Up to $5M in new research funding will be awarded this year by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) through its Sustainable American Aquaculture program. The program is intended to stimulate and advance innovative research in sustainable fish and shellfish production, provide economic opportunities to U.S. farmers, and increase the supply of domestically-produced, nutritious foods to meet growing consumer demand. The FFAR recognizes the major need to understand the biological and technological barriers, and market potential for a diverse range of aquatic species. The funding opportunity takes action to foster the understanding and minimizing of potential environmental impacts of aquaculture production that will be key to public acceptance of farmed fish and shellfish products, and long-term industry success.
Pre-proposal submissions for projects ranging from $250,000 up to $1M will be accepted from July 10th to the August 9th, 2017 deadline. After review, full proposals will then be invited by August 30th, with those invited full proposals being due by October 11th, 2017.
Priority areas for this funding include:
1) Genomics and breeding of less-commonly studied shellfish species (e.g. mussels, clams, scallops) for improved performance parameters.
2) Hatchery research including broodstock development and best early life-cycle production practices.
3) Market-based analyses for new species and/or production systems.
Additional information on this funding opportunity and FFAR can be found at this link.