The U.S. National Sea Grant College Program announced two federal funding opportunities to advance U.S. aquaculture.
Marine finfish aquaculture: Juvenile production technologies
The National Sea Grant Office anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies for aquaculture. The overall goal is to develop and refine reproduction/broodstock, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies enabling the reliable production of sufficient quantities of juvenile marine finfish to supply on-growing operations.
Applications may request up to $1,000,000 in federal funds addressing the program priorities. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, with projects to be completed no later than June 30, 2025.
Early stage propagation strategies for aquaculture species
The National Sea Grant Office anticipates approximately $4,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies (e.g., reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies) for aquaculture species to supply on-growing operations. Successful proposals will address topical needs and integrate research and extension. Proposals are sought that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to early-stage propagation strategies for aquaculture species; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses; and include Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and preferably industry stakeholders. Proposals must include funding (federal or match) for Sea Grant extension personnel as collaborators. Industry stakeholder participation/involvement in projects is strongly encouraged.