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2020 NOAA/Sea Grant Aquaculture Funding Opportunity

Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.


Sea Grant anticipates having approximately $5,000,000 to fund approximately 8-14 projects for up to three years in the following categories:

  • Up to $250,000 in Federal funds can be requested for individual research projects that address one or more topics relevant to program priorities.
  • Up to $1,000,000 in Federal funds can be requested for projects proposing geographic and/or topical multi-partner efforts addressing the program priorities. 
  • Projects begin September 1, 2020, and can run up to three years.

Submission information

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program. Partners interested in working with Wisconsin Sea Grant for this opportunity should reach out to Melissa Boyce (maboyce@wisc.edu) as soon as possible. 

Notice to Submit:

Submitted by partners by 5.p.m. Feb. 26 and must be sent by email to:

The Notice to Submit must include the following:

  • Tentative Project Title
  • Tentative Objectives
  • Type of project (individual research project or multi-partner effort)
  • Proposed Sea Grant Program(s) involved
  • Other existing or potential project partners
  • Project point of contact

Full proposals:

Partners who submitted a Notice to Submit should work with Wisconsin Sea Grant for further instructions on how we will work together to prepare applications and associated deadlines. Wisconsin Sea Grant must submit any/all full proposal applications to Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323921) by the April 22 deadline.

For more information

Read formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331. This information is also available at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding

Learn more about Sea Grant’s work in aquaculture at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Our-Work/Aquaculture

Wisconsin Sea Grant Program Contact
Melissa Boyce – maboyce@wisc.edu