The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal notice of funding opportunity (NOFO).
Funding for this NOFO was provided through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act. The USMCA recognizes the importance of taking action to prevent and reduce marine debris, including plastic litter and microplastics, in order to preserve human health and marine and coastal ecosystems, prevent the loss of biodiversity, and mitigate the costs and impacts of marine debris.
NOAA will award up to $5 million in FY 2021 to fund projects that address marine debris issues in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border areas. The grant competition will focus on projects that prevent or reduce the occurrence of marine debris, and projects that remove marine debris from the environment. Projects that include collaboration with partners in Mexico and/or Canada will be prioritized.