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2017 NOAA Sea Grant Great Lakes and Inland Waters National Aquaculture Initiative Competitive Funding Opportunity

Minnesota Sea Grant is soliciting letters of intent for food-fish aquaculture projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting production in the Great Lakes states. The funding opportunity title is "NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production."

Announcement Type: Request for letters of intent.

Funding Available: $10-$12M depending on appropriations.

Requestable Amount: $100K to $1M for two to three-year period.

Match: Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required.

Funding Period: Fiscal years (Feb. 1 - Jan. 31) 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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Deadlines:

  • Letters of intent are due to Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, attention MNSG Research Coordinator Valerie Brady, vbrady@d.umn.edu, no later than noon (CST), March 24, 2017.
  • If your letter of intent is selected, then full proposals are due to Minnesota Sea Grant College Program no later than noon (CST), April 18, 2017.
  • Anticipated funding start date is no later than September 1, 2017.

Important Conditions:

  • If a proposed project is to be in any of the Great Lakes and/or connecting channels and/or tributaries, then only closed-system aquaculture projects will be considered.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant hopes to strongly collaborate on proposed projects; those considering applying are urged to contact us via the contact information below.

Applications must meet ALL of the following program objectives:

  1. supports aquaculture of Great Lakes species (including state and federally managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act - to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters;
  2. directly addresses major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.);
  3. uses a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program, and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort;
  4. addresses how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; and
  5. that, upon completion, will have a high likelihood of successful implementation within 2-4 years.

Funding Opportunity Description: Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000 to $12,000,000 among fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable Great Lakes states' aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production.

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two- to three-year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $1,000,000 in federal funding must include at least $500,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $1,500,000).

Applications requesting any amount between the minimum and maximum federal request are welcome. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Letter of intent as a PDF must be emailed to Minnesota Sea Grant Research Coordinator Valerie Brady, vbrady@d.umn.edu, no later than noon (CST), March 24, 2017. Letters of intent received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant will only forward particularly meritorious letters of intent for review at the National Sea Grant level and submission of a full proposal is dependent upon positive review at national.

Proposal topic questions should be addressed to:

Budget and forms questions should be addressed to:


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