National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Collaborative Science Program 2024

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA is soliciting applications to administer a 5-year, applied research program that supports collaborative research in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).

This funding opportunity will provide support for the grantee to develop and administer a comprehensive national program that funds extramural collaborative science projects to address the system-wide research and management needs of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, while being responsive to local and regional reserve priorities and those of NOAA. The NERRS collaborative science program is intended to deliver highly credible and relevant information to the coastal management community by incorporating user input into the design and implementation of research projects, ensuring that the outcomes support the needs of stakeholders. This program will also increase the capacity of the NERRS management, research, education, stewardship, and coastal training sectors to transfer information and skills to end-users and more effectively support coastal and estuarine resource management. A NERRS collaborative science program has been in existence for fifteen years, and this is the fourth competition for the five-year program. This funding opportunity is intended to support the administration of the collaborative research program and is not intended to directly support individual research projects or short term activities focused on specific local coastal and estuarine issues. Eligible funding applicants are: non-federal institutions of higher education, other non-profits, state, local, Indian Tribal Governments, and commercial organizations. Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborators or project partners.

Each organization may submit no more than one application for consideration under this competition. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadlines:

  • Required Letter of Intent: Dec. 1, 2023
  • Applications: Feb. 9, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible funding applicants are: non-federal institutions of higher education, other nonprofits,
state, local, Indian Tribal Governments, and commercial organizations. Federal
agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement, but may
serve as collaborative project partners. If federal agencies are collaborators, applicants are
expected to provide detail on the planned level of federal engagement in the application.
Examples might include, but are not limited to partnership services; serving in a review
capacity; or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams..

Amount

$25,000,000

Amount Description

Total anticipated funding is approximately $25,000,000 for five years. The anticipated
federal funding per year is approximately $5,000,000. Funding in FY 2024 and future years
is subject to the availability of appropriations. It is anticipated that one multi-year award will
be made with these funds and the total will be adjusted based on available funding.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 1, 2023