National Competitions

2023 NOAA Sea Grant National Marine Debris Funding Opportunities

The National Sea Grant College Program has announced two federal funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention:

Marine Debris Challenge Competition– open to all PIs in collaboration with Sea Grant programs*; $16,000,000 total; $3,000,000 maximum per award; up to 3 years

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 in FY 2024 and 2025 federal funds will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris. Proposals are sought that will push the boundaries of existing technologies and approaches, change the current landscape of marine debris mitigation, and tie that research to tangible outputs.

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed information about this opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452

PROPOSAL DEADLINES:

Letters of Intent: Washington Sea Grant is required to submit letters of intent by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

If you are interested in being a PI and/or collaborating with Washington Sea Grant on this opportunity, please let us know ASAP, and no later than Monday, November 27, 2023 (wsgres@uw.edu). Washington Sea Grant will require complete letters of intent in advance of the Wednesday, January 31, 2024 deadline.

Full proposals: are due to grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 27, 2024**.

Informational Webinars:

October 2, 2023 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (4:00 p.m. ET) – Register Here
October 3, 2023 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (4:00 p.m. ET) – Register Here

*Only Sea Grant Programs are eligible to apply for this opportunity. It is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program, however proposals must be submitted with and through a Sea Grant program.

**In order to meet internal University of Washington proposal preparation deadlines, full proposals will need to be completed in collaboration with Washington Sea Grant approximately 2 weeks in advance of this deadline.

Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions– open to Sea Grant Programs only; $3,000,000 total; $300,000 maximum per award; up to 3 years

The “National Sea Grant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions” will support the creation of coalitions and partnerships among communities, groups, and localities – especially those that have been traditionally underserved, to address marine debris prevention and removal. Only Sea Grant programs are eligible to apply for funding under this opportunity.

Washington Sea Grant is currently evaluating program priorities for this opportunity. If you are interested in working with us in this area, please contact us (wsgres@uw.edu).

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed information about this opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-23704

All the information above is also available at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding.

2023 Climate Ready Workforce NOAA Funding Opportunity

The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Program has announced a federal funding opportunity to support climate ready workforce for coastal states, tribes and territories.

Inflation Reduction Act Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Competition

Open to all PIs for $60,000,000 total, 10-20 awards between $500,000-$10 million each, under the NOFO, scaling awards as appropriate to the proposed geographic, industry/sector, and worker role coverage of a given regional system for projects lasting 24 to 48 months in FY 2024-2025. 

The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a competitive funding opportunity for the Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative to connect people across the country to good-paying jobs, such as landscape technicians, heat health outreach specialists and climate equity officers, that tackle the climate crisis and boost local resilience. 

NOAA will invest $60 million total from the Inflation Reduction Act for the initiative — a $50 million competitive funding opportunity and $10 million for technical assistance to support applicants and grantees. 

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed information about this opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-2007783 

Federal Assistance Listings Number: 11.417, Sea Grant Support 

The complete Notice of Funding Opportunity provides detailed information about the goals of the Climate-Ready Workforce program, application requirements, eligible applicants, and other important information. 

Access the NOFO and apply at grants.gov

PROPOSAL DEADLINES

Letters of Intent: Letters of Intent are due at 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2023. 

Full proposals: The deadline for application submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on February 13, 2024. Letters of Intent or applications received after the above deadlines will not be reviewed or considered.

This competition is one component of the Climate-Ready Coasts and Communities initiative of NOAA’s Inflation Reduction Act funds. The Inflation Reduction Act is a historic, federal government-wide investment that furthers NOAA’s efforts to build a Climate-Ready Nation. It provides $3.3 billion for NOAA to build on its commitment to help Americans – including tribes and vulnerable populations – prepare, adapt, and build resilience to weather and climate events; improve supercomputing capacity and research on weather, oceans, and climate; strengthen NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft and fleet; and replace aging NOAA facilities

Additional opportunities through the Inflation Reduction Act’s investment in NOAA:

All the information above is also available at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/crw