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NOAA -- Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP) Restoration Implementation Grants
The principal objective of the Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP) 2017 Restoration Implementation Grants is for NOAA to collaborate with non-federal partners to accomplish common marine and coastal habitat conservation and restoration goals related to oil spills, hazardous substance releases, and other natural resource damages. Successful applicants will support and implement restoration activities authorized under the Oil Pollution Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Clean Water Act, National Marine Sanctuaries Act, and other federal agencies' authorities related to oil spills, hazardous substance releases, and natural resource damages.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) acts as a trustee on behalf of the public to protect and restore coastal and marine resources. NOAA established the DARRP in 1992 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The DARRP provides technical and legal expertise within NOAA to protect and restore injured natural resources. These Restoration Implementation Grants will be administered by the NOAA Restoration Center: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/.
NOAA’s DARRP has worked to restore natural resources harmed by oil spills, releases of hazardous waste, and, in some instances, vessel groundings. NOAA works with responsible parties (the individuals, companies, or government agencies responsible for an oil spill or hazardous substance release), and trustee councils (teams of state, tribal, and other federal agencies) to respond to a specific spill, release, or grounding.
The overall focus of the Restoration Implementation Grants is to implement coastal and marine habitat restoration to restore natural resources injured by oil spills, releases of hazardous waste, and, in some instances, vessel groundings. Applicants selected through this federal funding opportunity will be those capable of identifying, selecting, implementing and overseeing restoration activities to meet restoration goals common to NOAA and the applicant. This may include implementing activities identified in natural resource damage assessment and restoration plans, or developing or soliciting projects to meet restoration goals.
Deadline: Mar. 6, 2017
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, and commercial (forprofit) organizations. Applications from federal, state, or tribal governments will not be considered, due to their potential role as trustee council members. Applications from local governments will not be considered due to their limited geographic reach. Applications from individuals or employees of federal agencies will also not be considered. Non-eligible organizations are encouraged to work with those that are eligible to apply. Organizations with a financial relationship or other conflict with a responsible party may apply, but financial or organizational participation may not be feasible if conflicts of interest are not effectively addressed by recusal, mitigation, divestiture, or other action.
Funding is expected to be provided on an as-available basis to maintain the initial cooperative agreement for up to five years, and is dependent upon the level of funding made available by trustee councils and NOAA. Total anticipated funding for initial cooperative agreements under this competition is up to $100 million. NOAA anticipates that a typical, awarded cooperative agreement will range from $2.5 million to $50 million. NOAA does not anticipate accepting proposals under this solicitation with a first year budget less than $500,000 or more than $20 million, and with a total five-year budget less than $2.5 million or more than $100 million.