Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant

What is the aim of the Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant?

The Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant aims to enduring partnerships between the Federal government and institutions of research and higher education for cooperative science and education on marine issues, especially living marine resources and their habitat, that confront local, regional, and national resources managers. It also aims to award grants and cooperative agreements to develop innovative approaches and methods for marine and estuarine science and education.

Who are eligible to apply for a Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant?

State, U.S. territorial, and private institutions of higher learning and education, especially universities and colleges, with which the National Marine Fisheries Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has entered into, or may enter into, an enduring partnership for purposes of research and education on the marine environment.

Private and public research organizations affiliated with institutions of higher learning, and national and international organizations and programs dedicated to marine and estuarine research, education, and outreach may also apply for the Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant.

How to Apply for the Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant?

Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct.

Preapplication coordination is required.An applicant for the Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Where to send applications for the Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant?

Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office – Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

For more information on the Cooperative Science and Education Program Grant, contact:

Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.

Program contacts: Alaska: Mr. James M. Coe, Deputy Director, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Pt. Way NE., Bldg. 4, Seattle, WA 98115-6349. Telephone: (206) 526-4000. Fax: (206) 526-4004. E-mail:

Northeast: Dr. Ken Sherman, Chief, Office of Marine Ecosystem Studies, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 28 Tarzwell Drive, Narragansett, RI, 02882. Telephone: (401) 782-3211. Fax: 401-782-3201. E-mail:

Northwest: Dr. Robert Iwamoto, OMI Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097. Telephone: (206) 860-3200. Fax: (206) 860-3442. E-mail:

Southeast: Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Telephone (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364.
Southwest: Dr. Richard Neal, Deputy Science Director, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92038-1508. Telephone: (858) 546-7066. Fax: (858) 546-7003. E-mail:

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