Undersea Research


To place man safely undersea to conduct research in support of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and national science requirements.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Outer Continental Shelf 1978, Section 21E; Coast and Geodetic Survey Act, Public Law 80-373.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutes, laboratories; any State, political subdivision of a State, or agency or office thereof; any individual.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations and individuals with professional interests in marine science engineering.
Proposals with statement of work and estimated budget. Cost 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 organization. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Formal proposal to the headquarters office that documents fully the grant requirements and requested support with application for Federal Assistance (SF 424). This program is subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Part 24, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments and OMB Circular No. A-110, as applicable.
Award Procedure
Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluation.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 to 150 days from time of proposal submission.
Not Applicable.
By negotiation with the office of Undersea Research.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are evaluated on the degree to which they contribute to the goals and objectives of NOAA along with their relevance to national science requirements for the marine environment, and the extent of expected benefits, scientific quality, cost effectiveness, and other factors.
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used for research and development and to purchase and/or lease technology in support of program goals.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Financial status reports and performance reports are required quarterly. Final reports are required at the end of the grant period.
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.
Grantees are required to maintain complete records for each grant to ensure funds are used pursuant to the statement of work.
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
N/A. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: as stated in agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Director of Undersea Research Director, Office of Undersea Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-2427
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 11 $5,520,457; FY 12 est $3,300,000; and FY 13 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Symposia Series for Undersea Research; National Solicitation of Research Proposals; Annual Report. 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
Not Applicable.


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