The State of Louisiana, through the CPRA, is tasked with planning, designing and implementing coastal protection and restoration projects. CPRA’s activities are governed by the Master Plan and the Fiscal Year Annual Plans. The protection and restoration projects in the Master Plan have significant uncertainties that must be addressed to maximize project benefits. Management of the protection and restoration program in Louisiana can likewise be improved by the development and adoption of novel and improved analytical and management tools.
The objective of the CPRA Applied Research Program is to establish and manage an annual research program to provide Louisiana-based interested parties with funds to conduct research investigations and/or tool development activities that will enable CPRA to more effectively protect and restore coastal resources.
The CPRA Applied Research Program is being established and managed by The Water Institute of the Gulf for the CPRA.
DECEMBER 2014 -- The CPRA is currently accepting proposals for the Applied Research Program. Proposals should indicate the expected relevance of the research findings to CPRA’s coastal protection and restoration activities.
Institutions or organizations that apply must have an office in Louisiana and the principal investigator must be domiciled in Louisiana to be eligible.
Request for Proposal submissions are due on Feb. 6, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that approximately $250,000 will be available to fund an estimated 2-5 research projects, with 1-2 of these having total budgets less than $25,000. The number of awards and their level of funding depend on the quality and relevance of proposals received.
For information, please visit www.thewaterinstitute.org/appliedresearch.
SUMMER 2014 -- Four research project proposals from the spring 2014 solicitation of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s Applied Research Program have been awarded funding.
DECEMBER 2013 -- The CPRA is currently accepting proposals for the Applied Research Program. Proposals are due on February 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Questions must be submitted by 12:00 pm CST, Monday, January 6, 2014 and will be answered before 5:00 pm CST on Friday, January 10, 2014. It is anticipated that approximately $250,000 will be available to fund an estimated 2-5 research projects, with 1-2 of these having total budgets less than $25,000. The number of awards and their level of funding depend on the quality and relevance of proposals received. Additional information, including the Request for Proposals (RFP), is located under the “Documents” tab on this page. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to email@example.com.
SUMMER 2013 -- The Water Institute received 25 proposals requesting over $2.3 million combined, ranging in a wide variety of research specialties and core competencies. With only $250,000 available for funding proposals this year, it was a highly competitive process which attracted a number of qualified submissions. Two proposals submitted for the spring 2013 CPRA Applied Research Program were selected for funding.
The funded research projects for the spring 2013 solicitation are as follows:
Optimizing the Design of Shoreline Protection to Reduce Marsh Edge Erosion for Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration
Qin Jim Chen, Louisiana State University – Principal Investigator
Research and GIS Development of the Base of the Holocene in the Louisiana Coastal Plain and Adjacent Continental Shelf
Dr. Paul V. Heinrich, Louisiana Geological Survey – Principal Investigator
Project Type: Key Initiative