FY2018 Marine Debris Prevention

The NOAA Marine Debris Program, authorized in the Marine Debris Act (33 U.S.C.

1951-1958), provides funding to prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment.

Projects awarded through this grant competition will encourage changes in behavior of a target


audience (such as students, teachers, industries, or the public) to address a specific marine debris issue, and will actively engage these groups in hands-on personal participation.

Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements.

Funding of up to $1,500,000 is expected to be available for Marine Debris Prevention grants in FY201 8. Typical awards will range from $50,000 - $150,00 0. Funding for this purpose comes through the NOAA Marine Debris Program as appropriations to the Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service.This solicitation is focused on efforts to prevent marine debris from entering the environment through targeted behavior change.

It is not intended for large-scale debris removal projects, deployment of catchment basins, or scientific research.
Agency: Department of Commerce


Estimated Funding: $1,500,000

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In accordance with the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris.

Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered.

Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition.All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways.

Foreign organizations and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant but can be listed as a sub-awardee or contractor.

NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of veterans, minority-serving institutions, and entities that work in underserved areas.

The NOAA MDP encourages proposals from, or involving any of the above types of institutionsApplications that have been submitted to other NOAA grant programs or as part of another NOAA grant may be considered under this solicitation.

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