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NOAA -- Ocean Acidification Program Education Mini-Grant Program
The Ocean Acidification Program education mini-grant initiative, is a competitively based program that supports coastal and ocean acidification education programs that are responsive to the goals of the NOAA OA Education Implementation Plan. Priority goals include prioritizing and engaging target audiences for ocean acidification education and outreach, matching ocean acidification communication needs with existing research, education and outreach activities, while developing innovative approaches for community involvement.
The education mini-grant program provides funding opportunities that respond to the four goals laid out in the NOAA Ocean Acidification Education Implementation Plan. In response to Goal 1, a comprehensive needs assessment has been conducted to determine strengths, weaknesses and gaps within the landscape of ocean acidification education and outreach programs. Competitive proposals will respond to the gaps identified by this needs assessment and/or respond to the other goals laid out in the NOAA Ocean Acidification Education Implementation Plan. These goals include (Goal 2) prioritize and engage target audiences for ocean acidification education and outreach, (Goal 3) match ocean acidification communication needs with existing research, education and outreach activities, and (Goal 4) develop innovative approaches for community involvement.
All projects must have ocean and/or coastal acidification as the central focus. Projects previously funded by the Ocean Acidification Mini-Grant Program filled some of the gaps in the US West Coast, Northeast, Caribbean, and Pacific Island regions. Projects from other US Regions including Alaska, Southeast, and Gulf of Mexico are highly encouraged.
Deadline: Apr. 3, 2020
Eligible applicants are United States institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and Federal agencies. Applications from non-Federal and Federal applicants will be competed against each other. Proposals selected for funding from non-Federal applicants will be funded through a cooperative agreement as described above in section II. C. of this notice. Proposals selected for funding from NOAA scientists shall be effected by an intra-agency fund transfer. Proposals selected for funding from a non-NOAA Federal agency will be funded through an inter-agency transfer.
This solicitation announces that approximately $150,000 may be available in FY 2020 in award amounts to be determined by the proposals and available funds. Individual awards are limited to a maximum of $40,000 for no more than a 24 month period. The amount of funding that Ocean Acidification Program may recommend will be based on a merit review process and pre-award negotiations between the applicant(s) and Ocean Acidification Program. The Ocean Acidification Program Director may defer selected proposals for consideration for funding in the subsequent, or later, fiscal years.