Request for Applications
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking research grant funding applications for projects to "... support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints ... The Aquaculture Research program will fund projects that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on one or more of the following program priorities: (1) genetics of commercial aquaculture species; (2) critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species; (3) design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems; and (4) economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability ..."
Eligible applicants include "... state agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals ..."
NIFA anticipates having approximately $1,200,000 in total available grant funds for the program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 with an award ceiling of $300,000.
April 3, 2018 USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement Number: USDA-NIFA-SRGP-006544
Applications Due By: May 17, 2018
The April 3, 2018 USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at
The full Request for Applications is available at
The April 4, 2018 USDA NIFA Announcement, titled "USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Aquaculture Research Programs", is posted at
Questions may be directed to Dr. Gene W. Kim who is a National Program Leader for Aquaculture with the USDA NIFA Institute of Food Production and Sustainability at 202 401 1108; e-mail: Gene.W.Kim@NIFA.USDA.gov
Summary: The following information is taken from the April 3, 2018 USDA NIFA Request for Applications:
B. Purpose and Priorities
The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. by generating new science-based information and technology to address industry constraints. Results of projects supported by this program are intended to help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, expand markets for U.S.- produced products, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America.
Aquaculture produces more than half of the seafood consumed globally, and this contribution is expected to grow. Although U.S. aquaculture production has shown growth, the U.S. has a $13 billion seafood trade deficit and imports more than 90% (by value) of seafood consumed. The factors that limit aquaculture in the U.S. are complex and multifaceted. Applied research in genetics, disease, production systems, and economics is needed to develop practical solutions that will facilitate growth of the U.S. aquaculture industry. This research will help reduce the U.S. trade deficit in seafood products and enhance the capacity of the U.S aquaculture industry to contribute to domestic and global food security and economic growth.
For this FY 2018 Aquaculture Research program, NIFA is soliciting applied aquaculture research applications. Applications must:
- directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry; and
- focus on one or more of the following Program Area Priorities:
* Genetics of commercial aquaculture species;
* Critical disease issues impacting commercial aquaculture species;
* Design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems; or
* Economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability.