Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 8/23/2023

Social, Cultural and Economic Assessment of Harmful Algal Blooms

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Competitive Research Program (CRP) [formerly Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)/Coastal Ocean Program (COP)] is soliciting proposals for the Social, Cultural and Economic Assessment of Harmful Algal Bloom program. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2024 Federal appropriations. It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have a September 1, 2024 start date. An informational webinar on this solicitation will be offered within approximately two weeks from the publication date of the NOFO. Information regarding this announcement, including webinars and additional background information, is available on the NCCOS funding opportunities website (https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/fundingopportunities/).

NCCOS/CRP is soliciting proposals that assess the social, cultural and economic impacts of HAB events. Research funded through this opportunity may guide future research on the social, cultural and economic impacts of HAB events at a local, state, and regional, and national level, and inform the selection of management strategies and methods most appropriate to a specific HAB event and ongoing issues. Resulting research will also provide the necessary building blocks that can lead to a better national assessment of the social, cultural and economic impacts from HAB events.


  • Required Letters of Intent: Oct. 13, 2023
  • Full Proposals: Jan. 17, 2024
Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for Federal financial assistance in this competition are U.S. institutions of higher education, other non-profits, state, local, tribal government entities, U.S. Territories, and for-profit organizations. Federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to receive transfers of funds are eligible to submit applications for intra- or inter-agency funds transfers through this competition. Department of Commerce (DOC)/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to its programs. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, and institutions that work in underserved areas. DOC/NOAA encourages encourages applications involving any of the above institutions to apply.

Amount Description

It is anticipated that up to approximately $1,500,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2024 for the first year for all projects combined. If funds become available for this program, 3 to 5 projects are expected to be funded at the level of $300,000 to $400,000 per year per proposal. Projects are not expected to exceed 3 years in duration. NCCOS/CRP may reject any proposals submitted with an annual budget that is greater than $400,000 for any year.

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