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Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative

Grants to USA Corporations, Individuals, IHEs, Agencies, and Associations
for Research on HMS in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean

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U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

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06/19/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA corporations, individuals, associations, institutions, IHEs, government agencies, and partnerships for research initiatives on highly migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. A letter of intent must be submitted before applying.

As part of the FY 2019 Appropriations Bill for NOAA, Congress directed Sea Grant to spend up to $2 million to initiate an HMS research initiative focused on HMS species in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, including the interactions between yellow-fin tuna and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. This direction, and priorities identified in the 2014 Atlantic HMS Management- Based Research Needs and Priorities document developed by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in collaboration with HMS stakeholders, was used to identify priorities for this initiative that will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about HMS in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean regions.

This initiative will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about HMS in
the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean regions. Additional scientific information on HMS
stocks in the program priority areas listed below is important to ensure future management
programs are designed in an effective manner to prevent overfishing and rebuild overfished

Interested applicants should propose work that outlines how it will conduct research that
addresses one or more of the priorities listed below. Applications should also articulate how
findings will be transferred to relevant end user groups in meaningful ways.

1. Examining the impact of offshore oil platforms and other Fish Aggregating Devices
(FADs) on the biology and behavior of HMS, such as yellowfin tuna;
2. Providing post-release mortality estimates for HMS in commercial and/or recreational
3. Improving HMS stock structure and life history (e.g., age, growth, reproduction)
4. Providing life stage distribution and habitat utilization of HMS; and/or
5. Examining the efficacy of existing or new bycatch reduction techniques for HMS.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185925

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Number of Grants:

Up to 5

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Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
Award Floor: $10,000

Term of Contract:

The awarded project(s) must have a maximum duration of two years. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019, with projects to be completed by August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. The funding source encourages cooperative applicant teams that integrate diverse sectors, including industry, academia, and other groups, as appropriate and encourage the integration of extension and/or communications professionals who will help ensure that research results are conveyed and applied by stakeholders.

Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use, nor can the value of such assets be used as match.

No payment under any grant or contract under this section may be applied to: the purchase or rental of any land; or the purchase, rental, construction, preservation, or repair of any building, dock, or vessel; except that payment under any such grant or contract may be applied to the short-term rental of buildings or facilities for meetings which are in direct support of any Sea Grant Program or project and may, if approved by the Secretary, be applied to the purchase, rental, construction, preservation, or repair of non-self-propelled habitats, buoys, platforms, and other similar devices or structures, or to the rental of any research vessel which is used in direct support of activities under any Sea Grant Program or project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Informational webinar will take place on May 7, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern:

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent must be received by electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 15, 2019.

Eligible applicants must submit application materials by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on June 19, 2019 to

Any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at Applicants are also required to use the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System, as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 CFR Parts 25, which may be accessed at

Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the federal funding request must be provided unless a waiver justified by statute is granted. If you believe your application may qualify for a waiver, please contact the National Sea Grant Office before submission to discuss it. The cumulative match at the end of each year of the grant must not fall below 50 percent of the cumulative federal request up to that point. In-kind contributions directly supporting this application may count towards this matching requirement.

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

Submit Letters of Intent by electronic mail:

For questions about this competition, please contact the Sea Grant HMS research
competition team using the above email address.

The National Sea Grant Office mailing address is:
NOAA Sea Grant
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-734-1066

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