Funding Opportunities

NOAA Sea Grant 2018 National Aquaculture Initiative

The NOAA National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative federal funding opportunity is now open. 
Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI).

As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • Supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;
  • Developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and
  • Increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Eligible parties should apply in conjunction with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant by March 30, 2018.

To find out more about this opportunity or to get application details and guidance, contact Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Research Coordinator Loretta Leist at or 228-818-8841. The National Sea Grant Office also has created a frequently asked questions document.

Instructions for completing the budget can be found in the budget guidance.


Small Grant Award for Climate Adaptation

The Climate and Resilience Community of Practice is offering a small grant award in 2018. Gulf Coast communities are encouraged to apply for funds to support a project that addresses a climate-adaptation need or challenge in the community and that can serve as a demonstration project for other coastal communities in the region. Download the submission guidelines here

A letter of intent is due March 2, 2018. The funding available for this competition is $30,000. It is expected that one project will be awarded. NOAA's Office for Coastal Management is providing the funding.


Program Development

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) has a limited amount of funding available each year for Program Development (PD) projects. The purpose of PD funding is to support investigators in Alabama and Mississippi to conduct research, education and outreach projects in one of the MASGC four focus areas. PD grants support small-scale projects, which ultimately leverage larger grants and funding opportunities, and allow scientists to rapidly respond to emerging issues. Requests are generally limited to a maximum of $10,000 in funding and are for a one-year period. PD proposals are accepted by MASGC at any time during the year. These proposals may be peer reviewed. Approval is dependent on the availability of funds, relevance and technical merit.

For more details, contact Loretta Leist at