2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative

The National Sea Grant Office welcomes proposals for two competitive opportunities through the 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative (http://seagrant.noaa.gov/FundingFellowships/NationalStrategicInvestments(NSIs)/AquacultureCompetition/2017Aquaculture.aspx) to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production. Up to $15 million is expected to be available over several years to support projects in the two competitions. Interested parties must partner with the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai’i Sea Grant) to apply.

The first competition, “Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities”, is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production in the United States. A short description (1-2 paragraphs) due to Hawai’i Sea Grant (seagrant@hawaii.edu) by 5 pm Hawai‘i Standard Time on March 24, 2017. Final proposals due to Hawai’i Sea Grant by 5:00 p.m. Hawai’i Standard Time on April 10, 2017 (for submission to NOAA by April 18, 2017).

The second competition, “Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production”, is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States. A Letter of Intent is due to Hawai’i Sea Grant (seagrant@hawaii.edu) by March 22, 2017 (for submission to NOAA by March 28, 2017). Final proposals due to Hawai’i Sea Grant by April 24, 2017 (for submission to NOAA by May 9, 2017).

Please note that each proposal must fully address each of the program objectives (see page 2-3 in each FFO description) and Hawai’i Sea Grant College must be a fully integrated partner. More information can be found at http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/opportunities-hawaii-sea-grant. For more information please contact Dr. Darren Okimoto, Associate Director (okimotod@hawaii.edu) if you have any questions.