Sea Grant announces funding opportunities for aquaculture

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:45pm

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Photo of oyster shellsSince 1966, the National Sea Grant College Program 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 (FFO), described below and avaible via grants.gov. 

View the original announcement by the National Sea Grant Office.


Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture

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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.

  • Letters of Intent are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 2, 2019 via email to the National Sea Grant Office (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov).
  • Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 1, 2019. Submit to grants.gov.
  • Projects are expected to run up to 2 years between September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2021.

Eligibility: Open to 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.

View this FFO in grants.gov.


Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs

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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. Proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant Program, include industry partners, and be for up to three years in duration. It is Sea Grant’s intent (pending appropriations) that successful collaborative programs will be eligible to compete for additional future funding to address priority gaps and emerging challenges identified through the collaborative programs in support of industry and societal needs. 

  • Letters of Intent are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2019. Submitted by Sea Grant Programs to the National Sea Grant Office.
  • Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 15, 2019. Submit to grants.gov.
  • Projects are expected to run up to 3 years between September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2022.

Eligibility: Open to Sea Grant Programs only. Other interested entities must work with a relevant Sea Grant Program (like NH Sea Grant) to establish appropriate collaborations.

View this FFO in grants.gov.


Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities

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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. Projects may focus on diverse topics (e.g. adapting to environmental change; innovative species, technologies, or locations; community engagement; or traditional/ indigenous practices) and/or geographies (e.g. region of the country; state vs. federal waters; tropical; Great Lakes or cold-water) that are innovative, under-explored or would otherwise benefit from a focused developmental effort. Proposals should bring experts together in projects to identify needs and gaps in the target area. These projects may support tool development, workshops, education, outreach, business planning, and/or trainings addressing geographic or topical aquaculture issues. Potential topics include those which have been identified in Sea Grant’s national focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA), the Sea Grant Network 10-year Aquaculture Vision, and in other NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.

  • Letters of Intent are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 26, 2019. Submitted by Sea Grant Programs to the National Sea Grant Office.
  • Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 24, 2019. Submit to grants.gov.
  • Projects are expected to run 1-2 years between September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2021.

Eligibility: Open to Sea Grant Programs only. Other interested entities must work with a relevant Sea Grant Program (like NH Sea Grant) to establish appropriate collaborations.

View this FFO in grants.gov.


What is NH Sea Grant's role in these aquaculture FFO's?

For New Hampshire-based principal investigators, two of the three FFOs must be submitted by NH Sea Grant. See eligibility requirements listed above and on the grants.gov pages for each FFO.

NH Sea Grant can facilitate researchers who are interested in submitting aquaculture proposals to meet the transdisciplinary research, outreach, and education​al goals of these funding opportunities, and the process of applying through our program for New Hampshire-based projects. We have also compiled information about the current interests and expertise of researchers and industry partners in and nearby to New Hampshire to enable building effective transdisciplinary project teams.

Please note the requirement of a Letter of Intent for each FFO, and the fact that each FFO has its own deadline dates for Letters of Intent and for full proposals. All Letters of Intent are to be submitted directly to the National Sea Grant Office (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov). Full proposals must be submitted directly to grants.gov.

For more information, please contact: 

Steve Jones
Associate Director & Assistant Director for Research
NH Sea Grant
stephen.jones@unh.edu


Informational Webinar

The National Sea Grant Office will host an informational webinar providing an overview of these 2019 aquaculture-related funding opportunities. The webinar will include a presentation and provide an opportunity to ask questions that you may have about applying to the announcement.

Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST 

This webinar has passed but the presentation slides are available here,
and the webinar Q&A transcript is available here.

Webinar accessibility: If you would like a plain text version of the presentation sent to you ahead of time, or would like the NSGO to provide live captioning of this event or require any other special assistance to participate in this webinar, please email oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov at least 24 hours ahead of the scheduled start time of the webinar.  For more information on Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please visit www.ada.gov.

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