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The National Sea Grant Office periodically requests proposals for research and outreach projects in topics of regional and national importance. Competitions have recently opened for research to address economic and market needs of the aquaculture industry in the United States and for research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American lobster is impacted by environmental change.


Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred.

The full Grant Notice can be found here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323921.

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Projects should plan to start September 1, 2020, and can run for up to three years. Interested Illinois- or Indiana-based investigators, or investigators whose work would be applicable in either of these states, should contact Carolyn Foley (cfoley@purdue.edu) or Stuart Carlton (carltons@purdue.edu) with ideas.

Notice to Submit: due by 5:00 pm (local time of lead Sea Grant Program) on February 26, 2020.

Full Proposal Application: due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 22, 2020. 


Subject to the availability of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding 5-10 projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million dollars in FY2020 to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American lobster and its fishery are being impacted by environmental change. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. 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 can participate in this funding opportunity. More details can be found on our Funding Opportunities page.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.

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