Deadline: February 23, 2022

Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants are part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s efforts to restore resilient coral ecosystems. They will support objectives identified within the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program’s Strategic Plan and NOAA’s Action Plan on Coral Interventions.

It is seeking project proposals from non-federal partners to:

  • Advance scientific applications to help corals respond to threats, such as ocean warming or coral disease
  • Enhance the survival of sexually derived corals with the goal of increasing the range of traits within coral populations

Globally, coral reefs are rapidly declining in health due to climate change. Coral restoration efforts have been successful at a local level. However, the development of innovative interventions is needed to improve the long-term effectiveness of coral restoration activities at a larger scale.

The Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants are a tribute to the work and life of Dr. Ruth Gates. It aims to build on her efforts to address the decline in coral reefs through innovative science and research.

The competition is in direct response to the recently completed National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs.


  • Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, state, local, and Native American tribal governments. All in-water work must be conducted within the U.S. coral jurisdictions. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, and others that are eligible to apply.


  • Funding – $100,000 – $1,000,000


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