The priority for this competition is identifying, tracking, understanding, and/or predicting trends and variability in the Gulf of Mexico’s living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them.
Applicants must propose work that addresses this priority in one or more of these areas of emphasis: 1) exploring trends in multiple species, 2) investigating the link between weather and/or climate and trends, 3) and examining the relationship between trends and economic activity.
Exploring trends in multiple species may include, but is not limited to, the investigation of how the trends and variability in multiple species respond to the same driver, trends and variability in food web dynamics, or multi-species stock assessments.
Investigating the link between weather and/or climate and trends may include, but is not limited to, the impact of hurricanes, precipitation events, winter storms, heat waves, drought, shifting temperature regimes, changes in sea level, and fluctuations in atmospheric or ocean circulation.
Examining the relationship between trends and economic activity may include, but is not limited to changes in economic activity measured as expenditures and revenues; income and employment generated; direct, indirect, and induced economic output, and changes in economic value.
NOAA is making approximately $15 million available now through this competition to fund approximately six projects for five years. An additional $15 million will be available for five year non-competitive renewals for high performing projects.