National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program

The summary for the National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Department of Commerce, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program: The American lobster (Homarus americanus) is one of the most iconic modern American fisheries and total U.S. landings of lobster have steadily increased over the past 35 years. Today, the ex-vessel value of the American lobster fishery is estimated at roughly $666.7 million and represents one of the largest and most valuable fisheries along the Atlantic coast. In 2015, the American lobster fishery represented the highest landed value in the nation. 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. Of equal concern are potential impacts to lobster larval mortality due to ecosystem and food web changes. Lobster habitat is also changing, although the degree to which is unknown. These changes present threats to the American lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, where the majority of American Lobster is harvested. Although lobster populations and landings in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank have been increasing since the late 1990s, young-of-year surveys began showing declines in 2012. The state of Maine, where more than eighty percent of lobsters harvested in the US were landed in 2016, reported an eighteen percent drop in catch volume in 2017. The recruitment failure experienced in southern New England and its subsequent impacts on the lobster fishery have raised concerns that a similar failure could occur in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Banks after years of record harvests. Understanding the factors leading to recruitment failures and the socioeconomic implications are critical to preserving the American lobster fishery. Both researchers and industry are already observing changes in maturation and growth in the Gulf of Maine lobster population. The 2015 stock assessment found that while the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank stock was at record high abundance, there has been a decline in settlement in recent years - a potential sign of poor future recruitment. Changes in the spatial distribution of the stock such as increased migration between inshore and offshore habitat are also not well-understood. While traditionally much of the lobster fishery has been located in nearshore areas, there is also a need to better understand the growing offshore fishery. As the fishery adapts to the effects of environmental change, there are clear socioeconomic impacts to the communities involved. Critical research is needed now to answer some of the most important questions regarding the lobster stock and its fishery. This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. It is informed by listening sessions with regional fishing industry stakeholders, state and federal fisheries managers, and university, state and federal fisheries researchers. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster under this FFO should have a geographic focus of the Gulf of Maine and/or Georges Bank and address one or more of the following: (1) Increased understanding of life history parameters, including but not limited to, migration, growth, and maturity; (2) Larval studies and early biology; (3) Spatial distribution; and (4) Socio-economic lessons learned from Southern New England as they pertain to Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine. For each research topic above, special emphasis may be placed on the impact of warming temperatures. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between 5-10 research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million in FY2019. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2008, Public Law 110-394) to support leveraged federal and state partnership that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation's universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities. This document sets out requirements for submitting to NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005917. Additional guidance and tips on how best to prepare an application are provided in the Sea Grant General Application Guide available at (
Federal Grant Title: National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program
Federal Agency Name: Department of Commerce (DOC)
Grant Categories: Environment Natural Resources Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005917
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 11.417
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: April 11th, 2019
Original Application Deadline: April 11th, 2019
Posted Date: January 30th, 2019
Creation Date: January 30th, 2019
Archive Date: May 11th, 2019
Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $400,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: January 30th, 2019
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
The following entities are eligible and encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity: 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. The National Sea Grant College Program 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. We encourage applicants 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.
Grant Announcement Contact
Dr. Jim Berkson
NOAA Sea Grant
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD, 20910 Phone: 301-734-1281
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