Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology

 

The RESTORE Act Science program will 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
11.451
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 The Restore Science Program will continue to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Six of the teams will be working directly with resource managers to improve the decision support tools available for managing living coastal and marine resources in the Gulf. Nine of the teams will be conducting research on living coastal and marine resources to address questions resource managers need answered about food webs, habitat use, fisheries recruitment, the impact of stressors, and how habitats are connected in the Gulf.
Fiscal Year 2017 The RESTORE Science Program is currently funding 15 teams of researchers and resource managers to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Six of the teams will be working directly with resource managers to improve the decision support tools available for managing living coastal and marine resources in the Gulf. Nine of the teams will be conducting research on living coastal and marine resources to address questions resource managers need answered about food webs, habitat use, fisheries recruitment, the impact of stressors, and how habitats are connected in the Gulf.
Fiscal Year 2016 The RESTORE Act Science Program’s suite of awards from our initial funding competition in 2015 are about half way completed and each is making progress consistent with their milestones and expected outputs. We will be publicizing the outputs and outcomes resulting from our current awards as they near completion
Authorization
Section 1604 of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) (Subtitle F of Pub. L No. 112-141), 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. All applicants will be treated equally in the competitive process.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The five Gulf Coast states: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama
Credentials/Documentation
Proposals with statement of work, estimated budget, and curriculum vitae; Costs will be determined in accordance with relevant OMB Cost Principles, which NOAA anticipates will be located at 2 C.F.R. Part 200 for State and local governments, educational institutions, and for nonprofit organizations. For commercial organizations, costs will be determined in accordance with 48 C.F.R. Part 31.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Send an application for financial assistance (Form SF-424 and other required forms as specified in the published Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO)) to NCCOS/CSCOR with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount in response to a current funding announcement only. Applications should be 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. This program is subject to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, which NOAA anticipates will be located at 2 C.F.R. Part 200
Award Procedure
Awards are made on the basis of competitive peer review of proposals
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. From 90 to 210 days from the time of proposal receipt
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
By negotiation with the NCCOS/CSCOR 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 the RESTORE Act goals and objectives. Principal investigators' qualifications and cost are also considered, with costs subject to negotiation
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements may be used to fund research to address the science needs in the Gulf of Mexico related to the objectives outlined in the RESTORE Act legislation
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is required for this program
Auditing
OMB Circular No. A-133
Records
Records will be retained in accordance with relevant provisions of OMB Circulars, which NOAA anticipates will be located at 2 C.F.R. Part 200.
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
From one to five years, with funding approved annually Funds are released or reimbursed as agreed upon in the Standard and any Special Terms and Conditions required for each grant/cooperative agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Mary Erickson, Director National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 1305 East West Highway, SSMC4, #8211 Silver Spring, MD 20910 , phone number 301-713-3020; fax 301-713-4044, Mary.Erickson@noaa.gov
Headquarters Office
Laura J. Golden
1305 East West Hwy
Silver Spring,, MD 20901 US
laurie.golden@noaa.gov
Phone: 3017133338151
Website Address
http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-1455-0-1-304
Obligations
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 16$0.00; FY 18 est $4,900,000.00; FY 17 est $4,904,381.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Relevant RESTORE Act regulations promulgated by Treasury. In addition, NOAA anticipates publishing an FFO setting out program priorities.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 The RESTORE Act Science Program is currently funding projects in the Gulf of Mexico region that focus on ecological and ecosystem indicators, improvements to observing systems, ecosystem modeling, fish spawning aggregations, and the impacts of the Mississippi River on the Gulf.
Fiscal Year 2018 The Restore Science Program will continue to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Six of the teams will be working directly with resource managers to improve the decision support tools available for managing living coastal and marine resources in the Gulf. Nine of the teams will be conducting research on living coastal and marine resources to address questions resource managers need answered about food webs, habitat use, fisheries recruitment, the impact of stressors, and how habitats are connected in the Gulf
Fiscal Year 2017 The RESTORE Science Program is currently funding 15 teams of researchers and resource managers to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Six of the teams will be working directly with resource managers to improve the decision support tools available for managing living coastal and marine resources in the Gulf. Nine of the teams will be conducting research on living coastal and marine resources to address questions resource managers need answered about food webs, habitat use, fisheries recruitment, the impact of stressors, and how habitats are connected in the Gulf

 



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