NOAA - Ecosystem Goal Team - To protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management
The National Sea Grant College Program
The National Sea Grant Program works closely with the 30 state Sea Grant programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state and Puerto Rico. Sea Grant provides a stable national infrastructure of programs serving as the core of a dynamic, national university-based network of over 300 institutions involving more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, educators, students, and outreach experts. This network works on a variety of topics vital to human and environmental health-topics such as water quality, coastal hazards, and biotechnology. Through their research, education, and outreach activities, Sea Grant has helped position the United States as the world leader in marine research and the sustainable development of coastal resources. Sea Grant activities exist at the nexus of local, state, national, and sometimes international interests. In this way, local needs receive national attention, and national commitments are fulfilled at the local level.
NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is comprised of the Ocean Exploration and National Undersea Research Programs.
- Ocean Exploration (OE)
Through its annual grant solicitation, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research sponsors exploratory expeditions, projects, and related field campaigns for the purpose of discovery and new understanding at our ocean and Great Lakes frontiers. These explorations are anticipated to revolutionize our knowledge baselines by exploring, characterizing, and mapping, at new and/or higher than existing scales, the ocean's living and non-living resources and its physical, chemical, biological, and archaeological characteristics. Data and observations resulting from the explorations will result in new discoveries, new insight, new knowledge, and new frontiers and will likely lead to the revision of existing paradigms or the formulation of new paradigms in the oceans poorly known and unknown regions.
- NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP)
The NURP component of OER provides NOAA with the unique ability to access the undersea environment either directly with submersibles and technical diving, or virtually using robots and seafloor observatories. NURP provides scientists with the tools and expertise they need to investigate the undersea environment, including submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, mixed gas diving gear, underwater laboratories and observatories, and other cutting edge technologies. NURP provides extramural grants to both the federal and non-federal research community through regional centers and the National Institute of Undersea Science and Technology, while assisting scientists in acquiring data and observations that provide the information necessary to address a variety of NOAA's priority goals.
NOAA Fisheries Service Cooperative Research Program
NOAA Fisheries Service Cooperative Research Program provides a means for commercial and recreational fishermen to become involved in the collection of fundamental fisheries information to support the development and evaluation of management options. In cooperative research, industry and other stakeholders can partner with NOAA and university scientists, in all phases of the program, including survey/ statistical design, conducting of research, analysis of results, and communication of results.
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)
This website contains the necessary instructions and forms for preparation of an application package for a CSCOR/Coastal Ocean Program proposal submission. The information package provided here is taken from the current standard NOAA Grants & Cooperative Agreement Application Package released by the NOAA Grants Management Division.