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Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Individuals,
and Other Entities for Research Addressing 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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05/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and Guam private and public corporations, agencies, individuals, and other entities and associations for research addressing economic, behavioral, and social factors affecting aquaculture in the United States. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to applying.

NOAA provides funding to Sea Grant institutions to increase the understanding, assessment, development, management, utilization, and conservation of the Nation’s ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources by providing assistance to promote a strong educational base, responsive research and training activities, broad and prompt dissemination of knowledge and techniques, and multidisciplinary approaches to environmental problems, in accordance with 33 USC 1121(b).

Sea Grant investments in aquaculture are supported by its mission to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment. The aquaculture industry sits at the crossroads of economy and environment. The focus of this competition on the socio-behavioral and economic sciences is timely as many social, behavioral, and economic questions about aquaculture in the U.S. remain to be answered.

This competition focuses on supporting research to address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge as it relates to U.S. aquaculture and the communities impacted and served by it. Selected research proposals will be required to participate in an annual National Sea Grant Aquaculture Symposium to share results of work done, challenges, and next steps.

For this competition, the word aquaculture encompasses the techniques, communities, and stakeholders working with production of protein from marine (ocean, coastal and Great Lakes) systems, and traditional and indigenous practices.

Successful applications will propose to complete at least one of the following:
- Analyses of aquaculture business models that involve collaborative or cooperative relationships with commercial fishing and/or conservation communities;
- Assessments that identify local, state, and/or federal regulatory and policy barriers to entry and/or expansion for commercial aquaculture;
- Assessments that identify social and cultural perceptions of commercial aquaculture production and products in the United States;
- Economic analyses, including modeling, that evaluates the relative cost and value of different aquaculture systems, species, as well as major components of production and distribution.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185574

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Expected Number of Awards: 13

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Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $10,000

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Projects will be competitively selected and run for up to two years. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019, with projects to be completed by August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. 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.

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 shortterm 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:

Dates: Letters of Intent must be received by electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 2, 2019.

Eligible applicants must submit application materials by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 1, 2019 to

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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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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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)