The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a network of 29 coastal reserves designated to protect and study estuarine systems around the country. The NERRS Science Collaborative fosters the development and application of research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. Focus areas for the Science Collaborative include: climate change, water quality, habitat restoration, shoreline stabilization, ecosystem service valuation, and the application of data from the NERRS System Wide Monitoring Program. For more information on the current management needs of specific reserves, see the 2018 Reserve Management Needs (PDF).
The Science Collaborative offers grants for several types of activities, including collaborative research, integrated assessments, and science transfer efforts. These projects offer an opportunity for researchers and managers to define, co-develop, and deliver relevant and usable research and assessment results to address critical coastal management issues. Regardless of grant type, all Science Collaborative projects must address a need identified by one or several reserves, and project teams must work closely with intended users of project results.
Active Funding Opportunities
Other Types of Awards
From 2014-2016, the Science Collaborative issued annual requests for proposals (RFPs) for the following project types:
- Collaborative Research – Generating science that informs decisions
- Integrated Assessment – Evaluating options for action
- Science Transfer – Promoting the use of science
Due to the timeline of the University of Michigan’s cooperative agreement with NOAA, no additional RFPs for these multi-year types of projects are currently planned. To learn more about projects funded through these RFPs, visit the projects page.