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Undersea Research

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Undersea Research


Federal Agency




Coast and Geodetic Survey Act, Public Law 80-373; Outer Continental Shelf, Section 21(e), 1978.






To place man safely undersea to conduct research in support of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and national science requirements.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for research and development and to purchase and/or lease technology in support of program goals.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutes, laboratories; any State, political subdivision of a State, or agency or office thereof; any individual.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with professional interests in marine science engineering.


Proposals with statement of work and estimated budget. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions and A-122 for nonprofit organization.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372 and OMB Circular No. A-102.

Application Procedure

Formal proposal to the headquarters office that documents fully the grant requirements and requested support with application for Federal Assistance (SF 424). This program is subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Part 24, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments and OMB Circular No. A-110, as applicable.

Award Procedure

Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluation.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 150 days from time of proposal submission.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance



Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports and performance reports are required quarterly. Final reports are required at the end of the grant period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees are required to maintain complete records for each grant to ensure funds are used pursuant to the statement of work.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $8,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$15,000 to $2,225,000.


Program Accomplishments

Not available.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Symposia Series for Undersea Research; National Solicitation of Research Proposals; Annual Report. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director, Office of Undersea Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-2427.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

11.405, Anadromous Fish Conservation Act Program
11.407, Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act Of 1986
11.417, Sea Grant Support
11.419, Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards
47.050, Geosciences


Examples of Funded Projects

Nutrient Cycling and Primary Productivity of Marine Ecosystems; Recruitment Processes of Fish and Invertebrates; Diving safety and physiology research; submarine venting of liquids and gases.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are evaluated on the degree to which they contribute to the goals and objectives of NOAA along with their relevance to national science requirements for the marine environment, and the extent of expected benefits, scientific quality, cost effectiveness, and other factors.


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