Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities

Funding Category
Grants and Funding
Application Deadline
Proposal Contact: sgproposal@ucsd.edu

Open to Sea Grant Programs

$1,500,000 total; $100,000 maximum per award over 1–2 years

Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates $1,500,000 will be available to support Sea Grant-led aquaculture projects to catalyze work in a range of topics or geographies. This competition will fund diverse, and at times, high-risk, developmental projects that will envision, explore and advance aquaculture opportunities where a minimal foundation currently exists.

This is one of three federal funding opportunities to advance U.S. aquaculture announced by the National Sea Grant College Program.

Eligible ApplicantsSea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs, and the National Sea Grant Law Center.

●  Other interested entities must work with a relevant Sea Grant Program to establish appropriate collaborations. This includes: 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.

The Exploring New Opportunities and Collaborative Program FFOs require Sea Grant Program leadership and submission. Neither of these calls is intended to support a single, discrete research project. As outlined in the FFOs, they are intended to be broader projects that may involve research but also require industry involvement, outreach and extension components and increase the capacity of the California Sea Grant Program to support ongoing and future research, extension and communication programming related to aquaculture. 

If you are interested in collaborating with California Sea Grant on an aquaculture proposal, please complete the partnership form as soon as possible and by close of business on March 14, 2019. If you are interested in multiple opportunities, please fill out additional forms by the date indicated below:

Partnership form

March 14, 2019
Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities FFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960
March 21, 2019
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture FFO
Please note that this competition is open to all and does not require collaboration with or submission by CA Sea Grant.
March 28, 2019
Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005963

The California Sea Grant Aquaculture FFO Team will discuss the collective ideas, prioritize, and follow up within a reasonable time before the LOI due date.  Please keep in mind that given the short turn-around time for the LOIs and our own program’s priorities for aquaculture programming and capacity, we will not be able to develop meaningful collaboration with all interested partners at this time.


There was an optional informational webinar about these federal funding opportunities on Monday, March 4.

Slides Questions and answers

Proposal Deadlines:

Letters of intent due March 26, 2019 to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov and copy sgproposal@ucsd.edu by 2:00pm Pacific Time/5:00pm Eastern Time. 

Full proposals due April 24, 2019 via grants.gov. 


  Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Exploring New Opportunities Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative
Project proposal narrative page limit 15 15 25
Eligible applicants and submissions All interested entities (as defined in FFO) Sea Grant programs (as defined in FFO) Sea Grant programs (as defined in FFO)
Letters of Intent (required) due to NSGO via email April 2, 2019, 5:00 pm ET March 26, 2019, 5:00 pm ET April 15, 2019, 5:00 pm ET
Application materials due to Grants.gov May 1, 2019, 5:00 pm ET April 24, 2019, 5:00 pm ET May 15, 2019, 5:00
Project time limit up to 2 years 1-2 years up to 3 years
Project cost ceiling (Federal funds) $250,000 $100,000 $1,200,000