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Federal Agency Name(s):  National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title:  National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Program FY12

Announcement Type:  Initial

Funding Opportunity Number:  NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2012-2003083

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:
  11.420, Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves

Dates:  Applications must be submitted through no later than 11:00 pm (EST) on November 1, 2011 or postmarked no later than November 1, 2011.

Funding Opportunity Description:  The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) consists of estuarine
areas of the United States and its territories which are designated and managed for research and educational
purposes. Each Reserve within the system is chosen to reflect regional differences and to include a variety of
ecosystem types in accordance with the classification scheme of the national program as presented in 15 CFR Part 921.

Each Reserve supports a wide range of beneficial uses of ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic values
which are dependent upon the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. The sites provide habitats for a wide range of
ecologically and commercially important species of fish, shellfish, birds, and other aquatic and terrestrial
wildlife. Each Reserve has been designed to ensure its effectiveness as a conservation unit and as a site for
long-term research and monitoring. As part of a national system, the Reserves collectively provide an excellent
opportunity to address research questions and estuarine management issues of national significance. 
For detailed descriptions of the sites, refer to the Reserve System Web site at or contact the on-site staff listed in Appendix I, Reserve Staff Contacts.

Next: I. Funding Opportunity Description

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