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Current Opportunities

National Federal Partnership Liaisons Competition

In an effort to increase collaboration and effective use of federally-funded ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research, the NSGO is looking for proposals to develop National Federal Partnership Liaison positions in coordination with other federal agencies or programs whose project goals align with and support national Sea Grant focus area or vision plan goals. We expect to fund 2-3 liaisons at up to $100K of Sea Grant federal dollars annually for four years. State match of 50% of NSGO funds and ‘substantial’ federal partner funding required. 

Eligible applicants: Sea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs and the National Sea Grant Library

Read formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006316

Informational Webinars on March 18, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern (Recording available here) and May 21, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern (Register or join here)

Letters of Intent EXTENDED due date: June 25, 2020 via email (oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov)

Full proposals EXTENDED due date: September 17, 2020 via email (oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov)

Successful applicants will be asked to submit their full application packages via Grants.gov in response to this NOFO by January 26, 2021.

Learn more about Sea Grant's liaisons at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/liaisons

Aquaculture: Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals. 

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

Read formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331

Informational Webinar February 5, 2020 at 3 pm Eastern (Register or join here)
Webinar slides (PDF)
Question and answer log from webinar discussion (PDF)

Notices of intent to submit due February 26, 2020

Full proposals EXTENDED due date: July 14, 2020

Funding Opportunity: FY 2020-21 Base Increase

Total funding for this opportunity includes up to $200,000 in federal funds and $100,000 in non-federal match per program for FY 2021-2022.

Programs are asked to submit a proposal outlining how your program will expand and/or augment work that aligns with your program’s strategic plan and builds on work proposed in your 2018-21 omnibus package. Proposals may include one or more projects and funds may be used for research, program management, extension, communication, education work, and/or program development. Applications may not include placeholder funding. All Sea Grant programs are eligible to submit one application.

FY 2020-21 Base Increase Application Guidance (PDF download)

Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.

Due date: May 19, 2020 or November 3, 2020.

Please contact your program officer with any questions.

Aquaculture: Supplemental Funds

Eligible Sea Grant Programs are invited to apply for aquaculture supplemental funds to be directed to a range of possible activities including, for example, one or more aquaculture proposals from the most recent RFP cycle that were deemed fundable but not funded; aquaculture extension, education or communication activities; a joint regional aquaculture research competition; a joint regional (or topical) aquaculture extension position; competitive exploratory aquaculture Program Development funds; or a range of other activities that fall within approved strategic plans and the Aquaculture 10 year and Communications Visioning Plans

It is a priority for the NSGO that these funds be committed to new activities. These funds are not intended to replace other support for staff so that those funds might be used for non-aquaculture activities. The funds may, though, be used to support existing staff to expand their aquaculture activities.

Aquaculture Supplemental Funds submission guidance (PDF download) 

Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.

Due date: May 19, 2020 or November 3, 2020.

Please contact Mark Rath or Charles Weirich with any questions.

 

Past Opportunities

Funding Opportunity: FY2020 COVID-19 Related Rapid Response 

Total funding for this opportunity includes up to $100,000 in federal funds and $50,000 in non-federal match per program. This one-time investment is for projects with deliverables within 6 to 12-months from the start date.

Proposals should outline how your program will address one or more of the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that are having far-reaching impacts on the communities that Sea Grant serves. All Sea Grant programs are eligible to submit one application.

FY2020 COVID-19 Related Rapid Response Funding Application Guidance (PDF download)

Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.

Due date: June 3, 2020.

Please contact Nikola Garber with any questions.

Special Projects Announcement: Support of Network Visioning Plan Implementation

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $600,000 will be available to individual Sea Grant Programs to support activities that are directly in alignment with goals and actions identified in the “network visioning” plans developed in 2017-18. Overall, the goal of this funding opportunity is to increase the capacity of Sea Grant Programs to implement priority actions identified in visioning documents. Each award will be no greater than $200,000 and applications DO NOT require the standard 50% non-federal match for Sea Grant projects.

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "G" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should have a start date no earlier than August 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than two years after the proposed start date. 

Application due date: May 19, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Read the FAQ (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Amberjack Research Program

The goal of this research program is to develop additional data sources, assessment approaches, and knowledge to improve agency and agency-independent estimates of the abundance of Greater Amberjack throughout the Greater Amberjack’s range. The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that up to $10,000,000 in federal funding will be available to a Sea Grant Program or a partnership of Sea Grant Programs to administer a research competition regarding the Gulf and South Atlantic stocks of Greater Amberjack subsequent to conducting listening sessions or workshops to ascertain research needs.

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "H" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should propose a start date no earlier than September 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than three years after the proposed start date. 

Application due date: May 15, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Support of South Atlantic Red Snapper Stock Assessment

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $1,575,000 in federal funding will be available to a Sea Grant Program, or a partnership of Sea Grant Programs to administer a research competition investigating abundance of the South Atlantic stocks of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus). $1.5M is available for research sub-award(s) and an additional $75,000 is available to the Sea Grant program(s) for administrative costs. Applications do not require the standard 50% non-federal match for Sea Grant projects, as funds are provided in partnership with the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC).

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "J" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should propose a start date no earlier than September 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than three years after the proposed start date. 

Deadline to apply: May 12, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Support of Regional Coral Disease Response Coordinator

This project would provide support for a Regional Coral Disease Response Coordinator position to be established at a Sea Grant program with Federal FY 20 funding from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $660,000 in federal funding over a 4-year period will be available to a Sea Grant Program to coordinate a regional level response to the recent outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Florida and the U.S. Caribbean.

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "I" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should propose a start date no earlier than September 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than four years after the proposed start date.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

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.

Application due date: April 30, 2020

Read the Full Announcement (PDF download) 
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 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.

Application due date: December 18, 2019; February 17, 2020; April 28, 2020

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

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.

Informational webinar: February 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm Eastern (register here)

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

Application due date: April 21, 2020

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 

State programs: please submit the full Knauss packages through Grants.gov by April 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT

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: 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

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 

Short cut to Forms and Templates page

 

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