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Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Grant Program

The Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Grant Program supports projects that address priority recommendations of the HAB Task Force.

2020-21 Call for Proposals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC), Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) is seeking grant applications to support projects that address needs provided by the Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force Consensus Document #1: Initial Recommendations Regarding Red Tide (Karenia brevis) Blooms.

Funding Opportunity

For the purposes of this Call for Proposals, red tide information gaps and priority needs have two distinct foci:

  1. Communication: This topic is intended to lay the groundwork for the development of a coordinated red tide communication plan and education campaign. The selected vendor will: compile a review of current communication and outreach strategies and tools that address red tides; and conduct focus groups and social science studies to identify information needed by the public and the most effective models for messaging and dissemination.
  2. Research: Projects that will develop or advance technologies for real-time detection of K. brevis in water and brevetoxins in both water and air.

Eligible communications projects must have a scope of work limited to one (1) year. A maximum of one (1) project will be funded up to $125,000.00 for the project year ending June 30, 2021.

Eligible research projects may have a two (2) year scope of work, however, year 2 funding is not guaranteed. Projects must be outcome driven and provide substantial deliverables (tangible products or outputs) in each project year. One to two projects may be funded with an anticipated total funding of approximately $375,000.00 per year.

To Apply

Review the full call for proposals for submission guidelines.

Important Dates

May 29, 2020: Submissions Due by 5:00 p.m. EDT
July 7, 2020: Award notifications