Ocean Exploration


To explore the Earth’s largely unknown oceans in all their dimensions for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge, using state of the art technologies in evolutionary and revolutionary ways within Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR).

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
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, Title XII, Public Law 111-11.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As stated in NOAA special announcements or applicable reports in support of NOAA's mission.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations and individuals with interests in support of managing effectively the Nation's ocean exploration resources.
Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable OMB Circulars. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range varies from 90 to 180 days from the time of proposal submission to NOAA.
Not Applicable.
Renewals are conducted by negotiation with the OAR/OER and subject to availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research.
How may assistance be used?
Cooperative agreements and grants may be used for research and development, education and training, and advisory services. They may also be used for operational systems as they relate to specific programs. Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements are evaluated on an individual program basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reports require program information. Required every six months. Progress interim reports every six months and a final report at the end of the award period. Required as part of the interim and final progress reports. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients are expected to maintain complete records for each grant and/or cooperative agreement to ensure funds are used for the purpose for which the award was made.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available one to three years based on availability of funding. Restrictions are contained in the DOC Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For those organizations not having ASAP capability, direct deposit to banking institution is allowed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Satellite Offices in Narragansette, Rhode Island; Charleston, South Carolina; Seattle, Washington.
Headquarters Office
Director 1315 East-West Highway, Room 10210, , Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 734-1010
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $7,312,000; FY 15 est $10,912,000; and FY 16 est $14,709,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded as applicable. For example, the Ocean Exploration Science Program sponsors competitive, peer-reviewed exploration projects to collaborate with and augment NOAA intramural research programs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Policy Manual. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; 2 CFR 220 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
Not Applicable.