NOAA Sea Grant 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative
Grants & Policies: Funding Opportunities: Current RFPs
Closes at: 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 2, 2018

Funding Opportunity Description: Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities: (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries; (b) developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions. Successful applications must describe projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers or hurdles limiting aquaculture production in the U.S.

Download a copy of the announcement and other related documents from the files listed in the box to left.

Full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement can also be found at

Instructions to apply:

  • No hard copy or email submissions will be accepted. Applications must be submitted through this portal. This portal closes and stops accepting submissions at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on March 2, 2018.

  • The full announcement has details on funding availability, award period, eligibility, application review, and more. Please read carefully before preparing an application. Any questions you may have are probably answered in the announcement. Also, the “Application Review Information” section maybe helpful for writing your proposal.

  • Application format and content requirements (see details for each on pages 8-11 of the full announcement). Download and use the checklist file found in the box to the left:
    1.    Title page (use file from the files listed in the box to left);

    2.    NYSG Project Summary Form 90-2 (from the files listed in the box to left);

    3.    Project description (20 pages maximum);
    a.    Introduction/background/justification
    b.    Work Plans
    c.    Milestone Chart
    d.    Outcome
    e.    Partnerships and related work
    f.    References and literature citations
    4.    Budget Narrative;
    a.    Sea Grant 90-4 Forms (from the files listed in the box to left) and Budget Justification Narratives
    5.    Current and pending support

    6.    Vitae (2 pages maximum per personnel listed on project)

    7.    Data Management Plan (2 pages maximum).

    8.    Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for Aquaculture (from the files listed in the box to left)

  • Do not provide standard application forms (i.e., SF424, SF424A, SF424B, CD511) that are available through or the Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM). We will submit those forms when we upload applications received to


For interested parties submitting through New York Sea Grant, when your application is ready return to this page and:

  • Click "Apply Now" below.
  • On the application and file submission form:
  • Where it says “Select:” in the middle column, select “Proposal” from the drop down list.
  • Under “Applicant”, provide all required "contact information."
  • Enter the project title (only the first few words).
  • Browse and upload your application file(s) then click the submit application button.
Note that the deadline time is based on the server clock displayed on the top right of the submission form not your computer’s time. Note the time remaining displayed in red.


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