Accepting Applications: NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program
NOAA is recruiting candidates for the 2023 Coastal Management Fellowship Program. This program's mission is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies. The two-year fellowship positions start in August 2023 and are available with the coastal programs in Connecticut, Maine, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, and with the Coastal States Organization. Applications are due January 27, 2023. Learn more about eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply here.
Accepting Applications: NOAA Knauss Fellowship
NOAA is accepting applications for the 2024 Knauss Fellowship Program. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders and former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Learn more and apply here.
FEMA Released Notice of Funding Opportunity for STORM Act Program
Beginning Feb. 1, FEMA will accept applications for the Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grant program that aims to foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster vulnerability and suffering. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $500 million in the Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF program over five years. For the first year of the program, FEMA will make $50 million available in capitalization grants to eligible states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, to fund low-interest loans. Fifteen Tribal Nations that received a major disaster declaration between Jan. 1, 2016, and Jan, 1, 2021, are also eligible for this first round of funding. Learn more here.
FEMA Released Updated Resources to Support State Mitigation Planning
The State Mitigation Planning Policy Guide is the official interpretation of the mitigation planning requirements in Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. The policy states what must be in a mitigation plan and does not explain how states should update their plans. To meet this need, FEMA updated its State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins. They give advice on how to meet the requirements in the Guide. The bulletins supplement the Guide with “how-tos” and resources about the entire planning process. They are organized around the four major steps in the mitigation planning process. Learn more and read the bulletins here.
Duke University Released New Report on Coastal Management Policies
Duke Universiity's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability released a new report which analyzes coastal habitat policy in six US states—California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. The report aims to identify promising policy approaches for improved protection and restoration of oyster reefs, mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrass. Read the report here.
Call for Nominations to New Marine and Coastal Area-based Management Advisory Committee
NOAA has announced the establishment of a new Marine and Coastal Area-based Management Advisory Committee to advise the agency on science-based approaches to area-based protection, conservation, restoration, and management in coastal and marine areas, including the Great Lakes. The scope of the Committee’s advice will include, but not be limited to, efforts consistent with the America the Beautiful initiative. Nominations and applications for the inaugural membership can be submitted until January 17, 2023. Learn more here.
FEMA Announces FY22 BRIC and FMA Notice of Funding Opportunities.
FEMA announced the FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. The funding level for BRIC has increased to $2.3 billion for FY22, with FMA funding increasing to $800 million. BRIC’s non-financial Direct Technical Assistance program will also increase to at least 40 communities (from 20) for the FY22 cycle. The application period closes on January 27, 2023. Learn more here.
NOAA Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) Program FY2023 Funding Competition: Island Resilience
The NOAA Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) Program is now accepting proposals for research projects beginning in Fiscal Year 2023. Through the FY2023 competition, NOAA’s AdSci Program is soliciting proposals for interdisciplinary and participatory research activities that address island-identified resilience needs in the Caribbean and Pacific; with an emphasis on projects that result in: (1) contextually relevant and usable information about climate impacts, vulnerabilities and solutions; (2) the evaluation, identification and strengthening of the adaptive capacities of institutions, communities, sectors and islands; (3) and/or the integration of climate information in adaptation planning, action and long-term resilience strategies. Full Applications are due by January 31, 2023. Learn more here.
Request for Information: Framing the National Nature Assessment
The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking input from the public to help inform the framing, development, and use of the National Nature Assessment. The USGCRP welcomes comments on the definition of nature, what questions the assessment can help answer, potential audiences and engagement processes, trends and projections, and relevant information sources. Comments are due March 31, 2023. More information on how to respond to this request, including guiding questions, can be found here.