Funding Opportunity: NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program
The pre-proposal deadline for this solicitation is February 21, 2014.
The Federal Funding Opportunity for the "NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2014" has been published on grants.gov. Please visit and search for keyword "Aquaculture," funding opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2003987, or go directly to this link.
Please bear in mind that funding for this competition is contingent on the Sea Grant program's final Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
Full proposals are due from applicants to the state Sea Grant Program by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 2014.
State Sea Grant Programs must forward all full proposal applications to Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 30, 2014.
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 2014 marine 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.
The following are program priorities for this competition. The most successful proposals will address all of the following priorities. A proposal does not need to address all three of the research topical areas (listed in B.2.a-c) to be competitive:
1. High probability of significantly advancing sustainable domestic marine aquaculture development in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion). To be considered responsive to this priority, applicants must clearly demonstrate how their specific research project will advance marine aquaculture in the short-term.
2. Directly address major constraints that currently limit development and progress of domestic aquaculture, and specifically focus on one or more of the three following topical areas:
a) Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product-- such as a tool, technology, template, or model-- needed to make final decisions on a specific question regarding impacts of aquaculture. This must be specific enough to answer a particular regulatory question, but must be able to serve as a model to be applied to other similar issues. To be considered responsive to this priority,
a) clearly state how their work will address a current and specific regulatory impasse; b) clearly state how their work will facilitate a prompt decision on the pending regulatory question and provide the time-frame for that to occur, as well as state the general application of the decision; and c) provide specific contacts/letters of support from the agency (or agencies) involved that requires this information.
b) Public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems with production technology, especially those that limit a steady supply of marine or Great Lakes fingerlings: Hatchery ‘bottlenecks’ between the egg and fingerling stages. This research topic is intended to cover all species, not just finfish, and includes all production technology issues, not only those that limit the production of marine fingerlings. This includes, but is not limited to new production technologies that reduce mortality risk for aquaculture species and improve their nutritional value while reducing pressure on wild stocks. To be considered responsive to this priority, applicants must clearly state how the results from their proposed work to increase fingerling supply will be ready for technology transfer, outreach, or extension efforts to advance sustainable domestic marine aquaculture in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion).
c) Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context: Research on the social and/or economic issues associated with current and new marine or Great Lakes aquaculture. This includes interactions between aquaculture and harvest fisheries, valuation of ecosystem services for aquaculture operations, and consumer and stakeholder perception of aquaculture. To be considered responsive to this priority, applicants must clearly state how these research findings will be ready for outreach or extension efforts to advance sustainable domestic marine aquaculture in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion).
This announcement includes application information and criteria for proposals requesting a maximum of $500,000 in total federal funding for up to a two-year period. Matching funds are required.
Awards are anticipated to be issued no later than September 1, 2014. Additional proposals from this competition may be selected for funding in 2015, subject to the availability of funds.
The lists of previously funded National Sea Grant Aquaculture projects can be found on the following sites: