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2014 Special Projects Funding Availability Announcement - This competition is closed -

Competition: NOAA Sentinel Site Cooperatives

Closing Date: May 22, 2014

Date of Posting: April 22, 2014. The NOAA National Sea Grant Office and the NOAA Sentinel Site Program anticipate that up to $200,000 in total Federal funding will be available to support Sea Grant Extension (SGE) projects at NOAA’s Sentinel Sites under this announcement. Consult the Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, evaluation criteria, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.  Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECT "C" under this Opportunity in grants.gov

The funding will be used to support Sea Grant Extension (SGE) agents at NOAA’s five Sentinel Site Cooperatives (Cooperatives) over the period September 2014 to August 2016. The initial emphasis will be on supporting resiliency to sea level change and coastal inundation.  More information about NOAA’s Sentinel Site Program can be found at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/sentinelsites/

The Cooperatives use a place-based approach to address issues of local, regional and national significance. Experts, spanning the science-service-stewardship continuum, are brought together to inform management decisions at NOAA’s Trust Resources, such as NERRS sites and neighboring communities. Five Cooperatives currently comprise the NOAA Sentinel Site Program:

The SGE agents will serve as local Cooperative Coordinators and devote approximately 50 percent of their time to this effort. By serving in this capacity, the Coordinators will support the transfer of climate science-related information among Cooperative participants and ensure that such information is made accessible to a wide range of users and stakeholders in the affected Cooperative region. 

 More specifically, the SGE agents who are Cooperative Coordinators will:

  • in the identification of Sentinel Site knowledge gaps and options for filling them assist in involving other NOAA regional assets, including Sea Grant, with the Cooperative;
  • expand local partnerships by attracting other key members of the community, including resource managers and planners and organizing informational meetings/webinars on the NOAA Sentinel Site Program to seek additional support;
  • represent the Sentinel Site at local, regional and national meetings;  prepare communication materials for various events, newsletters, etc.;
  • organize training programs on the risks and challenges of sea level rise and coastal inundation;
  • better integrate research projects with extension programming by working with researchers on priorities and ensuring that the projects are mutually beneficial;
  • seek additional funding support by applying for regional and national funding opportunities;
  • update implementation plans based on feedback from the Cooperative and develop/report on milestones and progress; 
  • communicate with other Cooperatives and NOAA headquarters representatives as to status, progress, climate science and research needs and information gaps.

It is anticipated that no more than five applications will be selected. Applications may request up to $40,000 in federal funding per year, and should be two years in duration. Each proposal must include non-federal matching funds equaling no less than 25% of the total requested federal funds. Applications should propose a start date of September 1, 2014, and an end date of August 31, 2016. An application must include the following components as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity: SF-424 form, 90-2 Project Summary (use the "Short Form"), and Project Description. In addition, a 90-4, SF 424A, and SF 424B are required. The "Short Form" 90-2 and 90-4 forms are available online on the Sea Grant Forms and Templates web page; the other forms are in the grant.gov application package. 

Applications must be submitted to grants.gov to Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014- 2004033, Special Project "C", no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on May 22, 2014.

This competition is only open to: Sea Grant Colleges, Sea Grant Institutions, Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs, the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the National Sea Grant Library. 

For further information about this National Strategic Investment, please consult Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available on the Federal Grant Opportunity website, grants.gov, or send questions to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov.

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