The following announcement was received on Jan. 28, 2014, from Susan Park with Virginia Sea Grant and the Virginia Institute for Marine Science.
“Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of up to $3 million for a national competition to fund marine aquaculture research projects for FY2014. This is part of an overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture. NOAA expects to fund about 10 projects at a maximum of $500k per project for up to two years. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2014. Pre-proposals are due to the National Sea Grant Office by 5pm ET on February 21, 2014, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must submit a complete and timely pre-proposal to be eligible to submit a full proposal.
“The topical priorities for FY 2014 are [as follows]:
*Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product (e.g., tool, technology, template, model) needed to make final decisions on a specific question regarding impacts of aquaculture;
*Public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems that limit a steady supply of marine or Great Lakes fingerlings;
*Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context.
“Although it is not required, applicants are encouraged to contact Virginia Sea Grant prior to submission to discuss the process and content of the application.
“Virginia Sea Grant invites you to share this information broadly with higher-education faculty and students that may have an interest in aquaculture.”
Information about the grant competition and access to the Request for Proposals are available online at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/FundingFellowships/NationalStrategicInvestments(NSIs)/AquacultureCompetition.aspx.
For more information:
Susan Park, Assistant Director for Research
Virginia Sea Grant/Virginia Institute of Marine Science
P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Point, VA 23062