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2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative Competitive Funding Opportunity

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) welcomes proposals to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production. This includes projects that address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting production in the Great Lakes states.

Funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489 (complete FFO and application package available via grants.gov)

Investigators intending to apply through Oregon Sea Grant should contact Minnesota Sea Grant in January to discuss their proposal.

Announcement Type: Full proposal following all specifications in the FFO guidelines

Funding Available: $7-$11.5M depending on appropriations.

Match: Non-federal match (as in-kind or funds) of at least 50% are required.

Funding Period: Fiscal years (Feb. 1 - Jan. 31) 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Download Forms:

Proposal Overview 90-2 Form: Required for all proposals

Budget Forms (90-4):

  • If all investigators are within the University of Minnesota system, please use this form: Regular 90-4
  • If all investigators are outside of the University of Minnesota system, please use this form: Subaward 90-4
  • If there are investigators from both within the University of Minnesota system and outside the system, both of the above forms are required.
  • Use this budget justification template to accompany all budget forms.

National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Short Form: All proposals must be accompanied by this completed form. If a question does not apply, explain why it does not apply; do not simply leave questions blank.

Data Management Form: Required for all proposals. Please note that proposals that do not provide a mechanism for sharing data in the future may not be funded due to federal data sharing requirements for publicly-funded research.


  • Completed proposals are due as email attachments to Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, attention MNSG Research Coordinator Valerie Brady, vbrady@d.umn.edu, no later than 5 pm (CST), March 2, 2018.
  • Anticipated funding start date is no later than September 1, 2018.

Funding Opportunity Description:

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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
  3. increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity, in conjunction with a Sea Grant program: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. 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 also make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use, nor can the value of such assets be used as match. More information on Sea Grant's work on and support of aquaculture can be found on the National Sea Grant Office Funding Webpage.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposals must be emailed to Minnesota Sea Grant Research Coordinator Valerie Brady, vbrady@d.umn.edu, no later than 5 pm (CST), March 2, 2018. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

Proposal topic questions should be addressed to:

Application process, NEPA, and data management forms questions should be addressed to:

  • Minnesota Sea Grant Associate Director for Research Dr. Valerie Brady, vbrady@d.umn.edu

Budget and budget forms questions should be addressed to:

Projects & Funding:


Valerie Brady
Associate Director of Research
Peter Thibault
Fiscal Officer

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