2017 NOAA Sea Grant Marine, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States.

Sea Grant Program Directors will be the Principal Investigator for all awards made. Applicants who choose Texas Sea Grant as their host Sea Grant program will be sub-awardees to Texas A&M University-Texas Sea Grant. Please note that Texas A&M University-Texas Sea Grant charges 48.5% IDC on the first $25,000 of the applicant’s sub-award. Applicants should consider this cost when developing budgets to within maximum cost allowed and include the additional 1.5% Cost Share on their budgets.

All applications must be submitted through Texas Sea Grant. The deadlines listed in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement are the due dates for Texas Sea Grant to submit applications to the competition; the deadline for interested parties to submit their applications to Texas Sea Grant are earlier, as indicated below.

1. Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 between fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production. 

All applications must be submitted through and in partnership with a Sea Grant program. All applicants with an interest in partnering with Texas Sea Grant must contact Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Texas Sea Grant Director, at plotkin@tamu.edu or 979-845-3902 by March 17, 2017, to discuss the partnership and proposed project. Per the guidelines, the title page must be signed by the Texas Sea Grant Director as lead PI with the applicant/project director as Co-PI. Texas Sea Grant will submit the Letter of Intent and the Application on the partnership’s behalf. Applications submitted to Texas Sea Grant without discussion with the Texas Sea Grant Director by March 17 will not be forwarded to the funding competition.

Letters of Intent are due to Texas Sea Grant via email to mzwolinski@tamu.edu by 5:00 pm Central Time on March 24, 2017. Texas Sea Grant submits to Grants.gov by March 28, 2017.

Applications are due to Texas Sea Grant via email to mzwolinski@tamu.edu by 5:00 pm Central Time on April 19, 2017. Texas Sea Grant submits to Grants.gov by May 9, 2017.

Text of full announcement (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017–2005176)

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two- to three-year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $1,000,000 in federal funding must include at least $500,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $1,500,000). Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives: (1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses major constraints, barriers or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.); (3) utilizes a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort; (4) addresses how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; and (5) that, upon completion, will have a high likelihood of successful implementation within 2-4 years. 

Applications requesting any amount between the minimum and maximum federal request are welcome. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

2. Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $3,000,000 between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for a national initiative focused on answering key questions impeding the development and expansion of sustainable United States marine, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. that seek to address key questions, barriers or hurdles impeding the advancement of new or developing aquaculture initiatives that will contribute to the continuing growth of United States aquaculture production.

A Letter of Intent and Title Page are not required for this FFO. The number of applications that Texas Sea Grant may submit for this FFO is limited to three. Texas Sea Grant will select the three applications that will be forwarded to the competition.

Applications are due to Texas Sea Grant via email to mzwolinski@tamu.edu by 5:00 pm Central Time on March 17, 2017. Texas Sea Grant submits to Grants.gov by April 18, 2017.

Text of full announcement (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2005177)

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting up to $150,000 in total federal funding for a six-month to two-year period. Non-Federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $100,000 in federal funding must include at least $50,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $150,000). Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives: (1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses key questions, barriers or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit the development of new or developing aquaculture initiatives (these can include research, extension, technology transfer, legal activities, small-scale projects, business plans and workshops, for example); (3) utilizes a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program, and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort.    

Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

Forms and Other Information

Project Summary Aquaculture 90-2 Form (zipped Excel spreadsheet)

Budget Form 90-4 (Excel version)

Budget Justification Template (Word document)

Title Page (PDF) (required for FFO #1: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production only) NOTE: THIS IS A REVISED FILE VERSION.

Direct any questions about the submission process to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, at mzwolinski@tamu.edu. For questions related to the partnership with Texas Sea Grant or about the content of an application, contact Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Texas Sea Grant Director, at plotkin@tamu.edu or 979-845-3902.