Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology

The RESTORE Act Science program will increase understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and support its long-term sustainability, including its fish stocks, habitats, wildlife, and fishing industries.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Mary Erickson, Director National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 1305 East West Highway, SSMC4, #8211 Silver Spring, MD 20910 , phone number 301-713-3020; fax 301-713-4044,

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements may be used to fund research to address the science needs in the Gulf of Mexico related to the objectives outlined in the RESTORE Act legislation.

The funds provided may not be used:
• for any existing or planned research led by NOAA, unless agreed to in writing by the
grant recipient;
• to implement existing regulations or initiate new regulations promulgated or proposed by
NOAA; or
• to develop or approve a new limited access privilege program (as that term is used in
section 303A of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16

1853a)) for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic,
New England, or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, not-for- profit institutions, State, local and Indian tribal governments, commercial organizations and Federal agencies.

All applicants will be treated equally in the competitive process.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The five Gulf Coast states: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama.


Proposals with statement of work, estimated budget, and curriculum vitae; Costs will be determined in accordance with relevant OMB Cost Principles, which NOAA anticipates will be located at 2 C.F.R. Part 200 for State and local governments, educational institutions, and for nonprofit organizations. For commercial organizations, costs will be determined in accordance with 48 C.F.R. Part 31. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Send an application for financial assistance (Form SF-424 and other required forms as specified in the published Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO)) to NCCOS/CSCOR with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount in response to a current funding announcement only. Applications should be submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the funding opportunity number and/or the CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. This program is subject to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, which NOAA anticipates will be located at 2 C.F.R. Part 200

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of competitive peer review of proposals.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 1604 of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) (Subtitle F of Pub. L No. 112-141), Public Law 112-141.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. From 90 to 210 days from the time of proposal receipt.


Not applicable.


By negotiation with the NCCOS/CSCOR Office; multi- year awards of two to five years may be approved. Once awarded, multi- year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

From one to five years, with funding approved annually. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released or reimbursed as agreed upon in the Standard and any Special Terms and Conditions required for each grant/cooperative agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are required.

Federal Financial Reports are required for this program.

Progress reports are required for this program.

Federal Financial Reports are required for this program.

Performance monitoring is required for this program.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. OMB Circular No. A-133


Records will be retained in accordance with relevant provisions of OMB Circulars, which NOAA anticipates will be located at 2 C.F.R. Part 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $2,000,000; and FY 15 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Relevant RESTORE Act regulations promulgated by Treasury. In addition, NOAA anticipates publishing an FFO setting out program priorities.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Mary Erickson, Director National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 1305 East West Highway, SSMC4, #8211 Silver Spring, MD 20910 , phone number 301-713-3020; fax 301-713-4044,

Headquarters Office

Laura J. Golden 1305 East West Hwy, Silver Spring,, Maryland 20901 Email: Phone: 3017133338151

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are evaluated by competitive peer review taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and applicability to the RESTORE Act goals and objectives. Principal investigators" qualifications and cost are also considered, with costs subject to negotiation.

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