority projects for the stewardship of Chesapeake Bay resources.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 working days.
No formal appeal procedure. If an application is unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicant.
Multi-year awards of up to three years may be approved. Once awarded, multi-year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years, however proposals may be subject to a technical evaluation. 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.
How are proposals selected?
Consideration is given to projects that directly relate to the interstate/governmental Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement. Consideration is measured amongst several criterion including: project description and conceptual approach for resolution; soundness of project design/technical approach; project management and experience and qualification of personnel; justification and allocation of the budget in terms of the work to be performed; demonstration of project partnerships; and continued teacher involvement and communication.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used to improve surveys and fisheries statistics, investigate living marine resource linkages with dependent habitats and conduct research in support of fisheries stock assessments in conjunction with cooperative, long-term data collection programs for the Bay's living marine resources. Funding can also be used to support environmental-based education, expand student Chesapeake Bay or stream outdoor experiences, improve opportunities for teachers to receive professional training in the area of environmental education, and promote internship opportunities for students and teachers in the field of environmental education.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three- year retention period; whichever is latest.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants/cooperative awards are normally made for one year. Assistance is released via the NOAA Financial Assistance Disbursement System (FADS). Awards are normally for a 12-month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12-months, or may be completed in less than 12-months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Contact: Derek Orner, Fishery Biologist or Shannon Sprague, Education Coordinator. Telephone: (410) 267-5660. Fax: (410) 267-5666. E-mail: Derek.Orner@noaa.gov or Shannon.Sprague@noaa.gov.
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, 1 20910 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 est $3,406,725.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 16$3,406,725.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Examples of Funded Projects