Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture

Funding Category
Grants and Funding
Application Deadline
Proposal Contact:

Open to all

$3,000,000 total; $250,000 maximum per award over 1–2 years

Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates around $3,000,000 will be available to support 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. The initiative is informed by the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research; the Sea Grant 10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision; and previous research from federal, state, and university scientists.

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

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)
  • Any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof

If you are interested in collaborating with California Sea Grant on an aquaculture proposal, please complete the partnership form by close of business on March 21, 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 must be received by electronic mail ( and copy by 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/ 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 2, 2019.

Full proposals are due to by 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/ 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 2019.

Note: LOIs and proposals should be sent directly to the National Sea Grant Office and will not be routed through state Sea Grant Programs.

  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 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