When funds are available, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Sea Grant College Program support national marine aquaculture research projects. This program encourages the development of environmentally and economically sustainable U.S. marine, coastal or Great Lakes aquaculture.

North Carolina researchers with general questions about proposal development and topics may contact John Fear at jmfear@ncsu.edu or 919-515-9104 or Chuck Weirich at 252-222-6314 or chuck_weirich@ncsu.edu.


The National Sea Grant Program now has one competitive funding opportunity for the 2018 National Aquaculture Initiative.

Interested parties are required to partner with a Sea Grant program, which will submit applications. Details for the proposal preparation and other formal requirements are found in the Federal Funding Opportunity:

NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489: NOAA National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers or hurdles limiting U.S. aquaculture production.

Proposals from partners are due to North Carolina Sea Grant by March 2, 2018 at 5 p.m, so that North Carolina Sea Grant may ensure the proposals are completed and submitted by the deadline for the national competition. Applications should be submitted by email to Mary Beth Barrow, mebarrow@ncsu.edu. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out one to two months prior to the Sea Grant program application deadline to receive guidance regarding proposal development and discuss their proposed project(s).

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: