The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP) engages a broad cross-section of participants with interest and expertise in science, technology, and monitoring (RESTORE Act regulations, sub-part H, section §34.704) in at least one of the eligible “priority disciplines.”

Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP) priority areas include coastal fisheries, wildlife, and ecosystem research/monitoring in the Gulf Coast Region; and comprehensive observation, monitoring, and mapping of the Gulf of Mexico. These priorities were selected from among the eligible RESTORE Act disciplines after a public scoping/public input process [see FLRACEP Program Rules and Policies_2016 (PDF) for additional detail].




FLRACEP RFP III.5 – Facilitating Development of a Standardized Mapping Framework

The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program is issuing a Request for Proposals to establish a (single) West Florida Shelf Standardized Mapping Framework Center of Excellence. The selected Center of Excellence will facilitate a collaborative effort to develop a framework for aggregating benthic habitat data on the West Florida Shelf.

 FLRACEP RFP III.5 Funding Opportunity Application Information PDF

Timeline: 24-36 months*

One possible CoE award

*note that the successful applicant could be eligible for up to ten additional years of funding to implement the framework in the Gulf of Mexico, depending on Program Management Team approval, satisfactory completion of the initial scope of work, available funding, and other factors

Available funding: $350,000

Key Deadlines

  • RFP III.5 Release date: November 12, 2019
  • Informational webinar: November 19, 2019, 3-4pm (details below)
  • LOIs are due December 11, 2019 at 5pm eastern time
  • LOI feedback will be sent by December 16, 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 February 10, 2020 at 5pm eastern time
  • SRP review February 10-Feb 21, 2020
  • PMT review February 10-Feb 28, 2020
  • PMT decision early March 2020


To build a process for and get community agreement on a framework to support effective and dynamic aggregation of current and future benthic mapping data.


Informational Webinar Slides

Appendix: FLRACEP RFP III.5 Application Conditions

Updated Federal Travel Policy

RFP III.5 Information

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