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Aquaculture Awards

Grants to California IHE Staff and Researchers
for Projects Related to Marine Issues

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California Sea Grant

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06/08/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to California researchers at universities and institutions for projects to address practical solutions to marine issues. Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal prior to a full grant application. Priority will be given to sustainable projects that benefit the industry and address environmental stressors, aquaculture, and ecosystem monitoring.

Successful Sea Grant projects involve both a substantial intellectual question and the promise of useful application to a California coastal or ocean issue. California Sea Grant encourages projects that are likely to yield measurable impacts to the local economy, community, and environment. To that end, each proposal must identify and collaborate with an aquaculture practitioner. These interactions will help ensure that Sea Grant funded research results are useful to and used by stakeholders, and afford access to experienced professionals who can provide reiterating feedback to the project. The process also will help develop practical results for the project in science communication, collaboration, and transferring science to management.

One of the principal goals of California Sea Grant is the application of project results for the benefit of industry. This request for proposals (RFP) is focused on proposals that address objectives specific to aquaculture priorities described in the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) section of the California Sea Grant's strategic plan. Please see the updated Strategic Plan (in Supporting Documents, below) for complete information on strategies and desired outcomes of California Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan Focus Areas.

Applicants must propose to conduct research that addresses the following Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Focus Area strategies outlined below. In particular, these research topics are seen as priority areas for this call for proposals:

  • Causes, influences, and/or solutions related to multi-stressors, in particular those focused on some combination of temperature stress, salinity stress, hypoxia stress, pathogens and/or parasites, harmful algal blooms, and environmental contaminants;
  • Quantification of potential ecosystem services associated with restoration aquaculture;
  • Overcoming permitting challenges including investigating the biological, economic, and/or regulatory feasibility of aquaculture impact avoidance and mitigation;
  • Exploring the feasibility, scalability and/or ecological relevance of conservation/restoration aquaculture, including but not limited to development or testing of culture methods;
  • Developing efficient and cost effective monitoring technologies for evaluating potential ecosystem services and impacts resulting from aquaculture activities;
  • Evaluating strategies for adapting to changes in the seafood supply system through development of new aquaculture products (types, forms, value-added) and/or marketing arrangements.

For Strategies and Goals, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

Research Priorities:

  • Safeguard coastal and marine ecosystems and communities in the face of climate change
  • Advance equity across ocean and coastal policies and actions
  • Enhance coastal and marine biodiversity
  • Improve ocean health through a blue economy 

For more details on Research Priorities, see Supporting Documents, below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194494

Number of Grants:

The Program anticipates funding two to four projects contingent upon receipt of anticipated funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project budgets may have an upper max of $150,000 per year including funds to provide a stipend for one graduate student per year (up to a maximum of $34,000/yr, as appropriate to the student and institution).

Term of Contract:

- Projects will begin on/after February 1, 2022.
- The duration of a project request is typically two years, though requests for a 1-year award will also be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply.

To be eligible, the applicant must include a partnership with an aquaculture practitioner. For more information on Aquaculture Practitioners, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

Pre-proposal Conference:

California Sea Grant will host an informational session hour to answer questions about the proposal process on February 22, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM PST.

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Pre-Application Information:

February 2, 2021 - RFP announced
February 22, 2021 - Informational webinar and Q&A
March 9, 2021 by 5:00 pm PST - Pre-proposals due via eSeaGrant
Early -- mid-April, 2021 - Technical panel and RASGAP reviews of pre-proposals
Late April, 2021 - Feedback on pre-proposals sent back to PIs
June 8, 2021 by 5:00 pm PST - Full proposals due via eSeaGrant
June-August, 2021 - Technical panel and RASGAP review of full proposals
Late August, 2021 - Applicants notified of recommendations to fund projects
On/after February 1, 2022 - Projects begin

Only applicants who have submitted a pre-proposal may submit a full proposal.

For this solicitation, research projects are required to provide 25% in matching funds from non-federal sources.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to Extension Specialists early on in the development of the proposal to seek feedback or advice and potentially partner on the project.

This research call requires collaboration with at least one aquaculture practitioner familiar with existing data and/or resource issues central to the proposed research.

Applicants may submit more than one pre-proposal/full proposal but if selected, only one award will be made to the principal investigator (PI). In addition, PIs may be listed as co-PIs on other projects even if they are lead PI on their own project. Only applicants who have submitted a pre-proposal may submit a full proposal.

Contact Information:

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


Proposal Content & eSeaGrant Questions
Catherine Courtier, Research Coordinator

Budget Questions/Matching Funds Questions:
Rose Madson, Assistant Director

California Sea Grant Extension Specialists - Aquaculture
Theresa Talley, Specialist
San Diego

Carolynn Culver, Specialist
Santa Barbara

Kevin Johnson, Specialist
San Luis Obispo

Luke Gardner, Specialist
Monterey Bay

Kristin Aquilino, Specialist
Bodega Bay

Joe Tyburczy, Specialist

University of California, San Diego
California Sea Grant
9500 Gilman Dr., #0232
La Jolla, CA 92093-0232

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