National Competitions

2017 NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative

The 2017 NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States. Proposals must be submitted by Washington Sea Grant or another state Sea Grant program.

The National Sea Grant Office requires that all applicants engage a state Sea Grant program in developing proposals and integrate the work, to the extent possible, with local Sea Grant staff. The local Sea Grant Director will be listed as PI.

IMPORTANT GUIDANCE FOR WASHINGTON INVESTIGATORS – REVISED MARCH 15, 2017

Although each FFO establishes deadlines and criteria for state Sea Grant program applications, NOAA requires state programs to establish a selection process for development and submission of applications within the state. The guidance that follows is consistent with and in addition to the deadlines and application requirements of the two FFOs. It establishes WSG-specific requirements for the selection process and timeline for each.

SG-2017-2005176 Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

This call provides $100,000 – $1 million over a one- to three-year time frame and can include research, extension, education and communication.

Washington Sea Grant is supporting promising ideas to develop into proposals for these “integrated” projects. The proposals must have a high likelihood of achieving a significant increase in aquaculture production according to the NOAA FFO. Applicants were strongly encouraged to send a short summary of one to two paragraphs to WSG Director Penny Dalton by 5 p.m. PT on March 9, 2017. WSG received more than a dozen project ideas for consideration under this FFO. Project ideas are being evaluated against a number of state, regional and national priorities. 

Those submitting project ideas will receive email notification and comments on or before March 17, 2017. If you submitted an idea but received no notification or have not yet contacted WSG about submitting a Letter of Intent, contact WSG (wsgres@uw.edu) as soon as possible.

As indicated in the FFO, only projects for which Letters of Intent are submitted from the Sea Grant Director will be considered by NOAA for funding. To meet this requirement, applicants must submit a draft Letter of Intent and draft title page, following the format and guidelines provided in the FFO, via email (wsgres@uw.eduby 10 a.m. PT on March 27, 2017.

Note that on March 14th, an updated Title Page was uploaded to the website changing the “Institutional Representative” signature line to “co-Principal Investigator”. Please refresh your browser if you still see the old Title Page. The updated Title Page is available at: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Portals/0/Documents/funding_fellowship/nsi/aquaculture/Aquaculture2017NSITitlePage03.14.2017.pdf. Applicants should complete the title page with proposal specific information; WSG will complete PI information prior to submitting to National Sea Grant Office.

Letters of Intent will be submitted to the National Sea Grant Office on March 28, 2017. The letters will also be reviewed and discussed by a selection panel and the strongest proposals with the highest likelihood of success will be invited by April 3, 2017 to develop full proposals.

SG-2017-2005177 Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities

This call provides up to $150,000 for a six-month to two-year time frame and can include research, engagement, workshops and other activities. Each state Sea Grant program may submit no more than three applications.

Those interested in this competition were required to send a short summary (one to two paragraphs) of their project ideas to Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton by 5 p.m. on March 9, 2017. WSG received more than a dozen project ideas for consideration in response to this FFO. Project ideas are being evaluated against a number of state regional and national priorities. On or before March 17, 2017, those submitting project ideas will receive email notification encouraging or not encouraging development of a full proposal. Individuals who did not submit project ideas are not eligible to submit a proposal.

For this FFO, no Letters of Intent are required and full proposals must be received by NOAA on or before April 18, 2017. In order to meet internal university deadlines, applications must be submitted to Washington Sea Grant via email (wsgres@uw.edu) by 10:00 a.m. PT on March 30, 2017.  Applications must use Word document format and be complete, including all required components described in the FFO, except the standard application forms. (WSG will complete these forms.)

All complete and eligible applications will be reviewed and discussed by a selection panel and WSG will submit the three strongest proposals with the highest likelihood of success to NOAA.

EXAMPLE PRIORITY DOCUMENTS

 

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