Ocean Exploration 2016 Funding Opportunity

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology, Research,
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: Department of Commerce
What’s it worth?: $50,000 – $1,500,000

Ocean Exploration Funding Opportunities are available to fund Interdisciplinary Ocean exploration projecting in these areas:

  • Physical, chemical, and biological characterizations of deep, unknown or poorly known, ocean areas of deeper than 500m
  • Baseline characterization of marine archaeological resources
  • Technology advances for ocean exploration that applies to NOAA missions

Awards typically range between $50,000 to $1.5 million, based on fund availability; $3 million is available for allocation. Eligible applicants include:

  • Higher education institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Commercial organizations
  • International organizations
  • State governments
  • Local governments
  • Indian tribal governments
  • Federal agencies

This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements; however it does require specific, relevant permits and approvals including:

  • Work permits
  • Cultural resource approval
  • Environmental permits

To apply for this grant opportunity, eligible participant may obtain a grant packet from the Grants.gov website. Applicants must submit these components:

  • Pre-proposal

– Coversheet
– Not to exceed 2 pages
– On 8.5 x 11 inch paper with at least 12 point font
– Digital applications must have applicant’s name in file name

  • Full Proposal

– Coversheet
– Executive summary
– Project Description
– Budget
– Plan narrative
– References
– Existing Support
– Curriculum Vitae
– Letter of Commitment
– Required Forms
– NEPA statement
– 15 page maximum