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2016 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Competition

If you have questions, please respond to this email address oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov.

  • Preproposals are due March 10, 2016
  • Full proposals are due May 12, 2016

Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY 2016 aquaculture research projects.  This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.  Topical priorities for this FY 2016 competition are, briefly: a) Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions regarding aquaculture on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product—such as tool, technology, template, or model—needed to make final decisions on a specific question; b) Research that supports the introduction, and/or increase in production of new and emerging species of aquaculture interest; c) Research that supports continued seafood safety and product quality; and d) Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context.  Applicants must describe how their proposed work will rapidly and significantly advance U.S. aquaculture development in the short term (1-2 years after project completion).

Eligibility:  Institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, State, local and Indian tribal governments are eligible.  Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on proposals.  Directors of the state Sea Grant Programs are not eligible to compete for funds under this announcement.  Only applicants who submit a preliminary proposal through email by March 10, 2016 are eligible to submit a full proposal.

To obtain the RFP, please visit Grants.gov, FFO number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807.

Deadlines:

  • Pre-proposals must be received by electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 10, 2016.
  • Full proposals are due from applicants to the state Sea Grant Program by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2016. 

For a list of Sea Grant National Aquaculture research projects funded in previous cycles, please follow these links to find FY2012 and FY2014 projects.  (Keep in mind that they also contain extension and technology transfer projects.)  

Please refer all questions to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov

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Questions and Responses about the 2016 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Competition NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807

[last updated 4/1/2016]

Disclaimer: Please consult the official Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Announcement available on http://grants.gov for official information on the requirements of this competition. (Search for Funding Opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807.) The answers in this Q&A document are NOT official competition requirements. 

 

Preproposal-Specific:

Q. By my understanding of the focus areas, my preproposal seems relevant. Why was it found to be not relevant?

A. With over 200 preproposals submitted and enough funding to award perhaps ten, we asked reviewers to be very selective, and to distinguish preproposals that were very highly relevant to the focus areas from those that were only moderately relevant. We only encouraged a preproposal if there was broad agreement from all of its reviewers that it was highly relevant. In our notification, messages, we would perhaps have been more accurate if we had said that preproposals were not found to be highly relevant, rather than just saying they were not relevant.

Q. How many proposals were encouraged?

A. We ultimately encouraged about 40 preproposals. If we receive 40 full applications, there will still be about four times as many applications as we have funding to support.

Q. You said that I can submit a full proposal even if my preproposal was not encouraged. If I choose to do that, do I need to explain why I am submitting even without encouragement?

A. No, you don't have to explain. All full proposals will be judged on their own merit without regard to their preproposal review.

Q. Did I get any comments from the reviewers?

A. While comments were allowed from reviewers, they were not required, and many reviewers chose not to provide them. If your preproposal received any comments, they were included in the email that told you about the FAQ.


General:

Q: When are full proposals due?


A: Please refer to the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcements for questions about submission requirements. The FFO announcement, and not this Q&A page, provides the official information for this competition. The announcement is available on http://grants.gov. Search for Funding Opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807.


The FFO says that full proposals are due from applicants at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2016, regardless of where they are submitted.


Q: Where are proposals due?


A:  Applicants in different locations have different instructions for submitting full proposals. Please refer first to the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement. The FFO announcement, and not this Q&A page, provides the official information for this competition. The announcement is available on http://grants.gov. Search for Funding Opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807.


Q: When and where do I send the pre-proposal?  

A: As stated in the FFO, pre-proposals should be submitted to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov, by March 10, 2016.  Please refer first to the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement.  The FFO announcement, and not this Q&A page, provides the official information for this competition.  The announcement is available at http://grants.gov. Search for Funding Opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807.

Q: I have a question about the matching requirements for the full proposals. Is this cash only or can in-kind forms of match be used?


A:  In-kind contributions can count towards this matching requirement, but you should consult with your Sea Grant Program with all questions about matching funds.  Determining the appropriateness of all matching funds (including in-kind contributions) is the responsibility of the university or organization submitting the award, and is subject to approval by NOAA Grants Management Division, in accordance with OMB Circulars. Applicants are bound by the percentage of matching funds in the grant award.

Q. What should be included in my full proposal budget?

A. Please refer to the FFO for specific budget requirements. In addition, when preparing your budget, please remember to check with the state Sea Grant program regarding indirect costs associated with the project. The $300,000 limit must include all indirect costs.

Q: Are letters of support/references required at the pre-proposal stage?

A: Letters of support are not required at the pre-proposal stage.  

Q: What projects have been funded in previous cycles?

A: For a list of Sea Grant National Aquaculture research projects funded in cycles, please follow these links to find FY2012 and FY2014 projects.  (Keep in mind that they also contain extension and technology transfer projects.)  We have past projects funded in similar competitions (National Marine Aquaculture Initiative) on the National Marine Fisheries Service Aquaculture Funding Page for cycles before 2010 (click here).


Eligibility questions:

Q: Can pre-proposal applicants still apply for a full proposal, despite receiving notice that a full proposal is discouraged?

A: All those who submit complete and timely pre-proposals and meet all requirements are eligible to submit a full proposal.  

Q: I did not prepare a pre-proposal. Can I still submit a full proposal?

A: No. As stated in the FFO, only applicants who submitted a pre-proposal are eligible to submit a full proposal.

Q: Can NOAA (and other federal) labs and personnel be funded participants under this call?

A: Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding (e.g., salary, travel) under this competition; however, federal scientists can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on research proposals.  Also, note that any federal equipment or time you spend as a federal employee working on this cannot be counted towards the required non-federal matching funds.

Q:  I have a question not listed here, where can I submit a question?


A.  If your question isn't addressed in the FFO, please send an email to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov.


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