Department of Commerce

Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
FY 2022 CARES Act Economic Recovery Corps and Equity Impact Investments NOFO $30,000,000.00

This NOFO funds two distinct programs, both of which are described in more detail below, and designed to support underserved communities and populations across the country in developing successful economic development plans and projects: 1) the Economic Recovery Corps Fellows program and 2) the Equity Impact Investments program. The Economic Recovery Corps program will add staff resources to local organizations focused on improving economic resilience and competitiveness in distressed regions across the country. EDA is seeking applications from eligible parties to create and launch a nationwide network of Economic Recovery Corps Fellows (Fellows) to help regions recover from the coronavirus pandemic by providing supplemental staff resources (i.e., Fellows) to economic development capacity-building organizations to increase their ability to effectively engage in local and regional economic development. Eligible applicants should consider strategies to build and form a national initiative that will place and coordinate Fellows across America to support two key activities: Technical Assistance – enable communities to access funding and participate in economic development programs and initiatives through preparation, training, and implementation assistance Knowledge and Insights – study, organize, and disseminate information, data, and analysis to accelerate the adoption of future-focused economic development principles and practices The Equity Impact Investments program will provide technical assistance to enable organizations serving underserved populations and communities to participate in economic development planning and projects. Under the Equity Impact Investments Program, EDA is hoping to make one national award and is seeking applications from eligible parties to coordinate organizations with a proven track record of effectively working with, conducting outreach to and delivering outcomes for underserved populations and communities to improve equity outcomes for both future and current EDA grantees. EDA seeks proposals that will drive the equity outcomes of economic development work through a suite of technical assistance and coordination activities. Applicants should be well-versed in how to build and implement successful economic development plans that deliver tangible results. Applicants should leverage this expertise, along with a strong network of local and regional economic and community development organizations, to effectively bring organizations that serve underserved populations and communities into local economic development projects and plans.
FY23 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competition $300,000.00

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures (see section IV, F; Funding Restrictions). Under this authority, grants and cooperative agreements are made on a competitive basis (subject to availability of funding) to assist in carrying out projects to expand domestic and foreign markets related to U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries.The term “fisheries” encompasses wild capture, marine aquaculture and recreational fishing. The objective of the S-K Research and Development Program, referred to throughout this document as the S-K Program, is to address the needs of the fisheries and fishing communities in optimizing economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices, dealing with the impacts of conservation and management measures, and increasing other opportunities to use existing infrastructure to support keeping working waterfronts viable. U.S. fisheries include any fishery, commercial or recreational, that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants.Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the following priorities: Promotion, Development, and Marketing; Science or Technology that Promotes Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) includes information on application and criteria for research proposals requesting a maximum of$300,000 in Federal funding for up to a two-year period. Matching funds are not required, nor will they be considered during the evaluation process. Awards are anticipated to start no earlier than September 1, 2023.
Translating Coastal Research into Application $500,000.00

The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2020, Public Law 116-221) to support leveraged federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities.The U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is a multi-agency led effort to coordinate Federal activities, strengthen academic programs, and address coastal community needs. Past USCRP opportunities have funded university researchers across the U.S. to tackle coastal science and engineering questions in a variety of environments along all of the nation’s coastlines. The goal of the USCRP is to build a community of practice to address societal needs along the coast. USCRP is a collaboration of Federal agencies, academics, and stakeholders that aims to identify research priorities, enhance funding for coastal academic programs, foster collaboration, and promote science translation.It is anticipated that approximately $4,000,000 will be available to move research project findings detailed in The Nearshore Report ( toward application through service delivery that integrates research, its application, and community engagement in three thematic program areas of (1) long-term coastal evolution, (2) extreme Notice of Federal Funding Page 2 of 24 storms, and (3) human and ecosystem health. Developing and delivering actionable scientific information to users on the related themes requires integration of a broad range of stakeholder needs and coastal science. The USCRP Story Map highlights research that has been funded by the program: should address the needs or gaps that have been identified by or are evident from USCRP-funded projects, to move research project findings toward application through service delivery and decision support for coastal community decision-makers, planners, and other coastal stakeholders (i.e., the translation of societally-relevant coastal and estuarine physical processes science to science-based solutions that address coastal community needs related to resilience). Deriving societal benefit from this research requires engaging end-users to ensure it is delivered to them in an accessible and equitable manner to support their resilience decision making and planning.This document sets out requirements for submitting to NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007298. Additional guidance and tips on how best to prepare an application are provided in the Sea Grant General Application Guide available at…
Fiscal Year 2022 Broad Agency Announcement - Access to Capital: Innovative Finance $884,559.00

This notice requests applications from qualified organizations for projects addressing historical barriers to capital minority business enterprises (MBEs) face by leveraging non-traditional financial resources. The projects can utilize technical assistance models, pilot innovative solutions, leverage technology, advance research and data, or provide education to non-traditional lenders. MBDA seeks market solutions to the barriers of access to capital that acknowledge lack of traditional collateral/assets as an impediment for MBEs. The projects align with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) strategic mission to support the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs) and the Administration’s strategic priority to advance racial equity and support underserved communities through the Federal government.Pre-Application Teleconference: MBDA will conduct a series of pre-application teleconferences on May 16, 23 and 26, 2022 Eastern Time. The time of the pre-application teleconferences are 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Daylight Time. Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance of the teleconference. Please visit the MBDA website at for more information.
Minority Colleges and Universities $300,711.00

