Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2014
Pre-proposals are due February 21, 2014. Subsequent full proposals are due May 5, 2014.

This is a two-stage competition, with pre-proposals and full proposals.  Specific guidance and deadlines for each are stated in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement.  Applicants must submit a pre-proposal in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal.  Please pay careful attention to the instructions.  To obtain the Federal Funding Opportunity, please search for Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2003987; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.417, Sea Grant Support.

Dates: The deadline for receipt of pre-proposals via electronic mail at the National Sea Grant Office ( is 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 21, 2014. Applicants should receive a summary statement by March 13, 2014 that includes whether their pre-proposal is encouraged or discouraged to submit a full proposal. All those who submit complete and timely pre-proposals and meet all requirements are eligible to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are due at the Wisconsin Sea Grant Program by 4 p.m. Central Time on May 5, 2014.  Applications received after the closing dates and times will not be accepted.

Funding Opportunity Description: Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY 2014 marine aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture. Topical priorities for this FY 2014 competition are, briefly: 1) Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product-- such as a tool, technology, template, or model-- needed to make final decisions on a specific question regarding impacts of aquaculture; 2) Public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems that limit a steady supply of marine or Great Lakes fingerlings; and 3) Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context. Applicants must describe how their proposed work will rapidly and significantly advance U.S. marine aquaculture development in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion).

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on application and criteria for aquaculture research proposals requesting a maximum of $500,000 in total federal funding for up to a two-year period. Matching funds are required. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2014. Additional proposals from this competition may be selected for funding in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds.