Early Stage Propagation Strategies for Aquaculture Species

Official Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO):

NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007053. Select "related documents" to get to a PDF of the NOFO.


  • November 16, 2021: A notice to submit to this competition must be received via electronic email by both the appropriate Sea Grant Program(s) (Minnesota Sea Grant) and the National Sea Grant Office by 5 p.m. Central Time on November 16, 2021 (see NOFO for details).
  • January 20, 2022: Full proposals are due to Minnesota Sea Grant by 5 p.m. Central Time on January 20, 2022 (two weeks before the National Sea Grant Office deadline February 3, 2022).


All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a state Sea Grant program. Other interested (non-Sea Grant) entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.


The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates approximately $4,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies for aquaculture species excluding selected marine finfish species for food. 


Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $4,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies (e.g., reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies) for aquaculture species (defined below) to supply on-growing operations. Successful proposals will address topical needs (described below) and integrate research and extension. 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.


Research funded through this competition should exclude the following 19 finfish species, which are the focus of the concurrent competition titled, “Marine Finfish Aquaculture: Juvenile Production Technologies": 

  1. Almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana;
  2. Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua;
  3. Black sea bass, Centropristis striata;
  4. California yellowtail, Seriola lalandi;
  5. Cobia, Rachycentron canadum;
  6. Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus;
  7. Olive flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus;
  8. Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus;
  9. Sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria;
  10. Spotted wolffish, Anarhichas minor;
  11. Striped bass, Morone saxatilis;
  12. White sea bass, Atractoscion nobilis;
  13. California halibut, Paralichthys californicus;
  14. Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus;
  15. Greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili;
  16. Southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma;
  17. Summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus;
  18. Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis;
  19. Steelhead trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss
Proposals are sought that:
  • support broad, non-proprietary research to develop and refine early stage propagation strategies, such as reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies, for aquaculture species;
  • make that information available to U.S. coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses; 
  • include Minnesota* Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and also preferably industry stakeholders. *Applicants not in Minnesota should apply through their state Sea Grant program.

Strong applications will address program priorities described above and will integrate research and extension.

Minnesota Sea Grant Contacts:
  • Minnesota Sea Grant Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie
  • Minnesota Sea Grant program at seagr@umn.edu.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator Amy Schrank
  • Minnesota Sea Grant Fiscal Officer Peter Thibault