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

NOAA provides funding to Sea Grant institutions to increase the understanding, assessment, development, management, utilization, and conservation of the Nation’s ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources by providing assistance to promote a strong educational base, responsive research and training activities, broad and prompt dissemination of knowledge and techniques, and multidisciplinary approaches to environmental problems, in accordance with 33 USC 1121(b).

Since 1966, Sea Grant has invested in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture to help coastal communities maintain a safe and sustainable local seafood supply. Sea Grant’s investment in aquaculture focuses on research and technology transfer, often through one-on-one interactions with extension agents, to support and expand the U.S.’s aquaculture industry.

In 2019, the National Sea Grant College Program's national investment in aquaculture focuses on building upon the foundation laid by recent investments and continuing to tap the aquaculture expertise contained within the network of university-based professionals that comprise the Sea Grant network. Sea Grant is doing this primarily through three federal funding opportunities, described below.

The FY 2019 National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative - three Federal Funding Opportunities

The National Sea Grant Office hosted an informational webinar about the three aquaculture-related funding opportunities please review the links here for the webinar powerpoint and the Q&A.

Please read each of the FFO guidelines linked below for complete requirements and visit the National Sea Grant Office website for complete information at: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/funding.

Read a summary of the three opportunities on the National Sea Grant website at this link https://seagrant.noaa.gov/News/Article/ArtMID/1660/ArticleID/2711/Sea-Grant-Announces-Funding-Opportunities-for-Aquaculture

Letter of Intent is required to be submitted in order to submit a proposal; LOIs will not be graded; PIs will only receive a confirmation receipt.

Cost Share is required for all 3 FFOs of 50% from Non-Federal sources of the Total Federal Funding Request by year during the entire project.

No limit as to number of proposals that may be submitted by an individual PI applicant or a Sea Grant Program applicant.

A summary of each FFO is also provided below:

1. Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture - 2019,  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953 Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates around $3,000,000 will be available to support research to address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge as it relates to U.S. aquaculture and the communities impacted and served by it. The initiative is informed by the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research; the Sea Grant 10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision; and previous research from federal, state, and university scientists.

Eligible applicants: Individual and/or Sea Grant Programs; if the Sea Grant Program will take on and lead the majority of the project effort, then the SG Program is the lead applicant.

  • Letters of intent due April 2, 2019 (see formal announcement for requirements).
  • Proposal application due May 1, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).

2. Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities - 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960 Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement

Sea Grant anticipates $1,500,000 will be available to support Sea Grant-led aquaculture projects to catalyze work in a range of topics or geographies. This competition will fund diverse, and at times, high-risk, developmental projects that will envision, explore and advance aquaculture opportunities where a minimal foundation currently exists.

Eligible applicants: Sea Grant Programs Administrative Lead with Collaborating Lead PIs or other eligible applicants.

  • Letters of intent due March 26, 2019 (see formal announcement for requirements);
  • Applications are due to the Texas Sea Grant Program Office April 5, 2019, 5:00 pm CST via email to mzwolinski@tamu.edu;
  • Texas Sea Grant Proposal Application Submission April 24, 2019 by Texas A&M Sponsored Research Services via Grants.gov.

3. Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs - 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005963Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement

Sea Grant anticipates at least $9,000,000 will be available to support the establishment of collaborative programs to build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners to advance aquaculture in areas where a foundation of knowledge and activity currently exists but where significant barriers to sustainable domestic marine and Great Lakes aquaculture remain. These collaborative programs will serve as geographic or topic-based hubs for fully integrated, transdisciplinary research, outreach, and education that will provide broad, non-proprietary support and investment for building and/or enhancing an aquaculture industry.

Eligible applicants: Sea Grant Programs Administrative Lead with Collaborating Lead PIs or other eligible applicants.

  • Letters of Indent due April 15, 2019 (see formal announcement for requirements);
  • Applications are due to the Texas Sea Grant Program Office April 26, 2019, 5:00 pm CST via email to mzwolinski@tamu.edu;
  • Texas Sea Grant Proposal Application Submission May 15, 2019 by Texas A&M Sponsored Research Services via Grants.gov.

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Per guidelines for FFO #2 and #3 above, the State Sea Grant Programs are the eligible applicant, therefore will administer the Aquaculture award and the Sea Grant Program Director will be the Administrative Lead Principal Investigator for all awards made. Applicants who choose Texas Sea Grant as their host Sea Grant program, will submit their application through Texas Sea Grant and will be sub-awardees to Texas A&M University-Texas Sea Grant. The applicant's Co-PI will be the Lead Project PI. 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.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their Sea Grant Program to receive guidance regarding proposal development, discuss their proposed project(s), and explore opportunities to connect with Sea Grant aquaculture extension experts.

Forms and Other Information:

Project Summary 90-2 Form - REQUIRED

SEA GRANT 90-2 PROJECT SUMMARY FORM INSTRUCTIONS

Multiyear Budget 90-4 ver 1.3 dc 01-31-19 - REQUIRED

Budget Justification Template (Word document) - REQUIRED

Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire - REQUIRED

Title Page - Optional - 2 Types depending on FFO:

SeaGrantGeneralApplicationGuide 20181130