Sunday, March 30, 2008

Grants for Technology Projects Reducing Entanglement in Oceans Or Other Research Or Projects Reducing Marine Debris

From The Foundation Center...

Marine Debris Research and Technology Grants Program Invites Proposals

Deadline: May 5, 2008 (Pre-proposals)

The Marine Debris Research and Technology Grants Program, a partnership between the NOAA Marine Debris Program ( ) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( ), provides grants to organizations working on projects to improve understanding of the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal resources and to reduce and prevent debris in the marine environment.

The program provides competitive grants to finance innovative proposals that seek to work with marinas, ports, and the fishing industry to significantly reduce the occurrence of debris. Technology proposals related to new innovations in gear development designed to prevent loss or entanglement are a high priority and strongly encouraged. In addition, the program is accepting research proposals that address the biological, social, or economic impact of marine debris on species, habitat, and coastal businesses. Priority activity areas include Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Puget Sound, the Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Southeast Florida (Atlantic), and NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, and state (including Commissions), local, and tribal governments whose projects have the potential to benefit NOAA trust resources through marine debris research and prevention projects. Approximately $800,000 is available in total funding for calendar year 2008. The majority of grants are anticipated to fall between $20,000 and $200,000 each. Applications smaller than $10,000 will not be considered for support.

Visit the NFWF Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures. RFP Link:

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