NOAA -- NERRS Habitat Protection and Restoration Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Competition

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals from National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS or Reserves) for coastal habitat restoration; coastal habitat restoration planning, engineering, and design; and land conservation projects that support the goals and intent of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP), and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Public Law 117-58. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, coastal habitat conservation is defined as the acquisition of fee simple interest in real property or conservation easements.

 

NOAA anticipates that approximately $16 million will be competitively awarded to Reserves’ designated state lead agency or university. For habitat restoration engineering, design and planning, it is anticipated that projects will range from approximately $200,000-$350,000. For habitat restoration, it is anticipated that projects will range from approximately $2 million to $4 million. For land conservation, it is anticipated that projects will range from approximately $500,000 to $1.5 million. Applicants may propose projects with a Federal funding request less than or more than these amounts, up to $4 million.

Each applicant may submit no more than three letters of intent for consideration under this competition. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadlines:

  • Letters of Intent (LOIs) must be received by August 14, 2023.
  • Full proposals (by invitation only) must be received by January 10, 2024

Agency Website

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 CFR 921.32 which are available online at http://go.usa.gov/xkGEf. Each applicant may submit no more than three letters of intent for consideration under this competition.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

August 14, 2023