Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 NOAA Sea Grant  Marine, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first 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.  The second competition  is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States.

1. 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 between 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 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.  

Letters of Intent are due from Sea Grant Programs via email to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov by 5:00 pm Eastern, March 28th, 2017. 

Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 pm. Eastern Time, May 9th, 2017.

See Grants.gov for the full announcement. (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005176)

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; and (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, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

 2. Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $3,000,000 between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for a national initiative focused on answering key questions impeding the development and expansion of sustainable United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. that seek to address key questions, barriers, or hurdles impeding the advancement of new or developing aquaculture initiatives that will contribute to the continuing growth of United States aquaculture production.  
 
Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 18th, 2017. 
 
See Grants.gov for the full announcement. (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005177)
 
This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply, and the criteria for applications requesting up to $150,000 in total federal funding for a six-month to two year period. Non-Federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $100,000 in federal funding must include at least $50,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $150,000).  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 key questions, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit the development of new or developing aquaculture initiatives (these can include research, extension, technology transfer, legal activities, small scale projects, business plans, and workshops, for example); (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;    

Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

Forms and Other Information

Sea Grant Aquaculture Competition 90-2 Form (zipped Excel spreadsheet)

Form 90-4 

Title Page 

Direct any questions to the following email address oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov.

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