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) requests applications from eligible institutions of higher educations for proposals to develop and implement programs for the education and training of undergraduate students in subjects directly relating to successful entrepreneurship. The proposals must align with the Minority Business Development Agency’s strategic mission goals to support minority business enterprises (MBEs), including building a diverse entrepreneurial pipeline to grow the number of MBEs, and the Administration’s strategic priority to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities through the Federal government.Pre-Application Teleconference: MBDA will conduct a series of pre-application teleconferences at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 5th, 12th, and 19th, 2022. Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance of the teleconference. Please visit the MBDA website at to register and additional information.
MBDA Business Center Program $350,000.00

This notice requests applications from qualified organizations to operate MBDA Business Centers in six states, Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Utah. The Business Centers will facilitate the growth and job creation in minority business enterprises in their locales by providing expert technical assistance to minority business enterprises consistent with the terms of this Notice of Funding Opportunity. These programs align with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) strategic mission goals to support minority business enterprises (MBEs) and the Administration’s strategic priority to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities through the Federal government.Pre-Application Teleconference: MBDA will conduct a series of pre-application teleconferences from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern time on the following dates with focus areas noted below:• April 28 – General competition information, key changes from previous competitions and key dates, live Question and Answer session• May 3 – Program priorities and objectives with examples, live Question and Answer session• May 10 – Budget pitfalls to avoid and best practices, live Question and Answer session• May 17 – Measuring success and performance, live Question and Answer session Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance of the teleconference. Please visit the MBDA website at to register and view recordings of the teleconferences, as well as other additional information.
2022 Build to Scale Program $2,000,000.00

EDA’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is committed to furthering technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies. To advance these goals, EDA awards grants through the Build to Scale Program for activities designed to develop and support regional innovation initiatives. EDA thereby advances the growth of connected, innovation-centric economies that increase job growth, enable the workforce of tomorrow, enhance global competitiveness, and foster global competitiveness through technology commercialization and entrepreneurship as described in Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (hereafter “Section 27”). The Build to Scale Program invites organizations who are aiding companies in developing the next generation of technologies to apply for funding. These organizations may be operating initiatives to unlock investment capital across a region or sector, operating programs to accelerate company growth, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs, and/or enabling technology commercialization. Under the Build to Scale Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions:(1) the Venture Challenge,(2) the Capital Challenge Applicants must provide a matching share from non-Federal sources of at least 50 percent of the total project cost; i.e., applicants must match each Federal dollar requested with at least one dollar of local match.
NMFS West Coast Region Education and Outreach Program $100,000.00

The NMFS West Coast Region (WCR) recognizes the essential role that education and outreach projects and educational partnerships play in the conservation of WCR endangered and threatened species, marine mammals and Species in the Spotlight, which is a NMFS initiative, designating nine specific species that are among the most at risk of extinction in the near future. The nine Species in the Spotlight can be viewed at…. This competition seeks to support projects that educate, engage and inspire the community to play a role in the conservation of WCR marine resources.
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund $25,000,000.00

NOAA announces the availability of Federal funding for necessary expenses associated with the restoration of Pacific salmon populations. The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) program makes such funding available to the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Alaska, and federally recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast (including Alaska) for projects necessary for the conservation of salmon and steelhead populations that are listed as threatened or endangered, or identified by a State as at-risk to be so-listed; for maintaining populations necessary for exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing; or for the conservation of Pacific coastal salmon and steelhead habitat. This announcement outlines the priorities and guidelines that will be used to award funding to eligible entities.
FY 2022 NOAA SBIR Phase II $500,000.00

The Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites small businesses to submit research proposals under this NOFO. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is not a substitute for existing unsolicited proposal mechanisms. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted under the SBIR program. Only FY 2021 NOAA SBIR Phase I awardees under NOFO number NOAA-OAR-OAR TPO-2021-2006702 with project start dates of September 1, 2021 and project end dates of no later than February 28th, 2022 are eligible to submit a Phase II application in response to this NOFO. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was originally established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act (P.L. 97-219), codified at 15 U.S.C. § 638. It was then expanded and extended by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-564), and received subsequent reauthorization and extensions, the most recent of which extends the SBIR program through 2022. (P.L. 114-328). Each Federal agency with an extramural budget for Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) in excess of $100,000,000 must participate in the SBIR program and spend (obligate) a minimum percentage of their extramural R/R&D budgets (obligations) of not less than 3.2% of such budget in fiscal year 2017 and for the percentage required by statute for each fiscal year after for awards to small business concerns (SBCs) for R/R&D under the SBIR program. The objectives of the SBIR program are to: stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R&D needs; foster and encourage participation by businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned SBCs in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D funding. Fostering diversity by encouraging the participation of individuals from nationally underrepresented groups in the scientific research workforce is longstanding interest of Congress, and a key component of NOAA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (e.g., Public Law 114-329, American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017, and Increasing participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses is critical to the success of the SBIR program.