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April 5, 2016

United States

Washington, DC—USDA Aquaculture Grants


The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) offers grants for aquaculture research.  The total amount available for these competitive research grants in 2016 is $1.2 million with a maximum of $300,000 total funding for individual, 3-year projects.  NIFA is requesting applications that focus on genetics, economics, production systems and diseases of aquaculture species.


Deadline for submission of applications: May 17, 2016.


Background: The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the USA and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints.  Over the long term, results of projects supported by this program may help improve the profitability of the USA aquaculture industry, reduce the USA trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for USA-produced grain products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America.  The Aquaculture Research program will fund projects that directly address major constraints to the USA aquaculture industry and focus on one or more of the following program priorities: genetics of commercial aquaculture species, critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species, design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems and economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability.


Information: Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (Help Desk Phone 202-401-5048, Email


Sources: 1. Aquacontacts Mail Group News (USDA).  Subject: Google. Maxwell Mayeaux (  April 4, 2016.  2. Grants.Gov.  USDA-NIFA-SRGP-00576.  Special Research Grants Program–Aquaculture Research.  April 3, 2016.


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