NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative - Production

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research
Application Deadline: March 21, 2017

2017 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research

Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

This aquaculture research competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. 

The “Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production” is one of two competitive funding opportunities in the 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative.

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 across fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production.

FULL ANNOUNCEMENT (via grants.gov)

Opportunity
Program Objectives
Important Dates
Proposal Content Requirements


OPPORTUNITY

Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production: This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two to three year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005176


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

This opportunity's program objective is to fund projects that integrate, as needed, research, outreach, and education to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture sector in the short-term (2-4 years). This will be done through integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production.

Examples that may address the program objective include: increased domestic production of currently farmed and promising new species or products through research and extension efforts that support improvements in nutrition, reproduction, larval rearing, genomics, and other areas to develop or enhance aquaculture products. Research could lead to improved growth, improved health, and adaptation to changing conditions; improved hatchery production to produce reliable shellfish seed, macroalgae seedlings, and finfish juveniles to accelerate industry growth. Examples could also include public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems that limit a steady supply of marine, coastal, or Great Lakes fingerlings or that develop sustainable feeds that maintain the human health benefits of seafood.


IMPORTANT DATES

March 21, 2017:
Approval to submit a draft letter of intent (see below) must be obtained from the California Sea Grant Director (Jim Eckman, jeckman@ucsd.edu) by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 26, 2017:
Letters of intent from proposers approved for submission must be submitted via email to sgproposal@ucsd.edu by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 28th, 2017:
Letters of Intent submitted from Sea Grant Programs are due at NOAA Headquarters by 5:00 pm Eastern, March 28th, 2017. 

April 25, 2017:
Final proposals are due to California Sea Grant by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Instructions will be communicated to approved proposers after the March 28 deadline for submitting letters of intent.

May 9th, 2017:
Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 pm. Eastern Time, May 9th, 2017.

It is up to prospective applicants to contact California Sea Grant and obtain approval to proceed with a letter of intent and proposal. Approval to proceed will be conditional upon inclusion of a member of our team of California Sea Grant Extension Specialists as a meaningful partner in a proposed project. Therefore, prospective applicants should contact the Sea Grant Extension Director, Lisa Schiavinato (lschiavinato@ucsd.edu; 858-822-2708) or potentially interested extension specialists to search for their interest in the proposed project, and willingness to serve in a meaningful role in the project.

It is the responsibility of the Sea Grant Director (Jim Eckman, jeckman@ucsd.edu) to determine if a prospective proposal idea will be approved for submission. He will make this decision based on input obtained from an extension specialist named in the project.


As described above, interested applicants need to identify a host Sea Grant Program to partner with, and who will submit the Letter of Intent and the Application on the partnership’s behalf. It is anticipated that the host Sea Grant program will be selected based on location in the same state or region as the applicant(s), but it may be based on a common interest in the topic of the application, particularly if the local state Sea Grant program does not have the expertise and/or capacity to support a particular project.

The Letter of Intent is intended to provide an indication to NOAA of the number of applications and breadth of topical areas to be addressed. Each Letter of Intent should not exceed two pages using the format described and should provide:

  1. Title of the proposed project;
  2. Statement identifying the PI (Sea Grant Director submitting the Letter of Intent and application), Co-PI, and partners involved in the proposed project;
  3. A brief rationale of why the work should be conducted (addressing the program objective, project objectives, and program priorities).

In addition, and not counted towards the two-page limit, the applicant must provide a title page signed by the PI (Sea Grant Director) and the Co-PI.  The Co-PI should submit the title page to the California Sea Grant Director ready for signature with the 2-page letter of intent.  The project title should begin with the last name of the Co-PI, followed by a hyphen and a brief descriptive title of the proposal. For example, "Garber – Hatcheries to Harvest”. The title page must include: the name, affiliation, and address of the investigators with email and telephone numbers; the anticipated federal funding requested and match offered for each year; a total budget figure; and the date of signature. An optional Title Page template is available at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/FundingFellowships/NationalStrategicInvestments(NSIs)/AquacultureCompetition/2017Aquaculture.aspx

Please see the full announcement (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005176) for full proposal content requirements.  California Sea Grant will provide further instructions to approved proposers after the March 28 deadline for submitting letters of intent regarding how full proposals are to be submitted to California Sea Grant.  Proposals must be received by California Sea Grant by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.