Sea Grant welcomes proposals for two competitive opportunities to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production. Up to $15 million is expected to be available over several years to support projects in the two competitions. Interested parties should partner with a Sea Grant program to apply.

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States.

The National Sea Grant Office expects all investigators to work with state Sea Grant offices to develop proposals and to integrate the work, to the extent possible, with state Sea Grant staff. To qualify for funding consideration, all proposals will be submitted by director of Georgia Sea Grant, Mark Risse, who will serve as PI on all applications. Announcements:

Sea Grant works to advance aquaculture by:

  • Funding targeted research and development for issues that challenge sustainable aquaculture
  • Offering training and technical assistance to improve business profits and production efficiency
  • Educating consumers about safe, sustainable seafood choices.