National Competitive Harmful Algal Bloom Programs

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Competitive Research Program (CRP) is soliciting proposals for the Prevention, Control and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (PCMHAB) and HAB Socioeconomics Research Programs. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2020 Federal appropriations. It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have a September 1, 2020 start date.

Deadlines for Required Letters of Intent:

  • PCMHAB: Monday, November 11, 2019
  • HAB Socioeconomics: Monday, November 11, 2019

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Areas of Interest

The focus of PCMHAB is to develop, demonstrate, and make widely available new socially and environmentally acceptable strategies and methods for preventing, controlling, and mitigating HABs and their impacts.

The HAB program also supports socioeconomic research that assesses the societal impacts of HAB events and the costs and benefits of mitigation strategies. The recent increase in number, frequency, and type of HABs are resulting in more impacts that have increased society's concerns about the safety of our seafood, drinking water, the health of endangered species, fish, and other animals, the sustainability of beach and lakeside communities, losses to aquaculture enterprises, increased strain on shrinking state and local resources, and longterm aquatic ecosystem changes

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for Federal financial assistance in this competition are institutions of higher education, other non-profits, state, local, Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. Territories, and for-profit organizations. Federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to receive transfers of funds are eligible to submit applications for intra- or inter-agency funds transfers through this competition. DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to the CRP programs. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas. DOC/NOAA encourages applications involving any of the above institutions to apply. 

Amount Description

Approximately 4-6 small projects up to 3 years in duration are expected to be funded under PCMHAB and HAB Socioeconomics at a level of approximately $200,000 to $400,000 per year per proposal. In addition, 1-2 large projects up to 4 years in duration are expected to be funded under PCMHAB at up to approximately $500,000 to $600,000 per year per proposal. NOAA will not accept any proposals submitted with total budgets (across all years) that are greater than $1,200,000 for small projects and $2,400,000 for large projects. 

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 11, 2019