National Aquaculture Funding Opportunities


Since 1966, Sea Grant has invested in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture to help coastal communities maintain a safe and sustainable local seafood supply. The National Sea Grant College Program is continuing to invest in aquaculture focuses in 2020 by building upon the foundation laid by recent investments and continuing to draw on the aquaculture expertise contained within the broader Sea Grant network.

All interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact Sam Lake, Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator at sjlake@vaseagrant.org prior to the Letter of Intent deadline. Virginia Sea Grant may have capacity that can be leveraged to strengthen proposals including potential connections to Sea Grant aquaculture extension staff, education and outreach capacity, coastal communities stakeholders, and other relevant end-users.

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

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. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education.

This competition will fund proposals that: 1) cultivate additional expertise in aquaculture economics and markets; 2) address geographic and/or topical research needs with respect to aquaculture economics and markets; and 3) advance management of aquaculture businesses towards the development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Proposals should 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.

All interested parties are required to contact Sam Lake, Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator at sjlake@vaseagrant.org prior to the Notice to Submit deadline. Virginia Sea Grant may have capacity that can be leveraged to strengthen proposals including potential connections to Sea Grant aquaculture extension staff, education and outreach capacity, coastal communities stakeholders, and other relevant end-users.

A Notice to Submit (Letter of Intent) for this competition must be received via email by both Virginia Sea Grant (sjlake@vaseagrant.org) and the National Sea Grant Office (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov) by 5:00 pm (Eastern) on February 26, 2020.

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a state Sea Grant program. Please note: the deadline has been extended due to the disruptions and continued uncertainty with respect to COVID-19. To ensure that full proposals are submitted to Grants.gov by the July 14, 2020 deadline, all proposals must be submitted to Virginia Sea Grant through eSeaGrant by 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

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