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2020 Funding Opportunity: Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Scientist looks at a row of glass growing tanksPhoto: Christopher Katalinas/Sea Grant

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. 


Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred.

These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program. 

Learn more about Sea Grant’s work in aquaculture here.

Read formal announcement on Grants.gov: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331


  • February 5, 2020: Informational webinar at 3 pm Eastern (Register here)
  • February 26, 2020: Notices of intent to submit due
  • July 14, 2020: Full proposals due (Extended from April 22, 2020)

Email seagrantinfo@mit.edu for more information or to discuss possible collaborations. We can also direct inquiries as needed to the National Sea Grant Office Aquaculture Manager.