Competitive Research Program
The NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) funds regional-scale research through a competitive, peer-reviewed process to address our nation’s most pressing ocean and coastal issues. CRP is the extramural branch of NCCOS, directly supporting the research needs of the National Ocean Service offices and resource managers. CRP expands NCCOS capabilities to meet stakeholder needs by funding external research. Our goal is to develop actionable information and tools to improve how the nation protects, manages, and conserves ocean and coastal ecosystems. Research focal areas are determined by engaging stakeholders and the scientific community through workshops, roundtables, and policy forums.
Areas of Focus
More Than 30 Years of Research, Innovation, and Public Service
CRP, formerly known as the Coastal Ocean Program and the NCCOS Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research,
was established by NOAA in 1989 and authorized by Congress in Public Law 102-567, section 201 (in 1992) to provide
scientific information to better conserve and manage marine living resources.
CRP partners with resource managers in NOAA, other Federal agencies, and state, territory, tribal, and local
governments to provide actionable information to help them achieve their stewardship responsibilities. In its 30-year
history, CRP and its predecessors have funded over 1,000 research projects, providing resource managers with the
information needed to improve the protection, conservation, and management of marine and coastal ecosystems.