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American Lobster Research Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, Corporations, Agencies,
and Tribes for Research on the Impact of Environmental Change

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

04/20/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA individuals, corporations, and government and Tribal agencies for research projects to address the impact of environmental change on eligible species. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster should have a geographic focus on the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and/or southern New England and address one or more of the following: life history parameters, including but not limited to impacts of ocean acidification; distribution and abundance, including but not limited to ecosystem shifts; species interactions; and/or bait alternatives.

This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery are being impacted by environmental change. Applications are sought from research teams and encourage research partnerships between state agencies, academia, and/or industry stakeholders.

Rising ocean temperatures have caused global fish population distribution shifts, and studies suggest warming temperatures may also directly impact the migration, growth, maturity, and natural mortality of American lobster. Ecosystem shifts, food web changes, and ocean acidification all present threats to the American lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England. The 2020 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment found the stock in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank to be healthy but uncertainty about its future remains as the Gulf of Maine continues to warm rapidly. The assessment for the southern New England lobster fishery showed that the fishery was depleted, and found no projection of a resurgence.

A growing body of research has shown the influence of environmental factors, particularly water temperature, on the American lobster’s life history and its population dynamics. From southern New England through downeast Maine the environmental conditions for the range of the American lobster are dynamic and changing quickly. Increased understanding of the rate and scale of these changes are important for the management of this commercial industry whose exvessel value was nearly $630 million dollars in 2019.

As the fishery adapts to the effects of environmental change, teams of researchers, as well as research partnerships between state agencies, academia, and/or industry are needed to understand the potential ecological and economic implications of those changes for the ecosystem and the fishing communities that rely on the resource. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187940

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

Five to ten research projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $400,000
- Award Floor: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021, with projects to be completed by August 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are 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 following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity, in conjunction with a Sea Grant program: 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. 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.

Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. Applicants are encouraged of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.

Funding restrictions can be found on page 11 of the NOFO. See Attached Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Note that National Sea Grant Office staff will only be available to answer questions until 5:00 p.m. EDT.) Please note: validation or rejection of an application by Grants.gov may take up to two business days after submission.

To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 31 U.S.C. 6101 note, to the extent applicable, 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 https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. 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 https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/textidx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr25_main_02.tpl

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331627

Contact Information:

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

For more information, contact the competition manager at oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov.

National Sea Grant College Program
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.734.1066

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