2018 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative

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The information below applies to the 2018 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative, which has already been awarded. For information on NH Sea Grant's 2019 Aquaculture Funding Opportunities, please click here

New Hampshire Sea Grant is responsible for determining the proposals that can be submitted for the competition, gathering, and submitting Letters of Intent. Please read the 2018 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative RFP carefully before submitting a Letter of Intent for evaluation.

NOAA Sea Grant 2018 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

This 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. NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $7,000,000-$11,500,000 between fiscal years 2018,  2019, and 2020 for a national initiative to increase domestic aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years).


Friday, March 2, 2018, 4:30 p.m. EST:  Letter of Intent from prospective PIs. 
Email to the NH Sea Grant Program:
Steve Jones, stephen.jones@unh.edu
and copy Erik Chapman, erik.chapman@unh.edu

Friday, March 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ESTFull proposal submissions into grants.gov
Details on this funding opportunity including the format for the Letters of Intent and full proposals can be found on Grants.gov. 

Click here to view the full announcement (NOAA-OAR-SG-2018 –2005489).


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Sugar kelp

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Steelhead trout harvest

The National Sea Grant Program encourages proposals that:

  1. Use 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;
  2. Involve Sea Grant Extension personnel and include a technology component, where appropriate;
  3. Address how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; and 4) discuss how, upon completion, the work will have a high likelihood of increasing aquaculture production or address how the work will stimulate or advance nascent aquaculture industry(ies).

Sea Grant Program Directors are required by the FFO to serve as the administrative leads in the submission of these proposals, and must be listed as the PI in grants.govNon-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required for each and every year of requested funding.

Proposal teams are strongly encouraged to reach out to NH Sea Grant Director, Erik Chapman (Erik.Chapman@unh.edu) as early as possible, to discuss proposed Sea Grant staff involvement. Our goals in making this request are:

  1. To make sure we are aware of all proposals in preparation,
  2. To help each proposal team identify appropriate extension and communications staff roles and expertise and balance our capacity to support all proposals submitted, and
  3. To provide other guidance, as needed, to help ensure that all proposals are as competitive as possible.

In accordance with the FFO, the proposal narrative may not be changed following submission to NH Sea Grant on March 2, 2018.

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;

  2. Developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and

  3. Increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Successful applications must describe projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers or hurdles limiting aquaculture production in the U.S.

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity, in conjunction with a Sea Grant program: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use, nor can the value of such assets be used as match.

The overall 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)
  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.)