The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) provides statewide leadership in marine science and sponsors and coordinates research symposiums, workshops and more.

FLRACEP Structure

A seven-member Program Management Team (PMT) made up of senior-level advisors appointed by the FIO Director, based on their knowledge of FL regional science, technology and management needs. PMT members are not eligible to submit or participate on FLRACEP grant or contract proposals.

Science Review Panels (SRPs) convene as an ad hoc team of science and technology experts not involved in any FLRACEP proposals, from in and outside Florida and are responsible for technical review of grant proposals.


The second 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.

RFP II awards

  • Spawning Habitat and Early-life Linkages to Fisheries (SHELF). University of South Florida


The first FLRACEP Centers of Excellence were established in 2015 to conduct coastal fish and wildlife research. These are two-year awards designed to culminate in at least one peer reviewed journal publication.


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 Funding Source

Funding for the Centers of Excellence and the FLRACEP program comes from the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), which established a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States. The Centers of Excellence Research Grant Programs (CERGPs) are one of five elements established by the RESTORE Act, and each Gulf Coast State Entity will receive 2.5% of Trust Fund principal plus 25% of the interest accrued. The Department of the U.S.


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.”