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Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program Funding Opportunity

American lobster with both claws banded

Photo: Mike Ross | UNH Photographic Services


The American Lobster Research Program is part of Sea Grant’s American Lobster Initiative and is a competition run by NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office, not the Lobster Regional Extension Program. Information about the competition can be found here and on grants.gov. Questions about the competition should be sent to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov


February 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Register here


This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American lobster (Homarus americanusand its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. It is informed by listening sessions with regional fishing industry stakeholders, state and federal fisheries managers, and university, state and federal fisheries researchers.

Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between five to ten research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million in FY2020. 

RESEARCH PRIORITIES (from grants.gov)

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006355

Research topics suitable for study on American lobster under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) should have a geographic focus on the Gulf of Maine, Georges Banks, and/or southern New England and address one or more of the following:

(1) Socio-ecological investigations to inform future management decisions, including but not limited to, research exploring bait alternatives to herring and their implications for the lobster fishery;

(2) Increased understanding of life history parameters, including but not limited to, growth, maturity, and species interactions; 

(3) Larval ecology and early biology; and/or

(4) Spatial distribution and migration, including but not limited to, habitat and trophic interactions.


  • NOTE: DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 21! Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Submit applications via grants.gov
  • Questions about the competition should be sent to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov (Note that National Sea Grant Office staff will only be available to answer questions until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 19, 2020.)
  • Projects are expected to run up to 2 years between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022.