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FY20 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Competition

Grants to USA Individuals and Non-Federal Entities for
U.S. Fisheries Related Research and Development Projects

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

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11/12/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA and Compact Free Associations individuals and non-federal associations, corporations, and nonprofits for research and development projects related to U.S. fisheries. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal and complete required registrations before applying. Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the following priorities: Promotion, Development, and Marketing; Science or Technology that Promotes Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting.

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures (see section IV, F; Funding Restrictions). Under this authority, grants and cooperative agreements are made on a competitive basis (subject to availability of funding) to assist in carrying out projects to expand domestic and foreign markets related to U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries. The term “fisheries” encompasses wild capture, marine aquaculture, and recreational fishing.

The objective of the S-K Research Program is to address the needs of the fisheries and fishing communities in optimizing economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices, dealing with the impacts of conservation and management measures, and increasing other opportunities to use existing infrastructure to support keeping working waterfronts viable. U.S. fisheries include any fishery, commercial or recreational, that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants.

Successful applications will be those aimed at helping fishing communities to resolve issues that affect their ability to fish; making full use of those species that are currently under Federal or state fishery management plans; and addressing the socioeconomic impacts of overfishing and overcapacity.

For more information on the program priorities, see page 5 of the FFO Report document in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186128

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Award Ceiling: $300,000
Award Floor: $25,000

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Grants or cooperative agreements will be awarded for a maximum period of two years (24 months), but shorter term project proposals are welcomed.

The earliest start date for projects will be September 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply for a grant or a cooperative agreement under the Saltonstall- Kennedy Grant Program if:

1. You are a citizen or national of the United States;
2. You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other non- The federal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States within the meaning of section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. app. 802); or
3. You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the States of Micronesia.

Applications are encouraged from:

- Individuals, government entities, and businesses in U.S. insular areas.
- Women and minority individuals and groups
- Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Applications from members of the fishing community and applications that
involve fishing community cooperation and participation

You are not eligible to submit an application under this program if you are an employee of any Federal agency; a Regional Fishery Management Council (Council); or an employee of a Council. However, Council members who are not Federal employees can submit an application to the S-K Program.

For funding restrictions, see page 22 of the FFO Report Document in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a June 27th webinar on how to find and apply for Fiscal Year 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 2:30 pm EST

Teleconference Line: 888-469-0956
Participant Passcode: 1348851

Event number: 909 968 132
Event password: NOAA

Pre-Application Information:

Pre-proposals must be received at under the competition
link named “PRE PROPOSALS FY20 Saltonstall-Kennedy”, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, July 30, 2019.

Within 45 days of the pre-proposal due date, NOAA will inform the authorized representatives if the Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Program encourages or does not encourage submission of a full proposal. It will be the responsibility of the authorized representative to forward notification to the Principal Investigator(s). Regardless of whether you are encouraged or not encouraged, all those who submit accepted pre-proposals and meet all requirements are eligible to submit full proposals.

Full Applications must be received by under the competition link named “FULL Proposals FY20 Saltonstall-Kennedy”, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, November 12, 2019.

When developing your full application submission timeline, please keep in mind that you are encouraged to apply through the website. This electronic submission system is relatively complex for first time users and involves several preliminary registrations to be completed before your application can be submitted. If you have already used the website, the required registrations may have already been completed. Please allow sufficient time for the application to be submitted electronically and for possible computer delays.

If cannot reasonably be used, use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt; private metered postmarks are not acceptable. Postmarked applications received more than 5 business days following the closing date will not be accepted.

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 part25.xml.

Registration can take between 3 days to 4 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as early as possible.

The competitive selection process and subsequent notification of applications being considered for funding are expected to be complete by May of 2020.

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

Contact Information:

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

Clifford Cosgrove
Saltonstall-Kennedy Program Manager
Office of Management & Budget
Phone: 301-427-8736

Regional contacts:

Alaska Region:
Shawn Carey, telephone: (907) 586-7845; email:

West Coast Region: Kim Raneses, telephone: (206) 526- 6131; email:

Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom, telephone: (808) 725-5055; email:

Greater Atlantic Region: Susan Olsen, telephone (978) 281-9330; email:

Southeast Region: Robert Sadler, telephone: (727) 551-5760; email:

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)