As part of our efforts to restore resilient coral ecosystems, NOAA is announcing the availability of approximately $500,000 in funding for coral restoration in 2020. The competition is in direct response to the recently completed National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs. This is the first competition under the new Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants.
We are seeking project proposals from non-federal partners to enhance coral resilience and improve the long-term success and efficiency of shallow-water coral reef restoration in a changing climate.
Globally, coral reefs are rapidly declining in health. Some coral restoration efforts have been successful at a local level. The development of innovative interventions are needed to improve the efficiency and long-term effectiveness of coral restoration activities. This will allow us to restore resilient, genetically diverse, and reproductively viable coral populations at a larger scale.
Research and development of interventions to improve coral resilience to environmental stressors.
- Research, development, and field-testing of novel techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of coral population enhancement.
The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2020. Award amounts will range from $100,000 to $1 million over a three-year project period.
This competition is a tribute to the work and life of Dr. Ruth Gates, former Director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and renowned coral researcher. It aims to build on her efforts to address the decline in coral reefs through innovative science and research.
"An investment in coral reef ecosystems is an investment in our natural resources, our economy, and ultimately our future," said Jennifer Koss, Director of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program. "NOAA is proud to honor the role Ruth played by creating a fund for the next generation of innovative research and development to support successful coral restoration."