External Research and Science

NCCOS Competitive Research Program

The NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) funds regional-scale research through a competitive, peer-reviewed process to address our nation’s most pressing ocean and coastal issues. As the extramural branch of NCCOS, CRP effectively expands NCCOS's capabilities by accessing external expertise and directly supporting the science needs of NOAA's National Ocean Service stewardship offices and coastal resource managers. Our goal is to develop actionable information and tools to improve how the nation protects, manages, and conserves ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems. Research focal areas are determined by engaging stakeholders and the scientific community through workshops, roundtables, and policy forums.

NOAA RESTORE Science Program

NCCOS administers the NOAA RESTORE Science Program on behalf of NOAA. Its mission is to carry out research, observation, and monitoring to support, to the maximum extent practicable, the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem, fish stocks, fish habitat, and the recreational, commercial, and charter-fishing industry in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA was authorized to establish and administer the Program, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf States Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-141, Section 1604).


Working with our Stakeholders

We work closely with our stakeholders to determine research needs and to ensure the science and research products we are delivering are valuable in their decision-making process and are used to achieve societal benefits. Our stakeholders are often engaged in our project planning and execution and provide guidance throughout the research process to ensure our products meet their needs.

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