Applying to Saltonstall-Kennedy Grants
How to Apply
Step 1: Pre-proposal
New for this solicitation is the requirement to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission. The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal. When drafting a pre-proposal, applicants should clearly convey the management impact and applicability of their proposed research for the priority area to which they are applying. Late or incomplete pre-proposals, as well as those that deviate from content or format requirements, will not be reviewed by NOAA.
Each pre-proposal may not exceed two pages, single-spaced, in at least 12 point font and must provide:
- Title of project;
- Background section that sets the stage for the work and identifies which one of the priorities in Section I.B (in the FFO) that the pre-proposal addresses directly;
- Rationale of why the work should be conducted and how it is relevant to the SK Program;
- Clear statement of objectives and general methodology to be used;
- Identification of required permits (i.e. ESA, MMPA) and permit numbers, if applicable; and
- Estimated budget amount;
- In addition, and not counted towards the two page limit, the applicant must provide:
- Cover page that includes the title of the project, the name, affiliation, and address of the primary investigators with e-mail and phone contact information, the estimated total budget requested, and duration of the project (start and end dates).
Pre-proposals for the 2017 SK solicitation are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, September 20, 2016, and should be sent via email to NMFS.SK.PreProposals@noaa.gov. By October 10, 2016, NOAA Fisheries will inform applicants, based upon their pre proposal, if the SK Program encourages or discourages submission of a full proposal.
Step 2: Full Proposal
Full proposals will not be reviewed or evaluated if a pre-proposal was not received and ranked. Full proposals must be received by http://www.Grants.gov, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, December 9, 2016. The submission of your full SK application through Grants.gov, the online portal to all Federal grant opportunities, is strongly encouraged.
- Go to www.Grants.gov (recommended browser: Internet Explorer)
- Click “Applicants” tab and select “Apply for Grants”
- Click “Get Application Package”
- Enter the SK Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-FHQ-2017-2004980
Please note applicants must be registered with Grants.gov in order to apply for funding electronically. The registration process can take up to two weeks, so we recommend that applicants start this process as early as possible. Further instructions on how to register with Grants.gov are available.
Detailed guidance on how to prepare proposals is provided in the SK FFO. This document should be read carefully to ensure that proposals meet eligibility requirements and are complete upon submission. Complete instructions for preparing and submitting proposals are also available through Grants.gov.
Who Can Apply
You are eligible to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement under the SK Grant Program if:
- You are a citizen or national of the United States;
- You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia; or
- You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other non-Federal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian Tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States, or NMI, within the meaning of section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. Section 5050.)
For the full eligibility requirements please review section III Eligibility Information, of the SK FFO.
When to Apply
The annual SK solicitation, published this year on grants.gov on July 22, 2016, is generally published in the fiscal year before the fiscal year in which the awards are made. The FY17 solicitation will close on December 9, 2016. Successful applicants are typically announced in August of the following year.
Additionally, NOAA Fisheries will be conducting a webinar on how to find and apply for Fiscal Year 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding.
Updated: July 2016