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NOAA Fisheries PIRO administers a series of grant programs ranging in topics relating to ocean, conservation, and fishery management. These programs are typically open on an annual basis (normally August – December). The specifics and competitions change each year based on funding availability and annual priorities. The following list includes NMFS PIRO and other relevant NOAA competitions.

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The purpose of the BAA is to request proposals for special projects and programs associated with the Agency's strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select proposals and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this BAA. This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through our competitive discretionary programs. It is not a mechanism for awarding Congressionally directed funds.

NOTE: The BAA is not intended to circumvent the regular program competitions that are announced either through the Omnibus notice or individual notices.

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2014-2003949
Full Announcement Link: Grants.gov
Link to PIR application package:
Applications are accepted through September 30, 2015


Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants

NOAA has developed the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program to build resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities in the U.S. The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency awards will fund projects that develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation. Applications are due July 2, 2015.

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004410
Application Resources and Checklist: NOAA Habitat Conservation Program
Full Announcement Link: Grants.gov


Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program

NOAA's National Ocean Service is providing up to $5 million in competitive grant awards will support regional approaches to undertake activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Funded projects will result in improved information for decision makers and actions that reduce risk, accelerate recovery, and promote adaptation to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions. Proposals are due by July 24, 2015.

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324
Application Resources and Checklist: NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Full Announcement Link: Grants.gov


Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) Marine Education and Training Mini-Grants Program is a competitive grant program that supports projects to improve communication, education, and training on marine resource issues throughout the region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents, including indigenous Pacific islanders, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups in the region.

Eligible entities are individuals, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, and state, local, and Indian tribal governments within the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management area.  Proposals in excess of $15,000 are unlikely to be funded. 

The 2015 competition has closed. Please check back in early fiscal year 2016 for next year’s competition details.


Marine National Monument Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) Pacific Marine National Monuments (MNMs) Program is a competitive grant program that supports the management objectives of the Marianas Trench MNM, Rose Atoll MNM, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM.  NOAA is seeking proposals that for advance monitoring technologies and techniques in the enforcement, surveillance and/or ecological monitoring fields within the monuments.

The 2015 competition has closed. Please check back in early fiscal year 2016 for next year’s competition details.


Pacific Islands Region Marine Turtle Management and Conservation Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Region Marine Turtle Management and Conservation Program is a competitive grant program that funds conservation, protection, or management actions supporting recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed sea turtle species occurring within the Pacific Islands Region (PIR) or aggregations that may be shared between the PIR and other Pacific nations. NMFS considers internationally-based projects targeting sea turtle populations that originate from the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (i.e., from areas outside U.S. jurisdiction) but which migrate through or forage within the PIR and are impacted by PIR activities managed by NMFS, as well as projects that are otherwise relevant to NMFS management and recovery obligations.

The PIR is comprised of the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) adjacent to the State of Hawaii, U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and the U.S. Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIAs) of Jarvis, Johnston, Wake, Howland and Baker Islands, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra and Midway Atolls. Sea turtle species with documented linkages to the PIR include: leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), North and South Pacific loggerhead (Caretta caretta) Distinct Population Segments, green (Chelonia mydas), and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea).

The 2015 competition has closed. Please check back in early fiscal year 2016 for next year’s competition details.


Partnerships for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery and Marine Mammal Response in the Pacific Islands Region

The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting competitive applications for the Partnerships for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery and Marine Mammal Response in the Pacific Islands Region. Projects are being solicited to support specific programmatic activities related to promoting the recovery of endangered Hawaiian monk seals and supporting responses to marine mammal strandings throughout the main Hawaiian Islands and U.S. Territories.

The 2015 competition has closed. Please check back in early fiscal year 2016 for next year’s competition details.


Community-based Marine Debris Removal

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) supports projects that catalyze the implementation of locally-driven, community-based marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Funding for this purpose comes through the NOAA Marine Debris Program as appropriations to the Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service. Projects awarded through this grant competition have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components involving the removal of marine debris, including derelict fishing gear. Projects also provide benefits to coastal communities, and create long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources.

The 2015 competition has closed. Please check back in early fiscal year 2016 for next year’s competition details.


Coral Reef Conservation Program - Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants 

This competitive program provides funding to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial organizations, and local and Indian tribal governments to support coral reef conservation projects in the United States, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000.

These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of Mexico. Projects may be proposed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands, but these locations are not considered geographic priorities under this announcement.

The 2015 competition has closed. Please check back in early fiscal year 2016 for next year’s competition details.

Updated: June 15, 2015