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.

2020 Aquaculture Funding Opportunity: Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals. 

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331


Informational webinar

February 5, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eastern

Review the webinar documents: PowerPoint and Q&A

Notices of intent to submit due February 26, 2020 (now expired) to both the Texas Sea Grant Program at and to the National Sea Grant Office at see FFO Guidelines page 9.


Full proposals due July 14, 2020 (extended due to COVID-19)

  1. Submit to the Texas Sea Grant Program by June 19, 2020
  2. Texas A&M Sponsored Research Services will submit the Texas A&M University – Texas Sea Grant application to the sponsor by July 14, 2020.


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Mia Zwolinski

For More Information:

Mia Zwolinski

Assistant Director, Research and Fiscal Administration

(979) 458-0449