The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) welcomes proposals to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production.

2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

Funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489 (complete FFO and application package available via

Proposals are due to Oregon Sea Grant by March 2, 2018 5:00 pm PST. Investigators intending to apply through Oregon Sea Grant should contact Oregon Sea Grant Director, Shelby Walker, in early January to discuss their proposal. Proposals will be submitted via eSeaGrant.

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.

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.

More information on Sea Grant 's work on and support of aquaculture can be found on the National Sea Grant Office Funding Webpage.