2018 NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative

Proposal Deadlines (additional guidance below)

March 2, 2018, 5:00 PM (For submitting complete proposals to Maine Sea Grant)

March 30, 2018 (Maine Sea Grant Deadline for submitting proposals to grants.gov)

Funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489 -- REVISED GUIDANCE released via grants.gov on January 8

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION GUIDANCE (for March 2 submissions to Maine Sea Grant)

Please email all proposal files directly to Sea Grant fiscal officer Lynn Wardwell (wardwell@maine.edu) with a copy to interim director Beth Bisson (beth.bisson@maine.edu) and administrative specialist Kathy Villarreal (kvillarreal@maine.edu). They will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness and then sent to the UMaine Office of Research Administration (ORA) for submission to grants.gov. In accordance with the FFO, all files will be considered final upon submission to Maine Sea Grant, and no changes may be made after March 2, other than minor and necessary corrections to budget forms made in consultation with UMaine ORA.

The 90-2 Project Summary and 90-4 Budget forms should be submitted as Excel files.

The title page, project narrative, budget justification, and abbreviated environmental questionnaire should be submitted as Word files.

The remaining documents can be submitted as either Word or PDF files.

Additional guidance is available in this NOAA budget narrative document.

Sea Grant Program Directors are required by the FFO to serve as the administrative leads in the submission of these proposals, and must be listed as the PI in grants.gov. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required for each and every year of requested funding.

Proposal teams are strongly encouraged to reach out to Interim Director, Beth Bisson (beth.bisson@maine.edu) by February 2, 2018, or as early as possible, to discuss proposed Sea Grant staff involvement. Our goals in making this request are 1) to make sure we are aware of all proposals in preparation, 2) to help each proposal team identify appropriate extension and communications staff roles and expertise and balance our capacity to support all proposals submitted, and 3) to provide other guidance, as needed, to help ensure that all proposals are as competitive as possible.


The National Sea Grant Program encourages proposals that: 1) use 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; 2) involve Sea Grant Extension personnel and include a technology component, where appropriate; 3) address how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; and 4) discuss how, upon completion, the work will have a high likelihood of increasing aquaculture production or address how the work will stimulate or advance nascent aquaculture industry(ies).

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, 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:

  • (a) 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;

  • (b) 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

  • (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Successful applications must describe projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers or hurdles limiting aquaculture production in the U.S.

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.