Full proposal deadline extended to July 14, 2020

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Call for Proposals

Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Subject to the availability of funding, NOAA 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 and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals. 

Full 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.

This information is also available at seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding.

Read the formal announcement on Grants.gov (NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331)

Important Dates

  • Notice of Intent to Submit due February 26, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern
    • Must be submitted via email to both the appropriate Sea Grant Program(s) and the National Sea Grant Office.
  • Full Proposals due April 22, 2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED: July 14, 2020
    • Must be submitted through a Sea Grant Program.
    • A Sea Grant Program may submit or participate in more than one proposal.
  • Anticipated start date for funded projects is September 1, 2020, with projects to be completed no later than August 31, 2023. [This date range may be updated given the full proposal deadline extension.]

Webinar Details

The National Sea Grant Office will host a webinar to provide an overview of the 2020 Sea Grant Aquaculture Funding Opportunity and its application process. The webinar will include a presentation and provide an opportunity to ask questions that you may have about applying to the announcement.

Webinar Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Webinar Slides and Q&A Log are available here. Scroll down to the "Aquaculture" funding opportunity section.


Please direct specific questions about this funding opportunity to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov.

For NH Sea Grant-specific inquires, contact:

Steve Jones
Associate Director and Assistant Director for Research, NH Sea Grant

Erik Chapman
Director, NH Sea Grant