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February 28, 2019 | Dave Shaw


Media Contact:
Katie Mosher, North Carolina Sea Grant, or 919-515-9069

Photo by Chuck Weirich

In 2019, the National Sea Grant College Program’s national investment in aquaculture focuses on building upon recent investments and continuing to tap the aquaculture expertise within Sea Grant’s network of university-based professionals. This includes these three federal funding opportunities.

Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs – 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005963

Sea Grant anticipates at least $9,000,000 will be available to support the establishment of collaborative programs to build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners to advance aquaculture in areas where a foundation of knowledge and activity currently exists but where significant barriers to sustainable domestic marine and Great Lakes aquaculture remain. These collaborative programs will serve as geographic or topic-based hubs for fully integrated, transdisciplinary research, outreach and education that will provide broad, non-proprietary support and investment for building and/or enhancing an aquaculture industry.

Letters of Intent are due April 15, 2019. (details)
Full proposals are due May 15, 2019. (details)

Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities – 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960

Sea Grant anticipates $1,500,000 will be available to support Sea Grant-led aquaculture projects to catalyze work in a range of topics or geographies. This competition will fund diverse, and at times high-risk, developmental projects that will envision, explore and advance aquaculture opportunities where a minimal foundation currently exists.

Letters of intent are due March 26, 2019. (details)
Full proposals are due April 24, 2019. (details)

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture- 2019,  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates around $3,000,000 will be available to support research to address critical gaps in social, behavioral and economic knowledge as it relates to U.S. aquaculture and the communities impacted and served by it. The initiative is informed by the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research; the Sea Grant 10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision; and previous research from federal, state and university scientists.

Letters of intent are due April 2, 2019. (details)
Full proposals are due May 1, 2019. (details)

For more information on any of these programs, contact the National Sea Grant Office’s aquaculture team at  The team will host an informational webinar about the three aquaculture-related funding opportunities on Monday, March 4 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Register or join using this link. 

For more information on these and other North Carolina Sea Grant funding opportunities, visit, or contact Deputy Director John Fear at, 919-515-9104.

For more information on North Carolina Sea Grant mariculture topics, contact Chuck Weirich, marine aquaculture specialist, at, or Frank Lopez, extension director, at

adapted from a news release by Brooke Carney, National Sea Grant College Program


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