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Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Institutions, and
Individuals for Collaborative Developmental Projects in Aquaculture

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

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04/24/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and Guam private and public corporations, agencies, individuals, and other entities collaborating with eligible coastal and lake-based institutions for high-risk developmental projects addressing aquaculture issues. A letter of intent must be submitted before applying.

This competition focuses on developmental efforts that will build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners around diverse aquaculture issues for which a minimal foundation currently exists. As such, this competition intends to fund higher risk, higher reward projects that will bring experts together to identify needs and gaps in their focal area. These projects may support tool development, workshops, education, outreach, business planning, and/or trainings addressing geographic or topical aquaculture issues, such as those which have been identified in Sea Grant’s national focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA), the Sea Grant Network 10-year Aquaculture Vision, and in other NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.

Sea Grant expects to fund projects across a range of funding levels, topics, and geographies, depending on the proposals received. Selected project teams will be required to participate in an annual National Sea Grant Aquaculture Symposium to share results of work done, challenges, and next steps.

Successful applications will address challenges within a geographic or topical area, such as the following examples:

- Geographically relevant aquaculture challenges that require new paradigms or approaches to overcome
- Initial development of integrated research, outreach, and education program frameworks
- Planning, training, and/or information transfer activities in support of the preceding priorities
- Adapting to environmental change
- Innovative species, technologies, or locations
- Community engagement
- Traditional/ indigenous practices

For more information on program details and background, see the NOFO document in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185514

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 16

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $10,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019, with projects to be completed by August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to submit to this opportunity:

Sea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs, and the National Sea Grant Law Center. For the remainder of this document, these entities are collectively referred to as “Sea Grant Programs”.

Other interested entities including: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity; or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof, must work with a relevant Sea Grant Program to establish appropriate collaborations. 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.

It is not a priority to fund individual research projects through this competition.

No payment under any grant or contract under this section may be applied to:

(A) the purchase or rental of any land; or

(B) the purchase, rental, construction, preservation, or repair of any building, dock, or vessel; except that payment under any such grant or contract may be applied to the shortterm rental of buildings or facilities for meetings which are in direct support of any Sea Grant Program or project and may, if approved by the Secretary, be applied to the purchase, rental, construction, preservation, or repair of non-self-propelled habitats, buoys, platforms, and other similar devices or structures, or to the rental of any research vessel which is used in direct support of activities under any Sea Grant Program or project.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent must be received by the National Sea Grant Office via electronic mail by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 26, 2019.

Eligible applicants must submit application materials via by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on April 24, 2019.

Any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at Applicants are also required to use the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System, as identified in OMB guidance.

Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the federal funding request must be provided unless a waiver justified by statute is granted. The cumulative match at the end of each year of the grant must not fall below 50 percent of the cumulative federal request up to that point. In-kind contributions directly supporting this Application may count towards this matching requirement. See the Sea Grant General Application Guide below for more information.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit letters of intent and questions to:

The National Sea Grant Office mailing address is:
NOAA Sea Grant
1315 East-West Highway SSMC3, R/SG
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)