NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 across fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years).

This competition is designed to foster the expansion of

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sustainable U. S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture.

Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production.

See full FFO for examples.

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two to three year period.

Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $1,000,000 in federal funding must include at least $500,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $1,500,000).

Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives:
(1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally-managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.); (3) utilizes 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; (4) addresses how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; (5) that, upon completion, will have a high likelihood of successful implementation within 2-4 years.

Applications requesting any amount between the minimum and maximum federal request are welcome.

Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 201 7. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

Related Programs

Sea Grant Support

Department of Commerce

Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: None

Estimated Funding: $12,000,000

Who's Eligible

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
All applications must be submitted through a Sea Grant program (a Sea Grant College, Institution, Coherent Area Program, or the Sea Grant Law Center).

The following entities are eligible to participate in this funding opportunity, by working 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.

Interested applicants need to identify a host Sea Grant Program to partner with, and who will submit the Letter of Intent and the Application on the partnership’s behalf.

It is anticipated that the host Sea Grant program will be selected based on location in the same state or region as the applicant(s), but may be based on a common interest in the topic of the application, particularly if the local state Sea Grant program does not have the expertise and/or capacity to support a particular project.

Contact information for all eligible state Sea Grant programs can be found at or may also be obtained by contacting the Agency Contact listed in Section VII.

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.

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Contact:, NOAA Sea Grant1315 East-West HighwaySSMC3, R/SG Silver Spring, MD 20910

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