Important information on National Aquaculture Initiative funding

The NOAA National Sea Grant 2018 National Aquaculture Inititiave Funding Opportunity has announced important information about funding levels, forms needed for submission and subawards.

Pending budget appropriations, the program expects to have $7 million to $11.5 million available across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). Each application can request a maximum of $750,000 in total federal funds. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50 percent are required for every year of federal funding requested. 

If you are applying to this grant via Connecticut Sea Grant, please read the important information required to submit:

Forms needed with submission: The funding opportunity requires the Sea Grant director to serve as PI (principal investigator) of record on the applications. Therefore, CTSG will handle the required forms and submission to grants.gov. The applicants are required to provide the following documents to CTSG in the indicated format:

  1. Project summary short form 90-2 (Word/EXCEL) – For the EXCEL file: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Portals/1/Forms/90-2-Project-Summary-SHORT-Form-092717.zip; for the Word file:  http://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2017/04/90-2.docx
  2. Project narrative (PDF)
  3. Budget 90-4 (EXCEL) –  http://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2017/04/90-4.xlsx
  4. Budget justification (narrative) (Word)
  5. Current and pending support (PDF)
  6. CVs (PDF)
  7. Data management plan (PDF) – http://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2017/04/Full-Proposal-DMP-Form.docx
  8. Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire (PDF) – http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Portals/1/Forms/Aquaculture-AbbreviatedEnvironmentalComplianceQuestionnaire-14Dec2017.docx

Clarifications on subawards:

  1. If a proposal is submitted from an entity within UConn, the entity is responsible for taking into account the indirect costs associated with disbursing funds through subawards to all subawardees.
  2. If a proposal is submitted from an entity outside UConn, the entity is responsible for taking into account the indirect costs associated with disbursing funds through subawards to all subawardees outside UConn.
  3. If a proposal is submitted from an entity outside UConn, with a subaward to UConn, CTSG will distribute the funds directly to the UConn subawardees without associated indirect costs.
  4. If a proposal is submitted from an entity outside UConn, the funds will be transferred to the recipient via a subaward from UConn. This transaction requires indirect costs (59.5 percent on the first $25,000 of a subaward or $14,875). The proposer does not need to include such indirect costs in his or her budget. CTSG is required to adjust the year one budget to include this charge and provide the required match for these indirect charges. However, this amount has to be included into the $750,000 cap. Therefore, for a proposal submitted from an entity outside UConn, the proposer’s year 1 federal budget may not exceed $235,125 and the total three-year federal budget request may not exceed $735,125. Further, proposers from outside UConn must include the required 50 percent match on those indirect costs, i.e., $7,438 in match in addition to 50 percent of the costs they request.

To apply:

Connecticut applicants are encouraged to reach out to Connecticut Sea Grant one to two months before the March application deadline to receive guidance regarding proposal development and to discuss their projects.  The application is available at: grants.gov, opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489. More information on this and other Sea Grant opportunities is available at: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/funding/grants/.

Submission Deadlines:

Complete proposals should be submitted to Connecticut Sea Grant by CTSG by 5 p.m. EST on March 2, 2018 via email to: seagrantresearch@uconn.edu.

Please note that this is a national competition administered by the National Sea Grant Office, and that CTSG has no control over the rules and regulations governing such a competition, and their consequences on individual proposals.

For the original award announcement and links to a webinar about the funding opportunity, click here. Frequently asked questions and answers about the program can be found here: 

Questions? Contact Dr. Syma Ebbin, CTSG Research Coordinator, at:  Syma.ebbin@uconn.edu or by phone at (860) 405-9278.

 


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