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Now Open: FY2021 Grant Opportunity for Marine Debris Research Projects

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 — On September 15, the NOAA Marine Debris Program announced the FY 2021 notice of funding opportunity for Marine Debris Research projects.

NOAA will fund research projects that projects that investigate and identify the critical input pathways for marine debris introduction into the coastal zone (shoreline or nearshore), including evaluation of appropriate simultaneous pathways of riverine transport downstream, surface runoff, stormwater discharge, and wind-driven transport, as well as degradation and fragmentation of debris during transport. Projects should be original, hypothesis-driven projects that have not previously been addressed to scientific standards. 

The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission period for research projects will extend from September 15 to November 5, 2020. Applicants who submit successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal following the LOI review period. NOAA will select projects through a rigorous and highly competitive merit review process, with awards announced in the late summer of 2021, depending on the availability of appropriations. For more information on this FY 2021 grant opportunity, please visit and the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s website.

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Last updated Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:44pm PST