Matching Fund Opportunity for Hydrographic Surveys and Request for Partnership Proposals

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

Most Recent Deadline: 2/26/2021. This notice announces a pilot program to assess whether there is sufficient stakeholder interest in matching funds with Coast Survey to partner on ocean and coastal hydrographic surveys. Proposals will be evaluated and prioritized for funding based on submitted justifications. Coast Survey will select proposals using the review process and criteria evaluation described in section IX of this notice. If there is sufficient interest in the pilot program, Coast Survey plans to increase its allocation for matching funds in future years, as appropriations allow. The goal of this pilot program is to leverage NOAA and partner funds to acquire more coastal and ocean mapping data to a consistent standard for projects during FY2022. If appropriated funds are available, NOAA will match funds contributed by selected entities for hydrographic surveys. Coast Survey will receive the contributions through memoranda of agreement using the authority granted to NOAA under the Coast and Geodetic Survey Act of 1947 to receive and expend funds for collaborative hydrographic surveys (33 U.S.C. 883e).

Matching Funds: 


This matching fund opportunity is available to non-Federal entities. Examples of non-Federal entities include state and local governments, tribal entities, universities, researchers and academia, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and philanthropic partners. Qualifying proposals must demonstrate the ability to provide at least 50% matching funds, which would be transferred to NOAA by October 2021 using a memorandum of agreement. A coalition of non-Federal entities may assemble matching funds and submit a proposal jointly. In-kind contributions are welcome to strengthen the proposal, but do not count toward the match and therefore are not required.
Contact Information: 
Please feel free to send questions to Charles J. Wisotzkey ( or Ashely Chappell (