The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that several funding opportunities for Marine Debris Removal are now available for 2022.
The program will make awards of up to US$56 million (~€56.1 million) and is aimed at combating marine debris across all the coastal areas of the US, Freely Associated States, Great Lakes and territories. The funding is aimed at projects with the following priorities:
- The first priority is the focus on large-scale projects that remove large debris like derelict vessels, fishing gear, and more. Successful applicants are expected to be able to deliver throughout all coastal and marine areas in the United States.
- The second priority focuses on how applications will implement proven interception technologies that have a proven track record in intercepting marine debris at shoreline, estuarine, coastal riverine, and urban environments.
With these funding opportunities, the priorities will be treated as two distinct tracks, each with its own criteria and application guidelines. So if an applicant wants to be considered for both tracks, they need to submit two separate applications.