NOAA -- FY2021 North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

: The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), authorized in the Marine Debris Act (33 U.S.C. § 1951-1958), provides funding to address the adverse impacts of marine debris on the United States economy, the marine environment, and navigation safety through the identification, determination of sources, assessment, prevention, reduction, and removal of marine debris. Funds available through this solicitation were allocated to MDP in furtherance of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 Pub. L. 116-113, Title IX to carry out Section 3 of the Marine Debris Act (33 U.S.C. § 1952) in the North American region. The purpose of this competition is to address marine debris issues of mutual interest in the border areas of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements.

Deadline: Jan. 29, 2021

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Areas of Interest

Only projects taking place in the following geographies will be considered in this Program:

In the United States:

- Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida (Gulf side).

- West Coast: California, Washington, Alaska.

- Great Lakes: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York.

- Gulf of Maine: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts.


- Mexico and Canada locations in border regions with the United States and that have the potential for debris to impact United States resources, the United States economy, or navigation safety in United States waters.

Eligibility Requirements

As outlined in the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants are state, local, tribal, and territory governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and 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.

All projects should take place within the United States or territories or their adjacent waterways and have clear benefits to NOAA trust resources. Foreign organizations and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant but can be involved as project partners.



Amount Description

Funding of up to $5,000,000 is expected to be available for Marine Debris Prevention and Removal grants in FY2021. Typical awards for this competition will range from $150,000 - $750,000. The MDP anticipates that between 6 and 12 projects will be awarded under this solicitation. Projects funded through this notification will be for a term of up to two years.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

January 29, 2021