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.

For more information, contact John Fear, N.C. Sea Grant deputy director, at jmfear@ncsu.edu or 919-515-9104, and Frank Lopez, N.C. Sea Grant extension director, at fmlopez@ncsu.edu or 919-515-3012.



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.

The following entities are eligible to submit to this opportunity: Sea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, and Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

Projects should plan to start Dec. 1, can run up to three years, and can request up to $250,000 or $1 million, dependent on focus area. Proposals must include funding (federal or match) for Sea Grant personnel as collaborators. Industry stakeholder participation/involvement in projects is strongly encouraged.

Partners interested in working with N.C. Sea Grant for this opportunity should reach out as soon as possible.