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Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Institutions, and
Individuals for Collaborative Capacity-Building 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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05/15/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Puerto Rico, and Guam private and public corporations, agencies, individuals, and other entities collaborating with eligible coastal and lake-based institutions for capacity-building education, outreach, and research in aquaculture. LOIs must be submitted prior to applying.

The collaborative programs initiated through this competition will serve as hubs for fully integrated research, outreach, and education that will provide broad, non-proprietary support and investment in building, and/or enhancing a geographic or topical aquaculture industry. Successful applicants will propose collaborative programs in which multiple disciplines and sources of knowledge are integrated holistically to lead to new and novel understanding and solutions.

Selected collaborative programs will be required to participate in an annual National Sea Grant Aquaculture Symposium to share results of work conducted, challenges, and next steps.

This competition will support proposals that will create aquaculture-focused geographic or topical collaborative programs that are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network 10-year Aquaculture Vision in support of NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals. For this competition, geographic or topical collaborative programs include the advancement of sustainable aquaculture practices that serve to increase the production of protein from marine (ocean, coastal and Great Lakes) systems, including traditional and indigenous practices.

Successful applications will address the following:

- Conduct a comprehensive assessment of existing knowledge for the topic and/or geography of focus;
- Involve diverse partnerships and stakeholders (including across sectors and among Sea Grant Programs) in the collaborative program proposed;
- Support critical extension/technology transfer capacity to enhance the synthesis and transfer of past research as well as inform next generation efforts; and
- Advance the topic or geography of focus to the next appropriate phase of development. Depending on the current status for a particular topic and/or geography, this may include addressing any one or more of the following activities as well as others not specifically listed here:

- Prioritizing and supporting research to remove production barriers or bottlenecks related to disease, genetics and genomics, hatchery seed stock, feed availability, engineering limitations and/or other topics;
- Addressing social, behavioral, economic and/or policy priorities associated with the establishment of environmentally and economically sustainable domestic aquaculture; and/or
- Implementing existing plans to advance aquaculture, which could support and/or form the basis of out-year demonstration projects within the collaborative.

For more program background and information, see the NOFO document in Attached Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185573

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a total cost of $1,200,000 in Federal funds

Term of Contract:

The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019, with projects to be completed by August 31, 2022.

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.

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 short-term 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 electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15, 2019.

Eligible applicants must submit application materials by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 15, 2019 to

A Sea Grant Program may submit or participate in more than one proposal.

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)