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Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) Mini Grant

Grants to USA Individuals in Northeastern States for
Projects to Support the Aquaculture Industry in the Region

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - University of Maryland - Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC)

Deadline Date:

08/23/19 4:00 PM Maryland Local Time


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA individuals associated with organizations, research institutions, federal agencies, IHEs, corporations, and agricultural experiment stations in Northeastern states for projects that support the development of the regional aquaculture industry. Examples of fundable projects might include specialized (and timely) workshops that address pressing industry needs, pilot field studies, proof of concept principal research, economic or spatial planning studies, and technology transfer activities.

NRAC supports research, extension education, development, and demonstration projects aimed at increasing aquaculture production, profitability, and processing. The NRAC comprises the geographical region of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.

Proposed research or projects must:

1. Support commercial aquaculture industry development in Washington, DC or the twelve Northeastern states. Your project must be relevant to the needs identified by the aquaculture industry and/or provide evidence of potential economic benefit to the industry.
2. Have the assistance, support, or endorsement of industry in the Northeast. Funded or non-funded industry collaborators are encouraged.
3. Identify role of collaborators. The role of all collaborators and cooperating, non-funded participants must be defined.
4. Meet budget requirements.

NRAC is interested in funding selected projects dealing with the research or extension that fall within the following criteria:

a) Projects of an urgent nature and would not otherwise be practical within the existing NRAC RFA process.
b) Projects of limited scope that do not necessarily fall within the current industry research priority areas. This criterion will be of a secondary priority but will be fully considered.

While proposals do not have to have regional involvement, they must still have multi-state regional relevance, application, impact, and/or importance. Dissemination of project results to targeted audiences is an expectation as is discussion of extension aspects with Extension specialists within the region. Proposals with strong industry support and evidence of industry partnerships are favored. Furthermore, although not a requirement, evidence of strong industry, academic, or governmental collaborative engagement are encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186330

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000 per request

Term of Contract:

NRAC will fund projects for up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified individuals within the region associated with any state agricultural experiment station, college, university, other research institution or organization, federal agency, private organization, or corporation are eligible to participate.

The NRAC program will not pay indirect costs (i.e., overhead) to participating institutions, and will not pay student tuition remission costs. NRAC expects applicants to have equipment and facilities in place; NRAC will not pay for brick-and-mortar costs per the terms in the Prime Grant through USDA/NIFA.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due August 23, 2019 (4:00 PM Local Time in College Park, Maryland).

Successful proposals are expected to receive funding approximately three months following the application deadline and approval from the Board of Directors.

Contact Information:

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

All inquiries and submissions should be addressed to:

Sharon S. Adams
NRAC Coordinator/RFA 2020
Northeastem Regional Aquaculture Center/NRAC
University of Maryland
2113 Animal Sci/Agric. Engineering Building #142
College Park, Maryland 20742-2317

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Delaware;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   Vermont;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia