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Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, and For-Profits for the Removal of Waste in Marine Environments

Marine Debris Removal under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)


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Funding Source
US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
CFDA Number: 11.999
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-NOS-ORR-2022-2006974
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/05/22 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories agencies, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and for-profits for the assessment, prevention, and removal of waste and debris in marine environments. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The overall objective of this funding opportunity is to make tangible, beneficial impacts to coastal and marine habitats and communities across a broad geographic scale, through a variety of marine debris removal methods.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program, authorized in the Marine Debris Act, codified at 33 U.S.C. § 1951 et seq., supports the development and implementation of marine debris assessment, removal, and prevention projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and marine and Great Lake resources. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding made available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (PL 117-58) to support impactful marine debris removal efforts throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and Freely Associated States. There are two separate priorities for this solicitation: the first priority aims to support highly capable applicants in creating and administering national and/or regional marine debris removal programs (hereafter, “partnerships”) for the removal and disposal of large marine debris, such as abandoned and derelict vessels, derelict fishing gear, and other large debris. The second priority aims to support marine debris removal through the development, deployment, and management of proven interception technologies to capture ocean and Great Lakes bound trash and marine debris in coastal riverine, shoreline, estuarine, and urban environments.

The NOFO describes the types of partnerships and projects that are eligible for funding, as well as the proposal requirements and criteria under which applications will be evaluated for funding consideration. Funding of up to $56 million is expected to be available split between both priorities of this solicitation. NOAA expects to support between six to ten partnerships under Priority 1, but may support more or fewer based on the merit of submitted applications and their proposed geographies and scale. For Priority 2, the number of marine debris interception projects will be based on the merit of submitted applications. 

This funding opportunity will support organizations that will collaborate with diverse entities and groups. These include (but are not limited to) collaborations with public and nonprofit organizations, community and watershed groups, anglers, boaters, industry (e.g., commercial and recreational fishing industries, other marine industries, and plastic and waste management industries), corporations and businesses, youth groups, students, landowners, academia, tribal governments, and local and state government agencies.

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  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
As outlined in the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants for projects taking place in the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and Freely Associated States (or their adjacent waterways), are state, local, tribal, and territory governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris. Equally eligible are any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition. Foreign public entities (see 2 CFR 200.1) from outside of the Freely Associated States are not eligible to apply.

NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of veterans, minority-servinginstitutions, and entities that work in underserved and underrepresented areas. The NOAAMDP encourages applicants of all backgrounds, circumstances, perspectives, and ways ofthinking to apply. Applications that have been submitted to other NOAA grant programs or as part of anotherNOAA grant may be considered under this solicitation. Applicants should indicate if the proposal has been submitted elsewhere for funding as described in the Budget Justification referenced in Section IV. Application and Submission Information (Subsection B “Contentand Form of Application”) of this announcement.

Funding restrictions may be found at

Pre-Application Information
Dates: Full proposals must be submitted through and validated by on or before 11:59 p.m. ET, October 5, 2022 (deadline extended).

Applicants are strongly recommended to begin the application submission process early. NOAA will not accept late submissions. Applicants are strongly advised to submit in advance of the deadline. Please plan accordingly. Due to limited staff presence in federal offices, hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

Cost sharing, leveraged funds, and inkind support will make projects more competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to combine NOAA federal funding with formal matching contributions and informal leverage from a broad range of sources in the public and private sectors. To this end, applicants should note that cost sharing and leverage of other funds is an element considered in the evaluation criteria.

To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 31 U.S.C. 6101 note, to the extent applicable, any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to apply via and to be funded by NOAA. Applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application and continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. The federal awarding agency may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable SAM requirements. If an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the federal awarding agency is ready to make a federal award, the federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a federal award to another applicant.

Applicants should allow a minimum of several weeks to complete the SAM registration process. Existing registrations may need to be renewed, as such applicants should plan accordingly

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
NOAA expects to support between six to ten partnerships under the first priority, but may support more or less based on the merit of submitted applications and their proposed geographies and scale. The number of marine debris interception projects will be based on the merit of submitted applications.

Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum federal request for Priority 1 is $1,000,000. The maximum federal request for Priority 1 is $15,000,000. The minimum federal request for Priority 2 is $100,000. The maximum federal request for Priority 2 is $1,000,000.

Term of Contract
Applications should cover a project period of performance from two to four years in duration. The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be January 1, 2023 – applicants should consider this date when developing plans for initiating proposed project activities.

Contact Information
For further information contact:
Tom Barry

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