The Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants is a tribute to the work and life of Dr. Ruth Gates. It aims to build on her efforts to address the decline in coral reefs through innovative science and research.
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.
This is the first competition under the new Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants. Projects funded through this opportunity will support:
- 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 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.
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, state, local and Native American tribal governments. All in-water work must be conducted within the U.S. coral jurisdictions. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, and others that are eligible to apply