Environmental Laboratory: Coastal Ecology (EL-17)

US Department of Defense: Department of the Army

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Nonprofit For-Profit Business College / University Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States


Conservation: Environmental Impact Prediction, Assessment and Management

This research program addresses environmental impact prediction, assessment, and remediation and is intended to provide Corps, Army, and other field operating elements with techniques and methodologies for environmental assessments and EIS preparation, guidance on selecting appropriate planning, design, construction, and operation alternatives, and implementation of the planning function pursuant to NEPA and other legislation and guidance.

Coastal Ecology

Research topics in coastal ecology include multidisciplinary investigations of the environmental impacts of engineering activities in the coastal zone, such as dredging, dredged material disposal, and construction of coastal structures (e.g., jetties, breakwaters, groins, seawalls, marinas). Emphasis is placed on improved technologies for assessment, protection, and management of fish and shellfish resources and their habitats.

Funding Priorities

  • Proposals dealing with endangered species (e.g., sea turtles, marine mammals), beneficial uses of dredged material and habitat restoration in the coastal zone (e.g., marsh, oyster reef or mudflat creation), and application of population dynamics and ecological models for impact prediction and assessment at population/community/ecosystem/watershed levels. 
  • Effects of beach nourishment and use of offshore borrows areas, seasonal restrictions on dredging and disposal operations, artificial reef technologies, and cumulative impact determination and mitigation techniques.
  • Other focus areas include:
    • Effects of beach nourishment on benthic communities and surf-zone (near-shore) fishes
    • Active and passive fisheries acoustics to assess fish migratory patterns, spawning habitat, fish density and spatial distribution patterns near dredging operations and placement sites
    • Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) protection from increases in turbidities and suspended sediments
    • Fish entrainment
    • Behavioral changes to marine organisms (e.g. migratory blockage of migratory fishes due to the presence of the dredge, particularly in narrow or constricted waterways)
    • Underwater noise impacts to aquatic species due to dredging and disposal operations
    • Ecosystem restoration (e.g. filling offshore/near-shore borrow areas to natural bathymetry)
    • Artificial reef creation using dredged rock and other suitable material to enhance fisheries and shell fisheries resources
    • Thin-layer placement, re-contouring natural bathymetries

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    • This research is conducted by Government personnel and by contract with educational institutions, non-profit organizations and private industries.
    • Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and Government entities (Government/National laboratories, military educational institutions, etc.) are subject to applicable direct competition limitations and cannot propose to this BAA in any capacity unless they meet the following conditions. 
      • Clearly demonstrate that the work is not otherwise available from the private sector
      • Provide a letter on letterhead from their sponsoring organization citing the specific authority establishing their eligibility to propose to government solicitations and compete with industry, and compliance with the associated FFRDC sponsor agreement and terms and conditions


    • Proposals are encouraged from Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Minority Institutions (HBCUs/MIs) for students to provide research support to any of the research and development areas listed in this BAA.
    • ERDC also encourages small business concerns, women owned small businesses, small disadvantaged business concerns, small businesses located in HUBZones, businesses participating in the Small Business Administration 8(a) program, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses to submit research proposals for consideration.


    • Proposals from U.S. government facilities and organizations will not be considered under this program announcement.