2017 NOAA Sea Grant Marine, Coastal and Geat Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available up to $15,000,000 between fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019 to be awarded to aquaculture research projects. Proposals must be submitted through the IISG program. PIs can submit to one of the following categories:

  • Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production: CLOSED
    • PIs who submitted letters of intent through IISG should work with IISG staff as they develop the full proposal.
    • Full proposal documents are due to IISG no later than May 2, 2017.

  • Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities: CLOSED

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    Requests for Research Preproposals FY2018-FY2019: Closed

    IISG provides funding to researchers in Illinois and Indiana who are working on issues of importance to the southern Lake Michigan region through three primary mechanisms, outlines below. Our outreach and education specialists use the research generated through these and other sources as the basis for our programs and work to develop relationships with researchers to ensure we convey the latest information.

    Current and past research can be found on our research page. Press releases and news items about our research are also available.

    Funding opportunities are announced on the IISG homepage and via our email list. If you would like to receive emails about future funding, please email wiith your contact information.

    Funding Mechanisms

    IISG Core Proposals (or Omnibus funds)
    IISG requests proposals for research related to the use, development, and conservation of Lake Michigan coastal resources in Illinois and Indiana. These RFPs typically occur every two years. Researchers in Illinois and Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Funding is approximately $40,000 per year for two years. 
    Guidelines for project reporting

    IISG Research and Outreach Development Proposals
    IISG has limited discretionary funds for the initial development of promising research and outreach projects. Funding for development projects is typically less than $10,000 for not more than one year. In order to be considered for funding, interested applicants should review the guidelines and contact our research coordinator
    Guidelines for project reporting

    National Strategic Investment Proposals
    The National Sea Grant Office requests proposals for research and outreach in a variety of regional and national issues including aquatic invasive species, aquaculture, and marine resource issues. Researchers in Illinois and Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Funding can be in excess of $100,000 per year for two years. When NSI proposals are requested, the RFP will be posted on the IISG home page and via our email list.
    Guidelines for project reporting


Tomas Höök
Associate Director of Research

Carolyn Foley
Assistant Research Coordinator

Angela Archer
Fellowship Program Leader

Additional Funding Opportunities

Region 5 Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: variable

National Science Foundation
Active Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: ongoing

Great Lakes Protection Fund
Current Interests
Application Deadline: ongoing

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
University of Illinois
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374 National Soybean Research Center, MC-635
Urbana, IL 61801
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