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Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, Corporations, Agencies,
and Tribes for Research Related to Technologies that Impact Marine Life

American Lobster Research Program

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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)

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05/24/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Cooperative agreements to USA individuals, corporations, and government and Tribal agencies for research and development of technologies that impact marine life. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster and its fishery should have a geographic focus on the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and/or southern New England.

Recent research and regulatory changes have combined to produce an economically complex and ecologically mixed picture about the current and future state of the American lobster fishery. Recent regulatory changes impacting where and how the lobster industry operates have introduced economic uncertainties that place additional pressures on fishing communities as well. The sustainability of the American Lobster fishery relies both on economic resiliency of the industry and ecological understanding of the species. Collaborative approaches that build bridges and support partnerships among industry, State agencies, and/or academia are needed to assist lobster fishers and resource managers advance resilience through technology research, implementation and adoption as well as address gaps in scientific knowledge.

In response, the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant)’s FY2022 American Lobster Research Program, will fund a national competition focused on partnerships and collaborative approaches involving gear technology implementation, research, and adoption for the American lobster fishery.

The priorities of this funding opportunity are to support projects with a geographic focus on the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and/or southern New England and which address one or more of the following:

  1. Development and operationalization of gear technologies, including sub-sea gear location that help industry comply with the requirements set forth in the final 2021 rule (FR–210827–0171) to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP).
  2. Socio-technological or socio-economic research to understand the social, economic, and technological opportunities and/or barriers associated with bringing gear technology to commercial scale in the lobster fishery.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187940

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $750,000
- Award Floor: $50,000

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Projects may be one or two years in duration with a maximum of two years. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2022, with projects to be completed by September 30, 2024 at the latest.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 12 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The NOAA National Sea Grant Office will host a webinar on Thursday, April 14, 2022, from 12:00-1:00pm eastern time to provide an overview of the 2022 American Lobster Research Program Funding Opportunity and its application process. The webinar will include a presentation and provide an opportunity to ask questions that individuals may have about applying to the announcement. Please register in advance here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (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 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 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, such as the waiver for insular areas granted by the Department of Commerce pursuant to 48 U.S.C. 1469a.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

View webinar recording from April 14, 2022 here:

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

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

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