FY2020 Marine Debris Removal

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

§ 1951 et seq., supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources.



awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological benefits and habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with highest priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris.

Projects should also foster awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts.

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

Funding of up to $2,500,000 is expected to be available for Marine Debris Removal grants in Fiscal Year 202 0. The typical funding level for the federal share of project awards ranges from $50,000 to $150,00 0. Funding for this grant competition comes through the NOAA Marine Debris Program as appropriations to the Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service.

Related Programs

Marine Debris Program

Department of Commerce

Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $2,500,000

Who's Eligible

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This year’s competition will have a pre-proposal requirement (hereafter described as Letter of Intent; LOI), which has changed the submission deadlines for this competition.

This funding opportunity requires a letter of intent to be submitted before full proposals will be invited.

Letters of intent must be received via email (as an attachment) no later than 11:59 p.m.

Eastern time, September 4, 2019.

If invited per the instructions in this announcement, full proposals must then be submitted through and validated by Grants.gov, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service on or before 11:59 p.m.

EST, December 4, 2019.

As outlined in the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants are state, local, tribal, and territory 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 involved as project partners.

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 institutions.

Applications 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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