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RFP: US HAB-CTI 2024 Funding Opportunity for Control of Harmful Algal Blooms

Opportunity Type: Requests for Proposals
Submission Deadline: February 5, 2024

US HAB-CTI 2024 Funding Opportunity for Control of Harmful Algal Blooms

The United States Harmful Algal Bloom Control Technologies Incubator (US HAB-CTI) is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, and Mote Marine Laboratory.

The US HAB-CTI is soliciting lab-based project proposals to research innovative Harmful Algal Bloom control tools and technologies to assess their real-world feasibility. Harmful Algal Bloom control includes biological, chemical, or physical approaches that eliminate or reduce the levels of harmful algae and their toxins. Proposed research project tools and technologies should focus on initial lab-based stages (Tier 1 or 2) of research, thus the proposal must be conducted in lab-scale table-top settings, tanks, mesocosms, or raceways. The tools and/or technologies should demonstrate potential to be scalable, environmentally acceptable, and cost-effective. More information about the US HAB-CTI can be found here.

This is an annual competitive call for projects not to exceed 12 months of research and each project is expected to be less than $200K. The US HAB-CTI expects to fund 5 to 7 projects in this 2024 call.

The US HAB-CTI 2024 call for proposals is open to projects focused on harmful algal bloom species occurring in and around the United States, but projects aimed to control Alexandrium and Pseudo-nitzschia are strongly encouraged. High scoring proposals on either, or both, of these HAB species may be prioritized in the final selection process. Eligible applicants for this competition are institutions of higher education, other non-profits, state, local, Indian Tribal Governments, for-profit organizations, U.S. Territories and Federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to receive transfers of funds. The US HAB-CTI can work with applicants on identifying facilities and resources to best test their technology/tool.

Key dates:

Letters of Intent due: February 5, 2024

Full Proposals due: April 15, 2024

Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required. Any Full Proposals without a prior LOI will not be considered. Full details and application information are available here.

Informational Webinar: January 9, 2024 – 2:00 PM EDT. Please register here. Recording and slides will be made available within a few days on the US HAB-CTI website.

Have additional questions about the funding opportunity? Please feel free to reach out to ushabcti@umces.edu with questions or to request a time to meet.