Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology, Research,
Eligible Sector: Business
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: National Science Foundation
What’s it worth?: $5,000 – $8,000,000

The Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support program was established for the procurement, conversion, and upgrade of platforms in the

  • Ocean
  • Coastal
  • Near-shore
  • Great Lakes

Funding efforts support facilities that share resources within a broad range of other research and education programs. This program is divided into six program categories:

  • Ship Operations
  • Oceanographic Technical Services
  • Oceanographic Instrumentation
  • Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment
  • Ship Acquisition and Upgrade
  • Other Facility Activities

Awards typically range between $5,000 and $8 million with a two to five year duration. Eligible participants include:

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Nonprofits
  • Non-academic organizations

There are no defined limitations on the number of PIs, Co-PIs, or number of proposals that can be submitted for each organization. Applications are accepted at anytime but will only be reviewed during grant window dates in November and December. All applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website during target dates and before the deadline. To successfully submit on the website, applicants must also have a DUNS number, an identification number from the NSF, and SAM registration.

Eligible applicants typically will submit a letter of intent expressing interest in the program and intention to apply; absence of a letter of intent will result in a rejection of a full proposal. After submitting a letter of intent eligible applicants will be invited to submit a preliminary proposal or full proposal depending on the history of the applicant and the information received from the letter of intent. A full proposal includes:

  • General Information
  • Certifications
  • Necessary Proprietary or Privileged Information
  • Cover Sheet
  • Project Summary
  • Table of Contents
  • Project Narrative
  • Supporting References
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Budget
  • Current and Pending Support
  • Available resources
  • Data Management Plan
  • Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)