The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has released its next federal funding opportunity (FFO-2017), which is focused on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats (click here for full announcement).  This funding competition continues the Science Program’s commitment to producing timely and high-quality scientific findings and products to support the management and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including its fisheries.

The funding competition has two priorities. A research priority directed at six specific areas of living coastal and marine resource research and a decision-support tool priority directed at improving the tools available for resource management.

Applicants must demonstrate clear connections to relevant management and restoration entities that will use the results of their proposed work. They must define the specific steps they will use to ensure the application of their findings or the decision-support tool they develop.

The amount of funding available in this competition will be up to approximately $17 million and the program anticipates funding between five and ten projects under the research priority and five to ten projects under the decision-support tool priority. Projects may be from one to three years in duration.

Letters of intent are due by July 8, 2016 and the deadline for submitting a full application is September 27, 2016.  Please see the full announcement for complete instructions on how to submit a proposal. Additional information about FFO-2017 including frequently asked questions can be found on the program’s website.

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Julien Lartigue

Director

NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program