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FY20-21 Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowships for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Fellowships to USA Master's and Doctoral
Students for Estuary Reserve Research

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National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

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12/20/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Fellowships of $60,000 per year to USA and territories master's or doctoral program students at U.S. accredited universities for estuary reserve research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for research conducted in a research reserve and should be designed to contribute to one of the reserve’s priority management areas, and thus enhance the scientific understanding of the natural or social science aspects of the research subject matter.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship (Davidson Fellowship) from master’s and doctoral students actively enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited university. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a program of the Office for Coastal Management which has an interest in balancing the needs of the natural environment and coastal economies and is responsible for implementing the Coastal Zone Management Act. The goals of the Davidson Fellowship are to build the next generation of leaders in estuarine science and coastal management by affording qualified graduate students the opportunity to conduct collaborative science within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System; partake in professional development opportunities, and receive mentoring to support professional growth. 

These opportunities are also designed to create a strong network among the fellows during their tenure Federal Funding Opportunity careers.

Typically, awards will be made to the fellow's graduate institution through the use of a cooperative agreement. Funds are expected to be available on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 186343

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The anticipated total number of awards is 29, one award designated for each of the 29 reserves, and will be adjusted based on available funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The anticipated federal funding per award is approximately $60,000/year with a 24-month project period (multi-year awards). The anticipated $60,000/year is intended to provide $34,000 to cover a combination of stipend, tuition, and other student-related costs as needed, approximately $7,000 for travel including required travel, and any overhead costs.

Term of Contract:

The performance period for projects funded in FY 2020 cannot exceed 24 months. The start date on proposals shall be on August 1, 2020, or September 1, 2020. Funding in year two is contingent upon the availability of funds from Congress, satisfactory performance, and is at the sole discretion of the agency.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Typically awards will be made to the fellow's graduate institution through the use of a cooperative agreement.

Funds are expected to be available on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students for research within a reserve(s) leading to a graduate degree. To be eligible, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of U.S. states or territories, and admitted to or enrolled full-time in a master's or doctoral program at a U.S. accredited university. It is recommended that applicants should have completed a majority of their graduate coursework prior to the beginning of their fellowship in order to fully participate in the activities. Students in the final year of their graduate program are not advised to apply for this fellowship.

Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as project partners. If federal agencies are collaborators, applicants are expected to provide details on the planned level of federal engagement in the application. Examples might include, but are not limited to participating in an advisory capacity or providing facilities for research.

National Estuarine Research Reserve staff are ineligible to submit an application for a fellowship under this announcement.

DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to this program. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas. DOC/NOAA encourages applications involving any of the above institutions to apply.

The lead applicant on any proposal will be responsible for ensuring that allocated funds are used for the purposes of, and in a manner consistent with this program, including any funds awarded to an eligible sub-awardee.

The following projects will not be eligible for funding: (1) Activities that constitute legally required mitigation for the adverse effects of an activity regulated or otherwise governed by state or federal law; (2) Activities that constitute mitigation for natural resource damages under federal or state law; and (3) Activities that are required by a separate consent decree, court order, statute or regulation; (4) Activities in which the major purpose of the project or program is construction.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for proposals is 11:59 PM Eastern time, December 20, 2019.

Application packages, including all letters of collaboration, shall be submitted through the “Apply” function on The site contains directions for submitting an application. Applicants must register with before any application materials can be submitted. To use, applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number ( and be registered in the, Federal Funding Opportunity which requires periodic renewals. Refer to Section IV.C. for details on receiving a DUNS number and registering with

Applicants should allow a minimum of seven days to complete the SAM registration, although complete registration for SAM may take several weeks if problems arise.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, contact:

Lamar Revis, Grants Officer

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
Attn: Christopher Katalinas (on contract for)
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 South Hobson Ave., Charleston, SC 29405.
or by email

CFDA Number:

11.420 -- Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves

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