Special Research Opportunities in Aquaculture

Deadline is May 25, 2010

If you are interested in this opportunity, we strongly encourage you to contact Dr. David Christie, Alaska Sea Grant Director, (907) 474-7086, david.christie@alaska.edu, as soon as possible.

NOAA's National Sea Grant Office, in partnership with the NOAA Aquaculture Program, will make available up to $6,000,000 for a national competition to fund aquaculture research projects for FY 2010 to FY 2011, as part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal or Great Lakes aquaculture. The Federal Funding Opportunity (see link above) includes information on application procedures and criteria for aquaculture research projects requesting a total of $50,000 to $400,000 in federal funding for up to a two-year period. Non-federal matching funds are required at 50% of the total amount requested. Given the anticipated amount of funding and the anticipated number and quality of proposals submitted, approximately 15 projects of average federal funding $400,000 are anticipated nationwide. The anticipated start date for projects is October 1, 2010. Some projects selected in this competition may be awarded in FY 2011 and funded with FY 2011 funds.

The following special instructions apply ONLY to the 2010 Aquaculture Research Program (Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2010-2002488).

This competition is open to institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, state, local and tribal governments and individuals.

Applications from Alaska must be submitted through the Alaska Sea Grant office, and applicants must meet certain federal eligibility requirements. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, we strongly encourage you to contact Dr. David Christie, Alaska Sea Grant Director, (907) 474-7086, david.christie@alaska.edu, as soon as possible.

All application materials should be composed in Portable Document Format (PDF) or a common word-processing format, and when printed out should meet all format requirements. All pages must be single- or double-spaced, printed or typed in at least 12-point font, and printable on metric A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) or 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins.

Applicants from institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state, local or tribal governments must submit their applications through the Alaska Sea Grant office. Application materials, including all letters of support and signed cover sheet, must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 25, 2010.

Submit original with signed cover sheet and an electronic version to

Mailing address

Alaska Sea Grant College Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 755040
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040

Physical address

Alaska Sea Grant College Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
794 University Avenue, Suite 238
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Electronic copies should be e-mailed to fygrant@uaf.edu.

Commercial organizations or individual applicants may be required to submit their applications directly to the grants.gov website. Applicants in this category and those that have not applied for Sea Grant funds in the past are urged to contact us immediately.

Questions regarding project scope

David Christie, Director, (907) 474- 7086, david.christie@alaska.edu

Program information, budget issues, or forms

Michele Frandsen, Program Manager, (907) 474-7088, frandsen@ims.uaf.edu

For those submitting directly to grants.gov

Deadline is 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 25, 2010.

You must register with grants.gov before you can submit. Registration takes some time, so you should register as soon as possible if you are not already registered. Information on how to register to grants.gov can be found at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.

For submissions, go to http://grants.gov, and specify federal funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2010-2002488.