Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs offer funding opportunities

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Sep 15,  2010

Competitions to fund coastal storms, sea-level-rise and ecosystem-valuation projects

The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs have released requests for pre-proposals (RFPs) for regional research initiatives that total nearly $2.3 million in funding opportunities. Funding partners include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program.

The grant competitions focus on three initiatives that are relevant to the Gulf of Mexico region:

Ecosystem Services Valuation – The ecosystem services valuation initiative will assess the ecological, economic and social values of critical resources including oyster reefs, saline marshes and mangrove habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. University-based programs throughout the United States are eligible. A total of $1.3 million is available to fund projects.
NOAA’s Coastal Storms Program – The NOAA Coastal Storms Program funds projects that help coastal communities plan for, respond to and recover from coastal storms. A total of $450,000 is available to fund five to 10 projects. Local governments, non-profits, homeowner associations, business organizations and community-university partnerships in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana or Texas are eligible.
Sea-Level-Rise Data, Products and Tools – The sea-level-rise initiative is designed to utilize a regional sea-level-rise visualization tool under development by the NOAA Coastal Services Center. A total of $540,000 is available to fund about three projects in university-based programs in the Gulf of Mexico region.

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