Chesapeake Bay Studies

To provide financial assistance for research and development projects that will provide information for the living marine resources of Chesapeake Bay.

In addition, assistance is provided for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Initiative (B-WET).

The B-WET Program will
work with and support organizations that provide environment-based education to students, teachers, and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

In addition, assistance is provided for research and restoration of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Contact: Derek Orner, Fishery Biologist or Shannon Sprague, Education Coordinator.

Telephone: (410) 267-5660.

Fax: (410) 267-5666.

E-mail: or

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Virginia Institute Of Marine Science $ 49,988   2012-07-012013-06-30
University Of Maryland Baltimore County-$ 44   2010-04-012012-11-30
University Of Maryland Baltimore County $ 197,797   2012-01-012012-10-31
University Of Maryland Center For Environmental Science $ 99,775   2010-08-012012-07-31
Environmental Quality, Virginia Department Of $ 134,327   2008-10-012012-03-31
University Of Florida Leadership And Education Foundation Inc $ 5,000   2011-03-012011-09-30
University Of Maryland Center For Environmental Science $ 261,653   2007-10-012011-09-30
Chesapeake Research Consortium Inc $ 2,494,369   2006-06-012011-05-31
Wildfowl Trust Of North America, Inc. $ 249,750   2010-04-012011-03-31
University Of Maryland $ 3,368,785   2007-12-012010-11-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to improve surveys and fisheries statistics, investigate living marine resource linkages with dependent habitats and conduct research in support of fisheries stock assessments in conjunction with cooperative, long-term data collection programs for the Bay's living marine resources.

Funding can also be used to support environmental-based education, expand student Chesapeake Bay or stream outdoor experiences, improve opportunities for teachers to receive professional training in the area of environmental education, and promote internship opportunities for students and teachers in the field of environmental education.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, State, local and Indian tribal governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State and local governments, universities, independent school divisions, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.


Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs applications and conduct. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office - Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

Award Procedures

Proposals are initially evaluated by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, and then are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national and regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects recommended for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division for Department of Commerce clearance and processing procedures. In additions, funds may be provided on a sole source basis for priority projects for the stewardship of Chesapeake Bay resources.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


NOAA Authorization Act of 1992; Fish and Willdlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C 661-666c; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 753a; Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002, Public Law 102-567; Commerce and Trade, 15 U.S.C 1540.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 working days.


No formal appeal procedure. If an application is unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicant.


Multi-year awards of up to three years may be approved. Once awarded, multi-year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years, however proposals may be subject to a technical evaluation. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants/cooperative awards are normally made for one year. Assistance is released via the NOAA Financial Assistance Disbursement System (FADS). Awards are normally for a 12-month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12-months, or may be completed in less than 12-months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Semi-annual progress and financial reports are due six months after the start date of the award.

Progress reports should summarize all work accomplished during the six months following the start date of the award and the financial reports should reflect the use of funds.

A final report is due 90 days after completion of the project.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three- year retention period; whichever is latest.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $3,406,725; FY 17 est $3,406,725; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Contact: Derek Orner, Fishery Biologist or Shannon Sprague, Education Coordinator. Telephone: (410) 267-5660. Fax: (410) 267-5666. E-mail: or

Headquarters Office

n/a n/a, n/a, Non-U.S. n/a Phone: n/a

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Consideration is given to projects that directly relate to the interstate/governmental Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement. Consideration is measured amongst several criterion including: project description and conceptual approach for resolution; soundness of project design/technical approach; project management and experience and qualification of personnel; justification and allocation of the budget in terms of the work to be performed; demonstration of project partnerships; and continued teacher involvement and communication.

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