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Cooperative Research Program (CRP)

Grants to USA IHEs, Commercial Organizations, Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Individuals for Research on Fisheries Management in Eligible Regions

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

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09/20/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA and territories IHEs, commercial organizations, nonprofits, governments, and individuals for collaborative research on recreational and commercial fisheries management in the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Carribean regions. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

CRP is a competitive Federal assistance program that funds projects seeking to improve the working relationship between fisheries researchers from NMFS, state fishery agencies, universities, and the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial) in the Gulf of Mexico (FL, AL, MS, LA, TX), South Atlantic (FL, NC, SC, GA) and Caribbean (USVI and Puerto Rico). Congress has initiated cooperative research funding to increase transparency and improve the confidence that commercial and recreational fishermen have in data and analyses that support fisheries management.

Projects should focus on collecting data that aids in recovering, maintaining, or improving the status of stocks upon which fisheries depend; improving the understanding of factors affecting recruitment success and long-term sustainability of fisheries; and/or generating increased opportunities for fisheries. The main premise for a CRP project is to provide usable and relevant information to aid fishery researchers, scientists, and managers to make informed decisions.

Stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act are top priority, and research that can be utilized in future stock assessments is encouraged. High priority federally managed FMP species are listed here by Fishery Management Council as a guide to assist in research species/stock selection for the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Caribbean and Highly Migratory Species groups within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the Region.

Priority species by region:

  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) Priority Species: Red snapper, Yellowtail snapper, Vermillion snapper, Yellowmouth grouper, Scamp, King mackerel, Goliath grouper, Black grouper, Gag Grouper, Greater Amberjack, Almaco jack and mutton snapper in the Gulf of Mexico from the west coast of Florida through Texas.
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) Priority Species: Red snapper, Tilefish, Red grouper, Black sea bass, White grunt, Yellowtail snapper, Gray triggerfish, Mutton Snapper, Snowy grouper King mackerel, Spanish mackerel in the South Atlantic EEZ from North Carolina to the east coast of Florida.
  • Caribbean Fishery Management Council Priority Species: Yellowtail snapper, Queen triggerfish, deepwater snappers, grouper complex, and Parrotfish in the EEZ off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • HMS Species complex of Sharks, Tunas and Billfish

Program priorities include:

  1. Commercial and Recreational Finfish
  2. Economic Studies
  3. Commercial Shrimp Harvest
  4. Caribbean Fisheries
  5. HMS Species

For more information on program priorities, see pages 4-7 of the Notice of Federal Funding document in Attached Files below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 186475

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Number of Grants:

The NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center estimates awarding approximately eight projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects will range from $25,000 to $250,000. The average award is $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Awards can be for a maximum period of up to 12 months. Applicants will need to compete for additional years of funding and must include a statement identifying concrete results and accomplishments from the previous year’s effort.

It is suggested that a September 1, 2020, start date be requested on the application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants may be institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, individuals, and state, local, and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible. Foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and international organizations are excluded for purposes of this solicitation since the objective of the CRP is to optimize research and development benefits from U.S. marine fishery resources.

Construction is not an allowable activity under this program. Therefore, applications will not be accepted for construction projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received on by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 20, 2019 to be considered for funding. Please note: Validation or rejection of your application by may take up to 2 business days after submission. Please consider this process in developing your submission timeline.

Applications postmarked or provided to a delivery service after 5:00 pm September 20, 2019 will not be considered for funding. Applications submitted via the U.S. Postal Service must have an official postmark; private metered postmarks are not acceptable. In any event, applications received later than 5 calendar days following the closing date will not be accepted.

Applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number ( and be registered in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) ( Allow a minimum of thirty days to receive a DUNS number and to be registered in SAM. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through

Applicants who are not commercial or recreational fisherman must have commercial or recreational fishermen participating in their project. There must be a written agreement with a fisherman describing the involvement in the project activity and the estimated dollar amount to be provided to that fisherman in compensation for his involvement.

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

For questions regarding the application process, you may contact:

Dax Ruiz, State/Federal Liaison Branch
(727) 824-5324

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USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Texas

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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