The Research Strategy identifies key topical near-term (< 2 years) and mid-term (2–5 years) research needs including articulation of the scientific and technical problems underlying these needs, potential outcomes, and multi-disciplinary opportunities. The Research Strategy was developed in coordination with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), a Technical Working Group comprised of researchers from Louisiana academic institutions, Research Strategy Contributing Experts, and participants of a Coastal Research Priorities Town Hall meeting held in conjunction with Louisiana Sea Grant.

Since the Research Strategy will guide competitive research grants, it is written for a technical audience. In addition, the Strategy doesn’t specify geographies or research methods in order to allow researchers to be innovative in their proposed approach.

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Standard Terms and Conditions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury administers the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana is the designated entity for Louisiana and The Water Institute of the Gulf is the named Center of Excellence. The program is funded through the RESTORE Act’s Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund and is governed by the RESTORE Act final rule at 31 C.F.R. Part 34. Further, grant recipients under the RESTORE Act must comply with the guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget entitled, “Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” as well as Treasury-specific guidance and CPRA Policies.

The Center will enter into a cost-reimbursable subaward agreement with the lead organization. The lead organization is responsible for executing all lower-tier agreements and incorporating all applicable terms and conditions. Terms and conditions applicable to the Center's awards are made available below for reference. A subaward template is also made available for review by potential proposers; this is a draft and is subject to change. Final subaward terms and conditions will be included in the executed subaward agreement.


Eligible entities: Academic institutions, private firms, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies are all eligible for various categories of awards.

Federal agency eligibility: Federal agencies are eligible to apply and participate on other proposals, however, each federal agency must determine in advance of submitting a proposal whether their agency rules allow them to participate in this program and receive funding. Interagency transfers from Treasury to federal agencies are not supported; awards are to be made by the Center. Per the RESTORE Act Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions and Program-Specific Terms and Conditions, Section S. Procurement, Item 5, any award made by the Center to a federal agency or employee must have prior written approval of Treasury’s Office of General Counsel before any award is executed.

DUNS Number: All applicants must provide their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Check with your organization to identify or obtain a DUNS number.