Coastal Restoration Fund – Expression of Interest

Arctic and Northern Regions
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture


Academic Unit:

Memorial Deadline:

External Deadline: Thursday 27th, December 2018


To interested researchers, please note:

  • 1) Research Grant and Contract Services is not required to sign off at the EOI stage of this funding opportunity. Please notify your Associate Dean (Research) and Department Head of your intention to submit an EOI to this competition.
  • 2) If your EOI is selected to go forward to the full application stage, we request that you contact the applicable RGCS individual indicated below at least 10 working days prior to the application deadline, as terms and conditions of the opportunity may require the inclusion of overhead costs (as per the Indirect Cost of Externally Funded Research Policy).
  • 3) Institutional Review by RGCS will be required at the full application stage.
  • 4) The Memorial Researcher Portal is to be used when submitting an application to RGCS for Institutional Review. Please include a copy of your EOI with the Full Application submission. 
  • 5) Further details on processes for institutional review and approval are available at

The CRF is a $75 million contribution program established under the Ocean Protection Plan to support coordinated and strategic coastal aquatic habitat rehabilitation projects that contribute to the mitigation of stressors affecting marine life and their habitats. The program provides funding to Indigenous groups, community-based organizations, conservation groups, and academic researchers/institutions to undertake projects along Canada’s coasts that:

  • Contribute to strategic planning and respond to restoration priorities in key coastal areas;
  • Rehabilitate and restore aquatic habitats that contribute to the mitigation of stressors affecting marine life and their habitats;
  • Contribute to the long-term sustainability of aquatic coastal habitats through monitoring and maintenance as part of the restoration projects; and
  • Encourage and build local community capacity to maintain and restore aquatic habitats

The CRF has $13.6M available to support this second public call for proposals.  To best utilize these limited funds and ensure that CRF projects are undertaken on all coasts, DFO will take a more targeted approach to this round of funding that will:

  • Focus on regional priority areas, that have the greatest strategic value;
  • Prioritize regional activities with the greatest benefit to specific different coastal ecosystems threats; and
  • Reduce project sizes and funding in order to support more initiatives (i.e., $100,000 to $500,000 per year for 3 years).

In this regard, the Central and Arctic’s regional priorities include:

Priority Areas

  • Coastal areas in the Northwest Territories
  • Coastal areas in Hudson Bay

Priority Activities

  • Planning to identify and prioritise potential restoration projects in the Northwest Territories
  • Restoration of important fish habitat identified by engagement sessions or restoration plans in Hudson Bay

When developing your expression of interest, it is recommended that you consider the following funding distribution for your budget, as it best fits how the program’s remaining funds are distributed:

  • 26% in the first year;
  • 55% in the second year; and
  • 19% in the last year

Additional information on the program and the application process can be found on the CRF website at The website provides supplementary information concerning eligibility and requirements, as well as the Expression of Interest (EoI) Form, and its guidance document.

Further information on the program will also be available through national webinars that will be held in the near future. All interested applicants are highly encouraged to participate in the webinar session. If you are interested in participating, please contact your regional DFO office at the address below.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to help keeping Canadians waters and coasts safe and clean, for today’s use and for future generations. We invite you to partner on CRF projects so that you can contribute to a clean and healthy environment and sustainable aquatic ecosystems for Canadian’s coasts.

Contact Todd Schwartz at or by phone at 204-983-4231 for more information on the CRF.

Funding Sources

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: November 15, 2018