Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative

Funding Category
Grants and Funding
Application Deadline

Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2006046

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates awarding up to five projects totaling up to $2 million in FY 2019. Awarded projects must have a maximum duration of two years.

Atlantic highly migratory species, which include tunas, billfish, and sharks, are important to both the ecological health of ocean ecosystems and to commercial and recreational fisheries. However, knowledge gaps in the life history, biology, and population status of many of these species limit understanding and the ability to sustainably manage these species. Populations of highly migratory species and the coastal communities that rely on the health of these important fish stocks could greatly benefit from improved, science-based management and conservation.

As part of the FY 2019 Appropriations Bill for NOAA, Congress directed the National Sea Grant College Program to spend up to $2 million to initiate a highly migratory species research initiative focused on highly migratory species species in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, including the interactions between yellow-fin tuna and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. This direction, and priorities identified in the 2014 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management-Based Research Needs and Priorities document developed by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in concert with industry and management stakeholders, was used to develop this initiative, which will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about highly migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean regions.

Eligible Applicants

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.

We encourage cooperative applicant teams that integrate diverse sectors, including industry, academia, and other groups, as appropriate and encourage the integration of extension and/or communications professionals who will help ensure that research results are conveyed and applied by stakeholders.


The National Sea Grant Office will host an informational webinar about this funding opportunity on Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (PDT).


Proposal Deadlines:

Letters of intent due May 15, 2019 to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov by 2:00pm Pacific Time/5:00pm Eastern Time. 

Full proposals due June 19, 2019 by 2:00pm Pacific Time/5:00pm Eastern Time via grants.gov.