Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP)


The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program is soliciting feedback on an updated Rules and Policies document, which describes: the public review process for the policies; the policies applicable to soliciting and awarding Centers of Excellence by FLRACEP and the policies for lower tier subawards; the establishment and implementation of a program for FLRACEP to monitor compliance with its grant agreements; the measures FLRACEP will use to guard against conflicts of interest; and additional policies applicable to the Centers of Excellence grants process and their lower tier subgrantees.

This document will be available for review for a minimum of (45) days, starting November 1, 2018 on FLRACEP’s website (www.fio.usf.edu/flracep) and available by request from ehfetherston@fio.usf.edu. At the end of this period and after meaningfully incorporating public input, the final updated Rules and Policies will be posted to the website and supplemented by programmatic standard operating procedures documentation as well as requests for proposal releases.

Comments can be sent to:

Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program
Re: Rules and Policies Comment
Florida Institute Of Oceanography
University of South Florida
830 First St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


The Florida Institute of Oceanography is the Gulf Coast State Entity responsible for administering the Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP). This program is responsible for establishing Centers of Excellence in the State of Florida to produce outputs and outcomes related to one or more of the priority eligible disciplines named in the RESTORE Act. Program personnel are responsible for coordination of the competitive selection process for Florida’s Center of Excellence (CE) grants; developing CE award terms and conditions; monitoring performance based on required deliverables and metrics; and coordination with other Gulf restoration programs as mandated by the guidelines and RESTORE Act [section 1604(f)].

Department of the Treasury

This project was paid for [in part] with federal funding from the Department of the Treasury under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act).” Publications (except scientific articles or papers appearing in scientific, technical, or professional journals) produced with funds from this Award must display the following additional language: “The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Treasury.


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