National Competitions

2018 NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative


Proposal deadlines

Closed —  Investigator deadline for submitting proposals to Washington Sea Grant

March 30, 2018 —  Washington Sea Grant deadline for submitting proposals to NOAA

Funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489

Information for projects submitted to Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) will submit all application materials to Sea Grant Program directors are required by the FFO to serve as administrative leads in the submission of these proposals and must be listed as the PI in the submission package, i.e., the PI for Washington applications will be the WSG Director. One change for this year’s competition is that non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required for each and every year of requested funding.

Washington applicants are required to submit proposals through eSeaGrant, the WSG online proposal submission system ( The system for proposal submission is now closed.

Summary of the funding opportunity

The NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) is encouraging proposals that: 1. use a team approach and fully integrate at least one Sea Grant program and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort; 2. involve Sea Grant outreach personnel and include a technology component, where appropriate; 3. address application of project impacts to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; and 4. discuss how the completed work is likely to increase aquaculture production or stimulate or advance nascent aquaculture industry(ies).

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have a total of $7 – 11.5 million available in fiscal years 2018 through 2020 to fund the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). Each project team can request a maximum of $750,000 in total federal funds. The competition is designed to foster one or more of the following NAI priorities:

  1. Support for development of emerging systems or technologies to advance U.S. aquaculture, including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries.
  2. Development and implementation of actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. aquaculture to the public.
  3. Increased resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions such as harmful algal blooms, storm events, pollution and warmer and more acidic marine waters.

Successful applications must describe projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers or hurdles limiting U.S. aquaculture production.

In conjunction with a Sea Grant Program, the following are eligible and encouraged to apply to this FFO: individuals; public or private corporations, partnerships or other associations or entities (including any Sea Grant Program); and state agencies and political subdivisions and tribal governments, agencies and officers. 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 make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under the competition, nor can the value of such assets be used as match.