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11/2/06
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NOAA ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS
FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY FREE-CHOICE LEARNING

NOAA’s Office of Education is requesting applications for environmental literacy projects in support of free-choice learning. Funded projects will have a duration of one and five years and will create new, or capitalize on existing, networks of institutions, agencies and /or organizations to provide common messages about key concepts in earth system science.

All projects shall employ the relevant strategies articulated in the NOAA Education Plan and should be implemented at a state, multi-state or national level and have evaluations that fully assess the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed project. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2007, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than September 15, 2007.

Pre-proposals are required and are due Wednesday, November 29, 2006. Full proposals are due Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html for the full announcement and additional information. This funding opportunity's ID on grants.gov is SEC-OED-2007-2000859.

The proposed mechanisms for delivery of these messages may include public literacy campaigns, kiosks or traveling exhibits, and/or the revision of existing programs that would be made available at multiple venues. Proposed projects should support NOAA's vision of an informed society that uses a comprehensive understanding of the role of the ocean, coasts, and atmosphere in the global ecosystem to make the best social and economic decisions.

Successful projects should reach significant segments of the U.S. population at a state, multi-state or national level. The environmental literacy messages should clearly convey how the earth system influences a project’s target audience, how the target audience is influencing the earth system and how an environmentally literate public can make informed decisions. The goal of these projects should be to provide adequate information to move the audience’s knowledge beyond basic awareness while reaching audiences sufficient in size with a message that promotes such a change.

Applications for exhibits involving construction of part or all of a building are not eligible for funding under this announcement. Formal education projects and projects that focus on development of new data visualizations and platforms will not be considered for funding through this announcement.

In 2007 NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. Starting with the establishment of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. The agency is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA Office of Education: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov

NOAA Education Plan: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts: http://www.coexploration.org/oceanliteracy/documents/OceanLitConcepts_10.11.05.pdf