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Current Opportunities

American Lobster Research Program

This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. It is informed by listening sessions with regional fishing industry stakeholders, state and federal fisheries managers, and university, state and federal fisheries researchers.

Read formal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on Grants.gov

Deadline to apply: March 19, 2020

National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program 

Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into grants.gov. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 30, 2020. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time February 27, 2020. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006263
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics expects to award at least three new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2020 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. These fellowships can provide support for up to three years. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006261
The 2020 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics expects to award one new Ph.D. Fellowship each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years.

Special Projects Announcement: Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that up to $140,000 in Sea Grant funding will be available to support the development of the 2021 Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop. It is anticipated that no more than one application will be selected.

Read the Full Announcement (Download PDF)
Direct link to Special Projects NOFO on Grants.gov
Informational resources from previous opportunities: 2019 Webinar (download webinar slides - PDF); Frequently Asked Questions, updated November 19, 2018 (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Academy

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that up to $75,000 in Sea Grant funding will be available to develop, conduct, and evaluate the 8th National Sea Grant Academy, to be held in 2021.Non-federal matching funds are not required for this competition. It is anticipated that no more than one application will be selected.

Read the full announcement (PDF download) 
Direct link to Special Projects NOFO on Grants.gov

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant-Marine Debris Competition

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and the Marine Debris Program (MDP) anticipate that approximately $300,000.00 will be available over the next two years for projects that support the goals and objectives identified within the Marine Debris Program’s Strategic Plan (FY 2016-2020), regional or state Marine Debris Action Plans or align with the program components identified in the Marine Debris Act.

Due Date: January 9, 2020
Read the full announcement (PDF download
Direct link to Special Projects NOFO on Grants.gov

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Support of Workshops and Meetings

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $60,000 in FY 2020 Federal Funds will be available to individual Sea Grant Programs in order to support activities at workshops, conferences or professional meetings that are directly in support of each Program’s 2018-21 strategic plan and/or in alignment with goals and actions identified in the “network visioning” plans developed in 2017-18.

Due Dates: December 18, 2019, February 17, 2020; April 13, 2020
Read the full announcement (PDF download
Direct link to Special Projects NOFO on Grants.gov

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by February 21, 2020. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with the eligible Sea Grant program at the program’s request. Grant announcement: NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006204 

 

 

Past Opportunities

Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative

Full announcement on grants.gov

Informational webinar May 7, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern, Webinar slides (PDF), webinar Q and A log (PDF)

Letters of Intent due to the National Sea Grant Office on May 15, 2019.

Full proposals due in grants.gov June 19, 2019. 

Sea Grant Programs Only: Network Visioning Implementation

Only Sea Grant Programs are eligible for this funding opportunity. Proposals are due in grants.gov on May 23, 2019. (Grants.gov announcement)

Guidance (Word document)

Project Narrative Template (Word document)

Sea Grant Community-Engaged Undergraduate Internship Program: A Proposal (Word document, updated with corrected budget language 4-26-2019)

Informational webinar: May 9, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern Register or join here, Webinar slides (PDF), Webinar Q and A log (PDF)

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiatives

Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs - 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005963
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.

Letters of Intent are due April 15, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).
Full proposals are due May 15, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).

Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities - 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960
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.

Letters of intent are due March 26, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).
Full proposals are due April 24, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture - 2019,  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953
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 April 2, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).
Full proposals are due May 1, 2019 (see formal announcement for details).

Informational Webinar: The National Sea Grant Office hosted an informational webinar about the three aquaculture-related funding opportunities on Monday, March 4 at 3 pm Eastern. View presentation slides (pdf) View questions and answers log from webinar (pdf)

National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program

Sea Grant is currently seeking research proposals to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. It is informed by listening sessions with regional fishing industry stakeholders, state and federal fisheries managers, and university, state and federal fisheries researchers. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between 5-10 research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million in FY2019. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. Proposals are due to grants.gov by April 11, 2019. NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005917 

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by February 22, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with the eligible Sea Grant program at the program’s request. Grant announcement: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2005911 

National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program 

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into grants.gov. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on February 28, 2019. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via Grants.gov by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time March 28, 2019. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005907
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics expects to award at least three new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2019 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. These fellowships can provide support for up to three years. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005909 

The 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics expects to award one new Ph.D. Fellowship each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years.

Past Special Projects Announcements

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Northeast Regional Lobster Extension Program

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that approximately $600,000.00 will be available over the next four years to support a cooperative agreement to develop, staff, and implement a Sea Grant Northeast Regional Lobster Extension Program.

Due Date: February 5, 2019
Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the NOAA Office of Education (OEd) anticipate that up to $140,000 will be available to fund a cooperative agreement to develop, conduct, and evaluate one to several Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshops, to be held between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.

Due date: January 23, 2019
Informational webinar (download webinar slides - PDF): Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 3 pm Eastern (Registration link)
Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Frequently Asked Questions, update November 19, 2018 (PDF download)

 

Sea Grant Law Center Small Grants Program

The National Sea Grant Law Center is currently seeking proposals from Sea Grant programs for one-year projects to promote the growth and development of Sea Grant legal programming and build the capacity of individual Sea Grant programs to address legal issues in their states. Approximately $68,000 in federal funds is expected for 2018. A funding request of $10,000 - $20,000 per project is suggested. Matching funds are not required. Letters of intent are due September 14, 2018. Full proposals are due October 26, 2018. 

Request for Proposals link

National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

FFO link: Funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489 (FFO and application package available via grants.gov)

Proposal FAQ (PDF download) *UPDATED MARCH 14, 2018

Forms

Proposals are due to Sea Grant programs by March 2, 2018; Sea Grant programs must then submit proposals to grants.gov by March 30, 2018.

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;
  • (b) developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and
  • (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity, in conjunction 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. 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.

More information on Sea Grant's work on and support of aquaculture 

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For general information on funding opportunities by any of the 33 state Sea Grant programs, visit seagrant.noaa.gov/funding.