The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces a research funding opportunity to conduct assessments of green infrastructure solutions to improve the resilience of coastal highways and bridges to climate change impacts. Coastal green infrastructure includes dunes, wetlands, living shorelines, oyster reefs, beaches, and artificial reefs. These features may offer protection from waves, erosion, sea level rise, and storm surge.
The funding recipient must be a state department of transportation, metropolitan planning organization, federally recognized tribal government, or Federal Lands Management Agency. However, partnerships with other organizations such as natural resource agencies, non-profit organizations, universities, etc. are encouraged. The scope includes US coastal areas (East Coast, West Coast, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and US territories in the Pacific Ocean). Eligible projects are those that analyze the feasibility of green infrastructure solutions to protect coastal roads. Eligible expenses include staff or contractor hours to conduct the analysis and document the results.
It is anticipated that two to four applied research projects (pilots) will be selected and receive $50,000 to $100,000 each. The funds require a local match. The non-federal share must be at least 20 percent and 50 percent is preferred. In-kind contributions may count as match.
Proposals are due June 1. Informational webinars for potential applicants will be held on May 10 and May 19.
If you have any questions, please contact Tina Hodges, Environmental Protection Specialist, FHWA, 202-366-4287, [email protected].