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Issue Addressed

To support the implementation of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan and foster innovative solutions, CPRA has partnered with The Water Institute of the Gulf to develop the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program. The Coastal Innovation Partnership Program will solicit and evaluate cutting-edge technologies and innovations that could be used by CPRA or other coastal entities to achieve the most efficient, cost effective and sustainable approaches for project implementation.

Project Goals

The goal of the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program is to provide an avenue for coastal innovations to be considered by the state’s coastal program. This initiative is important to the long-term success of the coastal program because it provides a link between the coastal questions that need answers and the many individuals, teams, and organizations who have great ideas that should be considered and evaluated. The goal of the program is to identify those innovations that will lead to:

• IMPROVED outcomes (end-results);
• REDUCED time (schedule); and,
• LOWERED cost (budget).

As part of the partnership, The Water Institute of the Gulf will solicit and vet innovative concepts, technologies, and techniques, providing a systematic and independent evaluation to CPRA regarding their applicability in supporting the implementation of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan.

In the near-term, the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program will focus on identifying innovations and technologies which can be readily implemented. Successful submissions will need to demonstrate that they:

• Are immediately ready to improve existing methods, technologies, or strategies (i.e., their applicability and performance has been established through demonstration or actual projects in Louisiana or elsewhere);
• Improve project implementation through higher cost efficiency and/or faster execution; or,
• Improve project performance (i.e., durability, sustainability, benefits).

It is anticipated that the program will continue to evolve and expand in future years. Long-term program goals include providing opportunities for individuals or organizations to seek funding to further develop or demonstrate more conceptual innovations and foster an innovative culture for restoration and protection activities.

Project Status

DECEMBER 2014 -- The CPRA is currently accepting applications for the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program.

All interested parties, including individuals, teams and organizations, are eligible to submit an application for review. Applications will be evaluated based on a number of criteria, including proven success in improving project or program outcomes and relevance to the Coastal Master Plan.

Pre-applications are due on Jan. 5, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. Pre-applications that meet the evaluation criteria identified in the solicitation will proceed to the full application phase.

For more information, please visit www.thewaterinstitute.org/innovation

SUMMER 2014 -- The Water Institute, charged with managing the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program for CPRA, reviewed 25 preliminary applications, ranging in a wide variety of innovative technologies and practices. Nine of the 25 innovations submitted were determined to have a sufficient technology readiness level, and were recommended for the full application process. An independent panel of nationally-recognized experts reviewed the final submissions.

Each full application was evaluated based on the individual merits of each innovation to support, improve or enhance the restoration and protection goals of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan. The Expert Panel endorsed two of the final applications based on their technology readiness level and applicability to the 2012 Coastal Master Plan.

Learn more about the endorsed innovations for 2014.

DECEMBER 2013 -- The CPRA is currently accepting applications for the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program. Pre-applications are due on January 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Pre-applications will be reviewed by The Water Institute of the Gulf and recommendations will be made to CPRA regarding how to best utilize these innovations within the coastal program. Additional information, including the pre-application form, is located under the “Documents” tab on this page. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to innovation@thewaterinstitute.org.

SUMMER 2013 -- The CPRA has completed a solicitation calling for innovative designs and technologies that will help CPRA implement the 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Four (4) innovations were recently endorsed by The Water Institute of the Gulf through the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program (CIPP). The CPRA is in the process of scheduling meetings with these successful submitters to look for opportunities to incorporate them into existing Master Plan projects.

 

Project Details

Project Type: Key Initiative