NOAA -- National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Land Acquisition and Construction Program for Fiscal Year 2023

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) consists of estuarine areas of the United States and its territories designated and managed for research and educational purposes (Reserve). Each Reserve within the NERRS is chosen to represent a different bio-geographic region and to include a variety of ecosystem types in accordance with the classification scheme of the national program as specified in 15 C.F.R. Part 921. By funding Reserve lead agencies and universities to conduct land acquisition and construction projects that support the NERRS mission, NOAA will strengthen protection of key land and water areas, enhance long-term protection of Reserve areas for research and education, and provide for facility and exhibit construction that meet the highest sustainable design standards possible.

NOAA anticipates approximately $4.5 million in Fiscal Year 2023 will be available to designated lead Reserve agencies or universities in coastal states for approximately 5-20 construction and acquisition projects, and expected to range from approximately $20,000 to $1,500,000 per project and with project periods typically covering 12-36 months, depending on the availability of funds.

Complete grant applications must be submitted by February 10, 2023.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are NERRS lead state agencies or universities designated to receiveĀ NERRS operations funding through a Memorandum of Understanding with NOAA in coastal states and territories including the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes. Eligible applicants should meet requirements as stated in the NERRS regulations codified at 15 C.F.R. 921.32 which are available online at

Amount Description

This funding opportunity announces that NOAA anticipates approximately $4.5 million will be available to designated Reserve agencies or universities for construction and acquisition projects in fiscal year 2023. Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA anticipates funding approximately 5-20 projects. Funding for land acquisition and construction awards is expected to range between approximately $20,000 to $1,500,000 depending on the size, location, and type of project.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 10, 2023