FY24 NOAA Marine Debris Interception Technologies under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NOAA Marine Debris Program, authorized in the Marine Debris Act, codified at 33 U.S.C. § 1951 et seq., supports the development and implementation of marine debris assessment, removal, and prevention projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and marine and Great Lake resources. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (PL 117-58) to support marine debris removal through the deployment and management of proven debris interception technologies throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and freely associated states, including in Tribal and underserved communities.

The overall objective of this funding opportunity is to support the installation, monitoring, and maintenance of proven marine debris interception technologies that will capture marine debris at or close to known marine debris sources or pathways and which benefit marine and coastal NOAA trust resources, coastal communities, and/or local economies. 


  • Required Letter of Intent: Nov. 15, 2023
  • Invited Full Proposals: March 15, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

As outlined in the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants for projects taking place in the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and freely associated states (or their adjacent waterways), are state, local, Tribal, and territory governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris. Equally eligible are any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition. Foreign public entities (see 2 CFR 200.1) from outside of the freely associated states are not eligible to apply.

NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of veterans, minorityserving institutions, and entities that work in underserved and underrepresented areas. The NOAA MDP encourages applicants of all backgrounds, circumstances, perspectives, and ways of thinking to apply.

Amount Description

Funding of up to $4,000,000 is expected to be available for this grant solicitation. The minimum federal request for this solicitation is $100,000. The maximum federal request is $1,000,000. The typical funding level for the federal share of project awards ranges from $250,000 to $750,000. The exact amount of funds to be awarded and the number of awards made will be at the discretion of NOAA following pre-award negotiations with highly meritorious applicants.

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 15, 2023