National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students

The summary for the National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Department of Commerce, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students: The goal of this funding opportunity is to expose high school students in the United States and its territories to the excitement of ocean sciences and related fields as well as careers in those fields through an academic competition and related activities. Proposed projects must address at least one of the goals of NOAA’s Education Strategic Plan listed in section I.A.1 and incorporate relevant NOAA assets. To achieve project goals, applicants should partner with NOAA offices and programs; academic institutions; other nonprofit organizations (including free-choice learning venues and nongovernmental organizations); state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States; and other US federal agencies. Although it is expected that the project's focal point will be a tiered academic competition with regional and national-level events involving approximately 2000 students annually, it should also provide additional learning experiences for student participants, their peers, and their teachers, such as internships and field and/or laboratory research experiences. The project should also provide opportunities to connect students with scientists who can serve as mentors and introduce them to STEM careers, particularly in the ocean sciences. Projects must have an evaluation that monitors the quality of the experience for the participants (be they students, teachers, or volunteers) and measures the impact of the program on the participants during the award period. Proposed projects must be between three and five years in duration and have federal requests of $900,000 to $1,900,000 for all years of the project with annual federal requests of no more than $300,000 for Year 1 and $400,000 for all subsequent years. We intend to make one award under this funding announcement and anticipate it will be made by August 1, 2020. Under this scenario, the project funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than August 1, 2020.
Federal Grant Title: National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
Federal Agency Name: Department of Commerce (DOC)
Grant Categories: Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-SEC-OED-2020-2006357
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 11.008
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: April 21st, 2020
Original Application Deadline: April 21st, 2020
Posted Date: February 18th, 2020
Creation Date: February 18th, 2020
Archive Date: May 18th, 2020
Total Program Funding: $1,900,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,900,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $900,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: February 19th, 2020
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. For profit organizations, foreign institutions, and foreign organizations are not eligible to apply, but may be project partners. Federal and foreign government agencies are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners, where the cost for proposed partner activities will be taken out of the partners own operating budget. An institution may apply only once through this funding opportunity. An individual may serve only once as a Principal Investigator (PI) through this funding opportunity.
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