Over one million dollars in coastal hazard research grant money is available to coastal communities throughout the Pacific Islands region to help plan for, respond to, and recover from coastal storms.

The funding will be distributed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Storms Program (CSP) through the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant). The Pacific Islands Region Coastal Storms Program is located on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus and hosted by UH Sea Grant, which resides within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Grants are available up to $200,000 for two years, and will start in January 2013. The funding will support projects that enhance community resilience to coastal hazards including storms, flooding, sea-level rise, and other climate-associated risks. The CSP encourages collaborative proposals that promote partnerships and interdisciplinary solutions to address a wide range of coastal hazard challenges faced by communities.

A high priority for Hawai‘i and the region is increased institutional capacity and training of existing partners and trainers in hazard mitigation and community resilience. One of the primary goals of the Coastal Storms Program is to facilitate and enhance diverse communication, awareness, and understanding of coastal hazard risks and community resilience. Special consideration will be given to proposals that clearly identify how the funding will assist underserved communities in the region.

Proposals will be accepted from faculty in regional universities and colleges, local (regional, territorial, state, and county) and small island nation governments, non-profit groups, homeowner and community associations, commercial organizations, and community-university partnerships. The principal investigator(s) must work in the Pacific Islands region* or partner with a state/local government in this area. Applicants with regionally applicable projects outside these regions are encouraged to partner with an eligible entity within the region as a multi-regional partnership.

*The Pacific Islands region includes Hawai‘i and the U.S. Pacific territories (American Samoa and Guam) and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island nations (U.S. API: Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau).

Starting today, the request for proposals (RFP) is available online at: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/csp/rfp

For additional information, contact Dolan Eversole, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, NOAA Coastal Storms Program Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator, phone: 808-956-9780; email: eversole@hawaii.edu or visit http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/csp

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