Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program funds a number of projects through a state-overseen RFP process. The program, in its 10th year, is a result of the RESTORE Act and the BP award money for science and research regarding the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 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].
Please see the FLRACEP Resources Page for policies, helpful links, forms, templates, and FAQ’s.
FLRACEP Funds are managed and distributed by the US Department of the Treasury
FLRACEP RFP Overview
RFP I awards
The first award process encompassed the initial oil spill research projects conducted in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Examining fisheries impacts of invasive lionfish with an Ecopath with Ecosim model. University of Florida
- Biological and economic indicators for assessing recreational fisheries. University of Miami
- Improving products derived from monitoring data in ecosystem models of the Gulf of Mexico. University of Miami
- Fishery-Independent Surveys of Reef Fish Community, Size, and Age Structure off Northwest Florida. Florida International University
- Evaluating Fish Production and Ecosystem Impacts of Artificial Reefs. University of West Florida
- Monitoring oil spill effects and recovery in large deep-sea fishes. Florida State University
- Demonstration of Fisheries Assessment Applications for Underwater Gliders. University of South Florida
- Ontogenetic Shifts in Sea Turtle Habitat Use and Foraging Ecology. University of Central Florida
- Egg and larval barcoding for Gulf DEPM stock assessments. University of South Florida
- Hardbottom Mapping and Community Characterization of the West-Central Florida Gulf Coast. Nova Southeastern University
RFP II awards
The 2nd award went to a collaboration that included researchers, managers, fishing stakeholders, and a non-profit investigate innovations in long-term fisheries monitoring in 2017. This was initially a two-year concept demonstration award, with the potential for up to 15 additional years of funding.
- Spawning Habitat and Early-life Linkages to Fisheries (SHELF). University of South Florida
RFP III awards
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. 6 Centers were selected for funding.
After the Tide: Characterizing the Sublethal Effects of a Catastrophic Red Tide on Nesting Sea Turtles. Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation
Health and Movements of Florida’s Gulf Dolphins. Mote Marine Laboratory
Tissue Clocks: New Methods for Ageing and Decoding Sea Turtle Life Histories. University of Florida
Understanding Genomic, Behavioral, and Microbial Drivers of Ontogenetic Shifts in Early Sea Turtle Foraging Ecology and Habitat Use. University of Central Florida
Using Ecosystem Modeling to Understand the Impacts of Seagrass Restoration and Red Tides on Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals and Seabirds of the West Florida Shelf. University of South Florida
Predicting Benefits in Panhandle Estuary Systems: A Partnership to Quantify Impacts, Stressors, and Outcomes using Adaptive Management Frameworks. University of Florida
RFP III.5 award
FLRACEP issued a Request for Proposals to establish a (single) West Florida Shelf Standardized Mapping Framework Center of Excellence. The selected Center of Excellence, University of Florida, will facilitate a collaborative effort to develop a framework for aggregating benthic habitat data on the West Florida Shelf.
Developing a Standardized Framework for Data Integration and Distribution on the West Florida Shelf. University of Florida