NOAA and Sea Grant Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP)

New Jersey Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant and Connecticut Sea Grant

Press Release

Call for Research Proposals

Supporting Info for Proposal (click here)

Required Letter of Intent Due: 4:30 pm EDT Monday, October 28, 2013

Full Proposals Due: 4:30 pm EST Friday, November 22, 2013

Available funds: $1.5 million to support about 10 projects over an 16-month time span January 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015.


As we near the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the hard reality is that many of the human deaths and injuries caused by this historic, devastating storm were likely preventable. Too many coastal residents either failed to fully understand the severity of the storm and the dangerous conditions it would produce, or chose not to evacuate in spite of the serious risks of staying in their homes. With an award of approximately $1.8 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will fund targeted social science research and related technology transfer to improve the public response to coastal storm hazard information. The objective of this research initiative, the Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP), is to better understand the coastal storm hazards warning system, the information it conveys (what, when, how, and by whom) and the factors that affect whether recipients of this information decide to act on it. The goal of the program is to save lives and promote public safety by creating tools that will better inform people of the true severity of the danger from coastal storm hazards and increase the likelihood that residents who should remove themselves out of harmís way actually do so and avoid becoming storm casualties. The program will have a two-year duration, with research completed in the first 18 months. The final phase of the program will be spent in an intensive effort to introduce the programís products and research results to the coastal storm hazard prediction and response community, working with its members to adopt and implement technologies, tools and procedures to improve coastal storm hazard prediction and the understanding and responsiveness of the general public to these warnings. The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) will make separate, equal and parallel awards from the funds provided it by NOAA to the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Sea Grant programs to support CSAP. From these monies, each individual state program will fund selected research proposals and a portion of the collaborative extension and communication activities identified by the Sea Grant program managers and a Program Steering Committee comprised of professionals drawn from the National Weather Service and emergency hazard response community in the Sandy-affected area, as well as representatives of public communications media.

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