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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the S-K Program?

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The S-K Program is a competitive grant program administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Department of Commerce. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance for research and development activities that benefit U.S. marine and Great Lakes fisheries. NMFS seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to U.S. fishing communities and encourages proposals that involve fishing community participation. NMFS solicits proposals through a notice published in the Federal Register once during each year for which grant funds have been allocated.  A PDF version of the most recent notice can be viewed by clicking the appropriate link. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2010 solicitation is September 1, 2009

What types of research and development proposals are being sought under this program?

The Full Funding Opportunity (FFO) notice identifies specific funding priorities. Applications must address one of these priorities. (A PDF version of the most recent FFO notice, which lists and describes these priorities, can be viewed by clicking the this link.) 

Successful applications will be those aimed at helping fishing communities to resolve issues that affect their ability to fish; make full use of those species that are currently under Federal or state fishery management plans and cultured species; and address the socioeconomic impacts of overfishing and overcapacity.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2009 as published in the Federal Register. All applications must be received by close of business on this date in one of the designated offices listed under Application Addresses in the solicitation notice. Click here (PDF) to view the most recently published solicitation notice. Please note that the deadline for this solicitation may have already passed.

Is cost-sharing required?

In recent years, NMFS has required applicants to provide a minimum cost-share of 10% of total project costs. This requirement may change from year to year. You must comply with the cost-share requirement in the solicitation notice when preparing an application. Applications that do not include at least the minimum cost-share requirement will not be considered for funding and will be returned to the applicant. By statute, applicants are limited to a maximum cost-share of 50% of the total project costs. The funds you provide as cost sharing may include funds from private sources or from state or local governments, or the value of in-kind contributions. You may not use Federal funds to meet the cost sharing requirement except as provided by Federal statute. In-kind contributions are non-cash contributions provided by you as the applicant or by non-Federal third parties. In-kind contributions may include but are not limited to, personal services volunteered to perform tasks in the project, and permission to use, at no cost, real or personal property owned by others.

What is the normal project period for an S-K award?

The maximum funding period for awards is 24 months. Applications to continue ongoing projects must be submitted to the competitive process annually, and will not receive preferential consideration.

If my application is recommended for funding, when could I expect funding to be made available?

In recent years, the NMFS budget has not been made available until late in the first quarter of the fiscal year, which begins on October 1. Therefore, grants are usually awarded during the second quarter of the fiscal year (January through March). The solicitation is generally published in the fiscal year before the fiscal year in which the awards are made. For example, the notice to solicit proposals for funding in FY 2010 was published in July of 2009 (FY 2009).

How many applications are received/funded in a given year?

The S-K Program typically receives 25 to 150 applications in response to the solicitation. Because the amount of funds allocated for the program varies from year to year, the number of awards also varies. Click here to view the latest S-K funding recommendations. For more information please contact the S-K Program Manager, Daniel Namur at

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