NOAA RESTORE Science Program 2023

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/NCCOS is soliciting proposals for the NOAA RESTORE Science Program for projects up to five years in duration.

This announcement invites proposals that request funding from researcher, resource manager, and stakeholder partnerships


to execute a previously planned, collaborative research project, develop its findings and products, transfer them to an identified resource manager or management body, and apply them to a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision.

Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund.

It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this Announcement will be made in June 2023, and that projects funded under this Announcement will have an October 1, 2023 start date.

Total funding for this competition will be approximately $15 million over five years and approximately 10 projects may be funded.

The maximum individual award amount is approximately $2,000,000 for up to five years in duration.

Information regarding this Announcement, including webinars and additional background information, is available on the Science Program website (
Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $15,000,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Science program website

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Letters of intent (LOI) are required for this Announcement and should be submitted by email ( ahead of the deadline (11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on August 16, 2022).

Each full proposal must substantially comply with the 18 elements listed under Required Elements in section IV.B.3.(1)-(18) and should be submitted via ( ahead of the deadline (11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on November 15, 2022).

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; not-for-profit institutions; for-profit organizations; local, state, and tribal governments; and U. S. territories and federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to accept funding for this type of work.

The lead applicant must be from a U.S.-based entity.

Science Program funding opportunities may not be used to hire and fund the salaries of any permanent federal employees.

Federal award recipients may use their funding to cover travel, equipment, supplies, and contractual personnel costs associated with the proposed work.

Investigators are not required to be employed by an eligible entity that is based in one of the five Gulf of Mexico States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas).

However, investigators that are not employed by or associated with Gulf of Mexico-based eligible entities are strongly encouraged to collaborate with partners from Gulf of Mexico-based eligible entities.

Foreign researchers may participate by submitting a subaward or contract through an eligible U. S. entity.

Science Program funding may not be spent in Cuba.

The Department of Commerce and NOAA support cultural and gender diversity and encourage proposals involving women and minority investigators, participants, and groups.

In addition, the Department of Commerce and NOAA are strongly committed to broadening the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas.

The Department of Commerce and NOAA encourage any of the above institutions to apply.

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