NOAA -- Translating Coastal Research into Application

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2020, Public Law 116-221) to support leveraged federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities.

The U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is a multi-agency led effort to coordinate Federal activities, strengthen academic programs, and address coastal community needs. Past USCRP opportunities have funded university researchers across the U.S. to tackle coastal science and engineering questions in a variety of environments along all of the nation’s coastlines. The goal of the USCRP is to build a community of practice to address societal needs along the coast. USCRP is a collaboration of Federal agencies, academics, and stakeholders that aims to identify research priorities, enhance funding for coastal academic programs, foster collaboration, and promote science translation.

It is anticipated that approximately $4,000,000 will be available to move research project findings detailed in The Nearshore Report ( toward application through service delivery that integrates research, its application, and community engagement in three thematic program areas of (1) long-term coastal evolution, (2) extreme storms, and (3) human and ecosystem health. Developing and delivering actionable scientific information to users on the related themes requires integration of a broad range of stakeholder needs and coastal science. The USCRP Story Map highlights research that has been funded by the program: .

Proposals should address the needs or gaps that have been identified by or are evident from USCRP-funded projects, to move research project findings toward application through service delivery and decision support for coastal community decision-makers, planners, and other coastal stakeholders (i.e., the translation of societally-relevant coastal and estuarine physical processes science to science-based solutions that address coastal community needs related to resilience). Deriving societal benefit from this research requires engaging end-users to ensure it is delivered to them in an accessible and equitable manner to support their resilience decisionmaking and planning.

Letters of Intent must be received by electronic mail ( ) to the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) by 5:00 p.m. Local Time of the submitting Sea Grant Program on June 15, 2022. Eligible applicants must submit application materials by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on August 30, 2022 to

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Eligibility Requirements

The following entities are eligible to submit to this opportunity: Sea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, and Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs. For the remainder of this document, these entities are collectively referred to as “Sea Grant Programs.” A Sea Grant program may submit or participate in more than one proposal.

The following entities are encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity, in conjunction with a Sea Grant program: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant Program or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use.

Amount Description

Subject to the availability of funding, this announcement describes how eligible applicants should apply for this funding opportunity. It is anticipated that approximately $4,000,000 may be available to fund approximately 10-20 projects in the following categories for proposals that address the program priorities:

--Tier 1: Up to $150,000 in federal funds over two years can be requested for projects that address one or more previously-funded project(s) and are relevant to program priorities.

--Tier 2: Up to $500,000 in federal funds over four years can be requested for projects proposing multi-partner efforts that address one or more previously-funded projects(s) and are relevant to the program priorities.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 15, 2022