National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Land Acquisition and Construction Program for Fiscal Year 2021


Funding Opportunity ID: 329645
Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2021-2006713
Opportunity Title: National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Land Acquisition and Construction Program for Fiscal Year 2021
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 11.420
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible applicants are NERRS lead state agencies or universities designated to receive NERRS operations funding through a Memorandum of Understanding with NOAA in coastal states and territories including the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes. Eligible applicants should meet requirements as stated in the NERRS regulations codified at 15 CFR 921.32 which are available online at Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners. Federal agencies and employees’ ‘in-kind’ services cannot be considered as part of an applicant’s match on shared costs. If federal agencies are collaborators, applicants are expected to provide detail on the planned level of federal engagement in the application. Examples might include, but are not limited to partnership services; serving in a review capacity; or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams.
Agency Code: DOC
Agency Name: Department of Commerce
Posted Date: Oct 30, 2020
Close Date: Feb 12, 2021
Last Updated Date: Oct 30, 2020
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $20,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,500,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) consists of estuarine areas of the United States and its territories designated and managed for research and educational purposes (Reserve). Each Reserve within the NERRS is chosen to represent a different bio-geographic region and to include a variety of ecosystem types in accordance with the classification scheme of the national program as specified in 15 CFR Part 921. By funding Reserve lead agencies and universities to conduct land acquisition and construction projects that support the NERRS mission, NOAA will strengthen protection of key land and water areas, enhance long-term protection of Reserve areas for research and education, and provide for facility and exhibit construction that meet the highest sustainable design standards possible. NOAA anticipates approximately $4.5 million in Fiscal Year 2021 will be available to designated lead Reserve agencies or universities in coastal states for approximately 5-20 construction and acquisition projects, and expected to range from approximately $20,000 to $1,000,000 per project and with project periods typically covering 12-36 months, depending on the availability of funds.
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