[CDHC] Funding Opportunity Announcement: NOAA International Coral

Cheryl Woodley Cheryl.Woodley at noaa.gov
Thu Sep 8 17:55:28 EDT 2011

_2012 NOAA International Coral Cooperative Agreements_

For specific details on this opportunity, please refer to the full 
Federal Funding Opportunity announcement found at 
http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. Search for Funding Opportunity 
Number NOAA-NOS-IPO-2012-2003117 or CFDA Number 11.482. Please note that 
the pre-application is NOT to be submitted through Grants.gov.

Pre-applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard 
Time, on Friday, November 18, 2011, preferably by email to 
coral.grants at noaa.gov.  Final applications, by invitation only, must be 
received by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time, on Friday, February 17, 2012 
through www.grants.gov.
2012 AWARDS:
Approximately $300,000 may be available in FY 2012 to support 
cooperative agreements under this program including approximately 
$150,000 for the first 12 months of a 24-month cooperative agreement in 
the Wider Caribbean and approximately $150,000 for the first 12 months 
of a 24-month cooperative agreement in independent Samoa and the 
Southwest Pacific. Funding for both years will be subject to the 
availability of Federal appropriations and program priorities.


In FY 2012, the CRCP seeks to develop cooperative agreements that will 
build capacity for the development and effective implementation of 
marine protected areas (MPAs) as outlined in the NOAA Coral Reef 
Conservation Program International Strategy 2010-2015 (International 
Strategy) which can be found at:
The International Strategy is intended to strengthen and expand the CRCP 
international coral reef conservation efforts by providing twenty-year 
strategic goals and five-year objectives that the CRCP will work to 
address to effectively reduce threats to coral reefs internationally. It 
focuses on the regions and specific coral reef conservation activities 
where the CRCP can have the greatest impact while building on NOAA 
strengths, partnerships, resources and expertise.

Priority Goal One of the International Strategy calls for the CRCP to 
"Work with regional initiatives to build MPA networks and strengthen 
local management capacity to improve and maintain resilience of coral 
reef ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them" (Priority 
Goal 1, International Strategy). The intent of this goal is to build 
well-designed and effectively managed marine protected areas (MPAs) and 
marine protected area (MPA) networks by strengthening capacity to design 
and implement MPAs from local to regional levels. The goal also promotes 
science-based tools and MPA network principles, including connectivity, 
representativeness, protection of spawning aggregations, biodiversity, 
livelihood impacts, and resilience to climate change.

Depending on the availability of funds, CRCP will support cooperative 
agreements that address Objectives 2 through 5 listed under the 
International Strategy Priority Goal One for MPA capacity-building in 
each of the following two priority regions: the Wider Caribbean and 
Samoa and the Southwest Pacific. The objectives listed under this goal 
focus on building capacity to support the effective design, 
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of MPAs and MPA networks in 
coral reef ecosystems in priority international regions. Objective 2 
focuses on building long-term capacity for MPA practitioners while 
objectives 3-5 focus on meeting enforcement, financial, and scientific 
needs. Most of the objectives are focused on improving management of 
existing MPAs, which is prioritized over identifying new MPA sites.

For more details on the Priority Goal One objectives, please refer to 
the International Strategy.

Eligible applicants are limited to the following categories: 
institutions of higher education, U.S. and international non-profit 
organizations, non-US government authorities, and commercial 
organizations. Individuals and U.S. federal agencies are not eligible. 
For specific country eligibility, please refer to Section III.A of the 
FFO. The proposed work must be conducted at non-U.S. sites as described 
in Section I.B of the FFO.

Coral conservation projects funded under this program require a 1:1 
match. Matching funds must be from non-Federal sources and can include 
in-kind contributions and other non-cash support. Please refer to 
section III.B. Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement of the FFO for 
information on match waiver request requirements.

FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS WRITE TO: International.coral.grants at noaa.gov.

Cheryl Woodley, Ph.D.
Coral Health and Disease Program

Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.762.8862 Phone
843.762.8737 Fax
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov

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