**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants for the National Estuary Program (NEP) Watersheds Grant to support projects that address urgent, emerging, and challenging issues that threaten the ecological and economic well-being of estuarine areas. EPA seeks applications that address the priorities established by Congress under Public Law No: 116-337, the Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, including:

• loss of key habitats resulting in significant impacts on fisheries and water quality such as seagrass, mangroves, tidal and freshwater wetlands, forested wetlands, kelp beds, shellfish beds, and coral reefs;
• coastal resilience and extreme weather events including flooding and coastal erosion related to sea level rise, changing precipitation, warmer waters, or salt marsh, seagrass, or wetland degradation or loss and accelerated land loss;
• impacts of nutrients and warmer water temperatures on aquatic life and ecosystems, including low dissolved oxygen conditions in estuarine waters;
• stormwater runoff which not only can erode stream banks but can carry nutrients, sediment, and trash into rivers and streams that flow into estuaries;
• recurring harmful algae blooms; • unusual or unexplained marine mammal mortalities; and
• proliferation or invasion of species that limit recreational uses, threaten wastewater systems, or cause other ecosystem damage.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $18,000,000
Award Ceiling: $18,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335895