NOAA -- Ocean and Coastal Mapping Centers

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The purpose of this notice is to solicit proposals for a single cooperative agreement between NOAA and an institution of higher learning. The Hydrographic Services Improvement Act and the Coastal and Ocean Mapping Integration Act has authorized NOAA to operate up to three joint-ocean and coastal mapping centers of excellence for the nation. These centers typically focus on coastal and ocean research, applied hydrography, disaster response, forecasting, remote sensing technologies, and graduate education.

The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA's mission goal of “Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies” and the objective of “Safe, efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation.”

Deadline: May 22, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and state or local government agencies. The Office of Coast Survey, NOS, NOAA encourages proposals from any of the above institutions.



Amount Description

The total funding amount available for this award, in the form of a cooperative agreement, is anticipated to be approximately $1,589,801 for the first year, with a maximum of $9,000,000 over the course of five years. There is no guarantee that funds will be available to make an award under this announcement or that any proposal will be selected for funding. If an applicant incurs any costs prior to receiving an award agreement signed by an authorized NOAA official, they do so at their own risk of these costs not being included in a subsequent award. In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for any proposal preparation costs. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 22, 2020