Marine carbon removal research and development is presenting new opportunities for people willing to contribute with knowledge and expertise in the space. NOAA Ocean Acidification Program on behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) is accepting proposals from the public seeking to expand understanding, measurement, and validation of marine carbon dioxide removal (CDR).
The proposals’ due date is Feb 28, 2023. The goal is for them to be focused on the various aspects of marine carbon dioxide removal to reduce uncertainty about the extent and durability of CDR, associated co-benefits/risks, and contribute to regulatory frameworks needed for both testing and implementation of approaches.
The organizations participating in this multi-agency request for proposals are NOAA (Ocean Acidification Program, Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program, US Integrated Ocean Observing System/US IOOS), the Department of Energy (Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Water Power Technologies Office), Department of Navy (Office of Naval Research), the National Science Foundation (Chemical Oceanography Program) and philanthropies including ClimateWorks. Other agencies, sub-entities and philanthropies are also invited to join.
The proposals are also for a grant funding opportunity titled: Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR): Research and Development for Assessing Large Scale Carbon Removal and Local Scale Ocean Acidification Mitigation.
According to the announcement, eligible proposing teams must be comprised of participants from at least two of the following three sectors: academia, private sector (including NGOs), or government (including federal, tribal, state, and local institutions). A list of funding cross-sectoral collaborators can be found here. The estimated total program funding is $30,000,000 and the award ceiling is $2,000,000.
The funding opportunity is focused on various aspects of marine CDR implementation and research required to successfully execute and understand the impacts of this approach.