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

The 2018 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative - this competition is now CLOSED

The objectives of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI) are to: 1) address the needs of the U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by supporting research, technology transfer, and best practices related to the sustainable aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes fish, shellfish, or algae species (including state- and federally managed species), 2) increase production of such species in federal waters and the coastal zone of state waters (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes), and, 3) address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, regulatory/policy and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.).

Please see 1-8-2018 revised announcement and pertinent information from a NOAA hosted webinar, especially the Q&A sections of the power point presentation file:

Text of full announcement (NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489) - REVISED

NOAA webinar presentation

Per guidelines, the State Sea Grant Programs administer the Aquaculture award. Therefore, 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 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.

Per guidelines, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their Sea Grant Program one to two months prior to the state application deadline (March 2, 2018) to receive guidance regarding proposal development, discuss their proposed project(s), and explore opportunities to connect with Sea Grant aquaculture extension experts.

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 or 979-845-3902 by February 1, 2018, to discuss the partnership and proposed project. Applications submitted to Texas Sea Grant without prior discussion with the Texas Sea Grant Director, will not be forwarded to the funding competition.

By February 1, 2018:

  1. Initiate a conversation with Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Texas Sea Grant Director, at or 979-845-3902, to discuss your proposed project and potential partnership with Texas Sea Grant;
  2. For proposal development questions, please contact Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, at; and
  3. For Texas A&M University System collaborations: please contact specific TAMU Agency/Departmental Sponsored Research Services Proposal Administrators, to ensure smooth coordination efforts of multiple proposals between multiple TAMUS sub-awardees.

March 2, 2018, 5:00 pm Central Time: Applications are due to Texas Sea Grant via email to

March 30, 2018, 4:00 Central Time: Texas Sea Grant Grant - Texas A&M Sponsored Research Services submits to

Awards are anticipated to start September 1, 2018. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

Forms and Other Information:

Project Summary 90-2 Form - REQUIRED

Budget Form 90-4 (Excel version) - REQUIRED

Budget Justification Template (Word document) - REQUIRED

Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for Aquaculture - REQUIRED

Title Page (PDF) - OPTIONAL