REMINDER: Pre-applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, November 18, 2011, preferably by email tocoral.grants@...
2012 NOAA International Coral Cooperative Agreements
FULL FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT:
For specific details on this opportunity, please refer to the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement found athttp://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.
DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Pre-applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, November 18, 2011, preferably by email tocoral.grants@...
. Final applications, by invitation only, must be received by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time, on Friday, February 17, 2012 throughwww.grants.gov
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.
SUMMARY OF 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:http://coralreef.noaa.gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/currentgoals/resources/intl_strategy.pdf
. 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.
COST SHARING OR MATCH REQUIREMENTS:
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.
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