Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP)


 FLRACEP RFP III Funding Opportunity Application Information PDF




The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP) is announcing its third request for proposals. This RFP includes up to $2 million in Center of Excellence (CoE) grants across three topical areas: marine wildlife (sea birds, marine mammals, and sea turtles), Florida Panhandle estuary system assessment, and West Florida benthic mapping.


Detailed information about the FLRACEP RFP III funding opportunity, including application information, can be found below. Please review the FLRACEP Rules and Policies document for all programmatic requirements before submitting an application. Pre-proposal LOIs (due February 8, 2019) and full proposals (due April 8, 2019) should be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format to flracep@usf.edu.

Key Deadlines

  • LOIs are due February 8, 2019 at 5pm eastern time
  • LOI feedback will be sent by March 8, 2019 and consist of: Encouraged, Highly Encouraged, or Discouraged from submitting a full proposal (any applicant submitting a LOI may submit a full proposal, regardless of the feedback received)
  • Full proposals are due April 8, 2019 at 5pm eastern time
  • External science review of proposals April 22 – May 3, 2019 (approximate)
  • Program Management Team review and decision May 21 – May 22, 2019
  • Decision letters sent by June 3, 2019

Eligible Entities

FLRACEP grants may only be awarded to a Florida-based (i.e. headquartered and primarily operating in Florida) non-governmental public or private institution of higher education (lead PI from same) or other not-for-profit institution. The Florida-based headquarters must primarily operate in Florida in the area of ocean and coastal research, support an established infrastructure capable of receiving and administering a federal grant, and have a history of successful grant management. NGOs with national headquarters elsewhere may utilize their Florida offices that meet these conditions.

NOTE: All eligible applicants must already have all necessary federal, state, and local government permits and must be able to provide a copy of these upon request.

An individual may only be the lead Principal Investigator (PI) on one CoE grant proposal, but may participate in others in any other capacity. It is the responsibility of the submitters to confirm that each member of the entire team is within the eligibility guidelines.

RFP III Information



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