National Sea Grant 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant Program expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiave.

The current competition addresses 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.

Proposals for the current FFO must be submitted through a state Sea Grant program. To submit through the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) program, the proposed work should benefit aquaculture practices in Illinois and/or Indiana.

PIs can request up to $750,000 in total federal funding for a one- to three-year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least a running total of 50% is required for each year of requested funding (e.g., Year 1 = $250,000 requested would require $125,000 match; Year 2 = $250,000 requested would require $125,000 match; Year 3 = $250,000 requested would require $125,000 match).

The deadline for submission to IISG is 5:00pm Central Time on March 2, 2018. All application materials should be emailed to The full FFO can be found here:

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Requests for Research Preproposals FY2018-FY2019: Closed

IISG provides funding to researchers in Illinois and Indiana who are working on issues of importance to the southern Lake Michigan region through three primary mechanisms, outlines below. Our outreach and education specialists use the research generated through these and other sources as the basis for our programs and work to develop relationships with researchers to ensure we convey the latest information.

Current and past research can be found on our research page. Press releases and news items about our research are also available.

Funding opportunities are announced on the IISG homepage and via our email list. If you would like to receive emails about future funding, please email wiith your contact information.

Funding Mechanisms

IISG Core Proposals (or Omnibus funds)
IISG requests proposals for research related to the use, development, and conservation of Lake Michigan coastal resources in Illinois and Indiana. These RFPs typically occur every two years. Researchers in Illinois and Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Funding is approximately $40,000 per year for two years. 
Guidelines for project reporting

IISG Research and Outreach Development Proposals
IISG has limited discretionary funds for the initial development of promising research and outreach projects. Funding for development projects is typically less than $10,000 for not more than one year. In order to be considered for funding, interested applicants should review the guidelines and contact our research coordinator
Guidelines for project reporting

National Strategic Investment Proposals
The National Sea Grant Office requests proposals for research and outreach in a variety of regional and national issues including aquatic invasive species, aquaculture, and marine resource issues. Researchers in Illinois and Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Funding can be in excess of $100,000 per year for two years. When NSI proposals are requested, the RFP will be posted on the IISG home page and via our email list.
Guidelines for project reporting


Tomas Höök
Associate Director of Research

Carolyn Foley
Assistant Research Coordinator

Angela Archer
Fellowship Program Leader

Additional Funding Opportunities

Region 5 Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: variable

National Science Foundation
Active Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: ongoing

Great Lakes Protection Fund
Current Interests
Application Deadline: ongoing

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