NMFS, in coordination with the New England Fishery Management Council (Council), is soliciting Atlantic Sea Scallop research proposals to utilize scallops that have been set-aside by the Council to fund scallop research endeavors through the 2018/2019 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program. No federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, proceeds generated from the sale of set-aside scallops will be used to fund research activities and compensate vessels that participate in research activities and/or harvest set-aside quota.
The 2018/2019 Atlantic Sea Scallop Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is summarized below and attached. To apply for this NOAA FFO, go to www.grants.gov, and use the following funding opportunity #: NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC-2018-2005322.
Complete proposals/applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. EDT on 11/06/2017. Proposals received after the established deadline will be rejected and returned to the sender without consideration. For proposals submitted through www.Grants.gov, a date and time receipt indication will be the basis of determining timeliness. The proposal must be validated by Grants.gov in order to be considered timely. PLEASE NOTE: It may take Grants.gov up to two (2) business days to validate or reject the application. Please keep this in mind in developing your submission timeline. For those without access to the Internet, one signed original and two hard copy applications must be postmarked or received by the established due date for the program at the following address: Cheryl A. Corbett, NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, ATTN: 2018/2019 Atlantic Scallop Research Set-Aside Program.
Projects funded under the Atlantic Sea Scallop RSA Program must enhance the understanding of the scallop resource or contribute to scallop fishery management decisions. Priority is given to funding research proposals addressing the list of 2018 and 2019 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Priorities listed in the FFO.
For more information on the Northeast Research Set-Aside Programs, please visit http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/coopresearch/rsa_program.html
For questions, please contact Cheryl.Corbett@noaa.gov