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Grants to USA Agencies, Research Institutions, IHEs, Corporations,
and Individuals for Research to Benefit the Aquaculture Industry

Special Research Grants Program - Aquaculture Research

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

06/03/22 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA federal agencies, research institutions and organizations, IHEs, private corporations and organizations, state agricultural experiment stations, and individuals for research to expand the aquaculture industry. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal.

The purpose of the Special Research Grants for Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the United States by generating new, science-based information and technology to address industry constraints. Applied research is needed to develop practical solutions that will facilitate growth and remove limitations to expansion of the United States aquaculture industry. Results of projects supported by this program are intended to help improve the profitability of the United States aquaculture industry, reduce the 13-billion-dollar United States seafood trade deficit, increase domestic food security, expand markets for United States-produced products, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America.

For the FY2022 Special Research Grants for Aquaculture Research program, NIFA is soliciting applied aquaculture research applications. Applications must:

  1. Directly address major constraints to the United States aquaculture industry; and
  2. Focus on one or more of the following Program Area Priorities:

a. Genetics of commercial aquaculture species;

b. Critical disease issues impacting commercial aquaculture species;

c. Design of environmentally and economically sustainable commercial aquaculture production systems;

d. Development of climate resilient technologies, production systems, and/or management strategies for commercial aquaculture species; or

e. Economic research for increasing commercial aquaculture profitability.

Other key information:

  1. This program is limited to applied research.
  2. Applications must include United States aquaculture industry involvement. This can include, but is not limited to, a United States aquaculture producer as a co-project director or partner or assembling an industry advisory committee (e.g., a farmer’s  advisory committee for the project that can include producer-based organizations, feed manufacturers, animal health industry, etc.).
  3. Applications that engage and incorporate historically underserved groups including tribal organizations are especially encouraged.
  4. Applicants must provide a budgeted plan to release results to the public in a timely manner. This plan must clearly state how the research results or technology developed will be transferred to end-users outside of direct, scientific peers.
  5. Applicants must clearly describe how their specific research project will increase United States aquaculture production or profitability in the short or medium-term (1-5 years after the grant ends).
  6. Applicants must include statistical power analyses, when appropriate, and describe the experimental design, experimental unit, replication, and sample size for each experimental group.
  7. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the American Fisheries Society (AFS) document, Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research (2014), when developing applications for submission to this RFA.
  8. The inclusion of students actively engaged in research projects providing hands-on, experiential learning and training opportunities is strongly encouraged. Actively engaged students should be encouraged to contribute to presentations, articles, posters, and other expressions of scholarship. 

NIFA will recognize and prioritize COE applicants that carry out research, extension, and education activities that relate to the food and agricultural sciences. For more information, see https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2022-04/FY22-SRGARP-RFA-508.pdf#page=11

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202963

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,936,000

Number of Grants:

7

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 - $300,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Duration: 24 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals for the purpose of conducting research, extension, or education activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Applicants for the Special Research Grants Program for Aquaculture Research must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Duplicate or Multiple Submissions – duplicate or multiple submissions is not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Global Engagement. NIFA supports global engagement that advances U.S. agricultural goals. NIFA recognizes that collaboration with international partners may be necessary to attain the agency's goals for U.S. agriculture, promote global competence of our nation’s future agricultural workforce, and promote safe and nutritious food security in a growing world. Therefore, although application to this RFA is limited to eligible U.S. institutions, applicants may collaborate with international partners, to include subcontracts to international partners or other institutions. Applications must clearly demonstrate benefits to the U.S.

For the critical disease Program Area Priority, proposals that focus on pathogens that pose a risk to humans or human food safety (vs. those that affect the health of an aquaculture species) are outside the scope of this program and will not be accepted or considered for review.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines
- Application: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, June 3, 2022
- Letter of Intent: Not Required
- Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice
(NIFA may not consider comments received after the sixth month)

No Match Required - The Special Research Grants Program for Aquaculture Research has NO matching requirement.

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View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339650

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Contacts
Timothy J. Sullivan Ph.D. timothy.sullivan@usda.gov (816) 527-5434

For administrative questions related to;
- Other RFA or application questions, please email grantapplicationquestions@usda.gov
- Awards under this RFA, please email awards@usda.gov

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

Courier/Package Delivery Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061

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Key Information: Business hours: Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. – 5p.m. ET, except federal holidays

CFDA Number:

10.200

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NIFA-SRGP-009105

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