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SECOORA Funding Opportunities

SECOORA has four opportunities open. See below. Updated August 4, 2022.

Request for Proposals: to Support Harmful Algal Bloom Observing in the Southeast

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is soliciting proposals for a competitive opportunity focused on coastal and ocean HAB observing in the Southeast. The scope of this opportunity is broad, but applicants should use the SECOORA Harmful Algal Bloom Plan as a guide to SECOORA’s priorities. Projects should focus one or both areas:

  1. Observing – Funds can be requested to support the collection of data to better study HABs issues within the region. Funding can be used for fixed stations, mobile platforms (e.g., drones, AUVs), and ships.
  2. Products – Transform raw and/or processed data into useful and meaningful decision-making information and tools for HAB tracking and monitoring or forecasting HAB occurrence.

Total funds available are $200,000. SECOORA intends to award between 1 – 3 proposals that will be funded for a 2 year timeline. 

Please review the frequently asked questions page. If you have additional questions, please email

Proposals are due September 15, 2022 at 5 PM ET.

2022 Vembu Subramanian Ocean Scholars Award

SECOORA established this travel award for the next generation of ocean experts to meet others in their field and present their work at meetings or conferences.

A total of $2,500 is available for this opportunity. SECOORA anticipates funding 2-3 recipients with the available funds.  No one can receive more than $1,250 in travel support. Ideally, SECOORA will support at least one person in each funding category (Undergraduate and Graduate / Early Career).  

Proposals are due Thursday September 22, 5:00 PM ET.

Data Challenge: Integrating Data to Understand a Coastal Ocean Event

The 2022 Data Challenge invites applicants to develop a project that combines multiple Southeast datasets to understand a coastal ocean event.

There is no specific dataset for this year’s data challenge. Rather, the challenge is to integrate available coastal ocean observing system (COOS) data to tell a meaningful story or to better understand an environmental coastal ocean event (such as hurricanes, harmful algal blooms, floods, dredging, etc.). SECOORA is encouraging the integration of data across disciplines.

There are two $3,500 prizes in two categories: Undergraduate and Graduate / Early Career. 

Proposals are due Thursday September 22, 2022.

Request for Quotes: Logo and Website Redesign

SECOORA is seeking quotes to redesign the SECOORA website and logo and create a style guide.

The primary goals are to update the virtual face and voice of SECOORA, strengthen our online presence, build brand awareness, and provide an overview of our organization to increase membership, drive traffic to SECOORA funding opportunities and news stories, expand community engagement, and streamline data discovery and access. See services requested section for full list of requests.

Responses are due August 19, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET.

Services Request for Quotes: Water Level Network QARTOD Implementation and Development of Water Level Station Map

SECOORA is seeking quotes to implement 1) a Quality Assurance, Quality Control of Real-Time Data (QARTOD) system with an administrative and project team interface for the SECOORA Water Level Network, and 2) develop an interactive map for the Water Level Network webpage.

The primary goals are to further develop QARTOD tests for real-time water level data, provide project teams with 24-hour data quality reports, create data flag queries to track station performance, and develop an interactive map for viewing data from SECOORA water level stations.

Submissions are due: August 19, 2022