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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
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.
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. 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 not applicable. 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 (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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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.
Not applicable.
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. The funds provided may not be used:
•for any existing or planned research led by NOAA, unless agreed to in writing by the
grant recipient;
•to implement existing regulations or initiate new regulations promulgated or proposed by
NOAA; or
•to develop or approve a new limited access privilege program (as that term is used in
section 303A of the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16
U.S.C. 1853a)) for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic,
New England, or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reports are required. Federal Financial Reports are required for this program. Progress reports are required for this program. Federal Financial Reports are required for this program. Performance monitoring is required for this program.
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. OMB Circular No. A-133
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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 and any Special Terms and Conditions required for each grant/cooperative agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. 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,
Headquarters Office
Laura J. Golden 1305 East West Hwy, Silver Spring,, Maryland 20901 Email: Phone: 3017133338151
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $2,000,000; and FY 15 est $2,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data 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
Not Applicable.


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