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)].
This program and the component Centers of Excellence projects were paid for 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). 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.