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2014 Special Projects Funding Availability Announcement - This competition is closed -

Competition: Development of a fish descending device in the mid-Atlantic

Closing Date: June 26, 2014

Date of Posting: May 29, 2014. The National Sea Grant College Program, in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office is soliciting proposals from Sea Grant programs within the mid-Atlantic Coast (North Carolina through New York) to support a competitive project to conduct research on the Atlantic Coast, addressing methods to reduce the impact of barotrauma in recreational fisheries on the east coast.  The specific area of interest is the development of devices that can be used to return multiple fish at one time to the depth at which they were caught.  The goal is to develop a device that is more convenient for use on party and charter fishing vessels to encourage the return of fish to depth.

More information about fish descending devices can be found at and

Consult the Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available at, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, evaluation criteria, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information. Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECT "E" under this Opportunity in

The expected budget for the program is up to $35,000 for a one-year project.   Matching funds are not required for this project. 

It is anticipated that one award will be made (depending on the quality and number of applications received).

Applications should propose a start date of September 1, 2014, and an end date no later than September 30, 2015. Applications may request up to $35,000 in Federal funds. Matching funds are not required.

An application must include the following components as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity: SF-424 form, 90-2 Project Summary (use the "Short Form"), and Project Description.  In addition, a 90-4, SF 424A, and SF 424B are required. The "Short Form" 90-2 and 90-4 forms are available online on the Sea Grant Forms and Templates web page and are to be attached to the application package; the other forms are in the application package.

Applications must be submitted to to Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014- 2004033, Special Project "E", no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on June 26, 2014.

This competition is only open to: Sea Grant Programs within the mid-Atlantic region (North Carolina to New York). Partnerships are encouraged with other Programs if expertise exists elsewhere.

For further information about this competition, please consult Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033 , available on the Federal Grant Opportunity website, or send questions to

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