NOAA -- National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Land Acquisition and Construction Program for Fiscal Year 2024

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 activities that meet the highest sustainable design standards possible. Each Reserve supports a wide range of beneficial uses important to ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic values, which are dependent upon the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. The sites provide habitats for a wide range of ecologically and commercially important species of fish, shellfish, birds, and other aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Each Reserve was designated to ensure its effectiveness as a conservation unit and as a site for long-term research and monitoring. In maintaining their effectiveness, the Reserves may find it necessary to expand their boundaries through strategically planned land acquisitions and/or to develop or enhance their reserve facilities, including their in-situ monitoring infrastructure, to meet the demands of research, monitoring, and education program objectives.

Complete grant applications must be submitted by February 9, 2024.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are NERRS lead state agencies or universities designated to receive 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 $8.5 million will be available to designated Reserve agencies or universities for construction and acquisition projects in fiscal year 2024. Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA anticipates funding approximately 5-20 projects. Funding for land acquisition and construction awards is subject to negotiation with NOAA depending on the size, location, and type of project.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 9, 2024